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Nick Viall continues to be at the center of the huge backlash surrounding his casting on The Bachelor Season 21

It’s pretty much all fans of the franchise are talking about right now. 

It’s even overshadowing the drama on Bachelor in Paradise. It’s all getting a bit crazy. 

Nick Viall of Bachelor In Paradise Cast on 'Extra'
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If you recall, Luke Pell was long rumored to be stepping into the limelight and getting another shot at love. 

Fans were obviously pretty happy about his potential casting. He’s everything a suitor on the show should be. 

He quickly became a fan favorite on The Bachelorette Season 12 and it left a bad taste when he didn’t make it all the way with JoJo Fletcher. 

Luke Pell Photo
Photo via ABC

That’s probably one of the reasons he was approached by producers in the first place. 

Either way you look at it, Pell was meant to be the new bachelor and it all changed pretty quickly for him. 

Speaking to Us Weekly, Luke had a lot to say about what went down

"We were all satisfied, had agreed to the contracts and everything was moving forward. I was checked in to my flight to come to L.A.," he explained."

"I got a call from producers Sunday night at about 10 p.m. They said ABC had decided to quote-unquote go in a different direction. I was supposed to fly out Monday morning at 9 a.m. I had my bags packed and everything. Most dramatic Monday ever!"

"We had planned for intro filming and had planned to have my sister come on for a date and give advice as part of the show. I met with the wardrobe guys. Everything was moving forward. Everyone on the production level was expecting it to be me, as well."

Luke Pell Pic
Photo via ABC

It’s pretty sad that he was pretty much guaranteed to go be the star of the show, only to have it pulled from under him. 

Perhaps ABC didn’t find his story quite as compelling as the person they inevitably chose. 

That was Nick Viall, who is arguably one of the more polarizing suitors to grace the franchise. 

When Nick’s casting was revealed, there was a lot of chatter about it on Twitter. Most of it wasn’t positive. 

This will be Nick’s fourth chance to find love after appearing in two seasons of The Bachelorette and one season of Bachelor in Paradise. 

Now, one fan has launched a petition to allow the 25 women to choose between Nick Viall and Luke Pell. 

"Let Luke Pell and Nick Viall both be the new Bachelor and let the 25 women choose who they want. Like Britt and Kaitlyn did," wrote Patricia Ambern, who started the petition on

Britt Pic
Kaitlyn The Bachelorette Photo

"There are A LOT of fans from Bachelor Nation who love Luke Pell as well," she continued.

"Please consider this request. Thank you from a Luke Pell fan!!"

It’s really not too much to ask and ABC would get the best of both worlds. Both men obviously have different fans, so it would at least drum up some more interest for the show. 

Who would you pick?

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