Chris Harrison Defends Nick Viall as the Next 'Bachelor': 'He's the Most Deserving'

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Chris Harrison believes this could be the "most dramatic season ever" of The Bachelor.

In a somewhat surprising turn of events, it was revealed on Tuesday that Nick Viall would be the next Bachelor, and the choice has been met with some mixed reviews. Harrison, however, told Good Morning America on Wednesday that he stands by this decision.

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Viall, 35, was a contestant on Andi Dorman and Kaitlyn Bristowe's season of The Bachelorette, and recently appeared on Bachelor in Paradise. While he's always been open to finding love on a reality TV show, Viall has always "come up short," as Harrison put it.

"He's the most deserving," the Bachelor host insisted. "He wants to make this work."

Harrison hopes that with Viall having 25 to 30 women vie for his affection will get him better results than when he's been one of many men trying to fall in love with one woman. "Being 'the guy' will definitely help," he added. "It will help his odds."

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While some fans still aren't convinced that Viall should be the next Bachelor, Harrison thinks the controversy just "shows how much people love and care about the show."

We've been loving Viall on BIP this season -- find out why in our recap below!