Ben Higgins explains why Nick Viall is called "opportunistic."

Ben Higgins explains why Nick Viall is called "opportunistic." ...

Ben Higgins admits that he might have used a different vocabulary to describe Nick Viall for the former Bachelor stars in the New York Times poll.

After an hour-long interview, Higgins, 33, told Page Six exclusively, adding that he did the NYT interview several times ago.

But actually what I said about it was precisely the second part. Like, Nick works hard. He is a person who will place his foot in the door.

Viall, 41, will make sure to make the phone phone call for himself and his close friends, according to Higgins.

During this entire process, times become quite difficult, and hes the dude I call, Higgins continues.

He knows that, like, there are not many people I call. He is one of those maybe two or three that Ill call and be like, Hey, am I crazy? Is there anything wrong?

Higgins told Page Six that he has even given Viall a reason to encourage him to try out-of-the-box dating methods outside of reality TV shows and dating apps.

Viall said he was the one who encouraged him to start messaging followers on Instagram, which is how he eventually linked up with his now-wife, Jessica Clarke.

So, you know, there might have been a lot better choice of words to describe that [part of his personality], added Higgins, once more refering to the NYT piece.

I really meant he is a hard worker, and he makes sure his foot in the door is secure, which I personally consider an admirable.

Page Six also admitted to Viall that, in a certain light, the word is correct to describe him.

I believe it is important for everyone to take advantage of the opportunities offered to them, according to the Season 21 Bachelor lead.

I have attempted to take this advantage of myself and use the opportunity that the show has given me to work hard and to put in the work and try to create something of myself. And therefore, I think this assumption would be correct in this light.

In a heated cook-off hosted by Joel McHale on Tuesday's episode of Celebrity Beef on E! Next up, Higgins and Viall will settle their beef over who was the better Bachelor.

On E!, Celebrity Beef airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET!

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