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08/11/2015 03:05 pm ET Updated Aug 12, 2015

'Bachelorette' Villain Nick Viall Says He'd Consider Being The Next Bachelor

If nominated, would he accept? Well, he's not saying no.
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Despite suffering two brutal rejections on "The Bachelorette," first by Andi Dorfman, then by Kaitlyn Bristowe, Nick Viall admitted on HuffPost's "Here to Make Friends" podcast Tuesday that he'd still be open to finding love on reality TV. 

Asked if he would accept an offer to become the next Bachelor, Viall told hosts Claire Fallon and Emma Gray, "To be perfectly honest, I would seriously consider it. It's obviously an incredible opportunity." If anything, he seems to consider his sometimes-bumpy history on the show as good preparation for a future Bachelor: "As a 34-year-old, having dated and having had relationships not work out, you learn about yourself. You learn about what you want [...] and I feel fortunate to be in a position in my life where I know who I am and I'm very comfortable in my own skin and I know what I'm looking for."

Still, the two-time "Bachelorette" runner-up said he doesn't want to become the guy who only dates with a mic pack on and a host of cameras circling. "I don't want to get pigeonholed," he joked. "But at the same time, it can certainly work."

If he doesn't get the nod from ABC -- Viall says he has no idea who will turn out to be the next Bachelor -- he had a few thoughts on another former "Bachelorette" contender who might be a good choice. "Obviously, Ben H.'s name comes up a lot," he said. "I think he would be a great choice [...] I have a lot of respect for Ben H. He is as sweet as everyone thinks he is."

What is Ben H. really like? Well, Viall said, "I might be giving myself too much credit, but Ben kind of reminds me of when I was 26." 

As of now, Viall says he's in a good place after taking a few months to regroup from his last season of "The Bachelorette" -- but there's no one special in his life at the moment. "I am not currently dating anyone specific or exclusive. I'm not really actively dating," he told "Here to Make Friends."

You heard him, ladies. Now's your chance; after all, who knows how long he'll be off-camera and on the market?

For more from Nick Viall of "The Bachelorette," including a recap of this week on "Bachelor in Paradise," check out the new episode of HuffPost's "Here to Make Friends":

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