EXCLUSIVE: Nick Viall Responds to Chris Soules' Claim That He's Fame Hungry: 'No, I Don't Want to Be Famous'

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He may have spent four seasons finding love on reality television (and about to spend another dancing), but Nick Viall says he doesn't want to be famous.
ET's Lauren Zima caught up with Viall and his new fiancee, Vanessa Grimaldi, in Los Angeles on Tuesday, where he slammed claims that he's seeking fame -- including from his friend, former Bachelor Chris Soules.
Soules, who competed with Viall for Andi Dorfman's heart on The Bachelorette, told ET last week that the most recent Bachelor "loves the spotlight," and has been wanting to do Dancing With the Stars for a while.
"He loves being famous. He loves the spotlight, he really, truly does. If he wouldn't admit that, he's lying," Soules said. "I love the guy to death and there's nothing wrong with that."
"I've talked to him [about DWTS]. I think the guy's got it down. He's kind of a reality television pro. He knows what he's getting into, and he's been wanting do this for a long time and good for him," he added.
On Tuesday, however, Viall said Soules' claims couldn't be further from the truth.
"I don't think I've ever said that to him," Viall shared. "Chris has a way with words sometimes. He has done a lot of reality TV himself. I don't have a reaction to [his comments that I'm seeking fame]. Listen, I'm very grateful Dancing asked me to do it. It should be fun."
"Actually, no [I don't want to be famous]," he added. "It's funny, because the opportunities I've been given in The Bachelor world, quite honestly, other than Andi's season, those were opportunities that were presented to me, and I certainly was open to them. It was the right decision."
Viall, who is paired with Peta Murgatroyd for the upcoming season of DWTS, also opened up about his first dance.
"I'm still working on it. I'm very, very excited about the song Peta and I have to dance to. I don't want to spoil it, but I could not be more excited about it," he confessed. "[Vanessa] has been very supportive. She might be slightly more excited than I am."
"I have a great partner in Peta... It's going to be fun for America to watch her journey, having just had a baby boy and coming back from that," he shared, adding that he and Murgatroyd are like "brother and sister." "Obviously dancing is meant to be romantic and sexy and things like that, but we really just have this goofy, playful thing."
"Maks [Chmerkovskiy] has been very gracious and kind. She's a goofball, I'm a goofball. I feel like our team chemistry is good," he said.
Viall's commitment to DWTS will definitely test his new relationship with Grimaldi. See how the two handled their first public appearance as a couple on The Bachelor: After the Final Rose in the video below.