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'Bachelor' Alum Nick Viall Doesn’t Think Hannah Brown Should Be 'Canceled' Over Her N-Word Video

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By Jordan White

Nick Viall doesn’t think Hannah Brown should be "canceled" for her use of the N-word.

Over the weekend, Brown faced backlash after she repeated the N-word while singing the lyrics to DaBaby's single, “Rockstar” on Instagram live.

After she was confronted by fans, Brown initially denied using the word. But on Sunday, she posted a formal apology.

"I owe you all a major apology. There is no excuse and I will not justify what I said,” she shared on her Instagram story.

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"I have read your messages and seen the hurt I have caused. I own it all. I am terribly sorry and know that whether in public or private, this language is unacceptable. I promise to do better,” Brown added.

Since the incident, several “Bachelor” alums have spoken out.

On his latest podcast of "The Viall Files," Viall called Brown’s actions “very ignorant” but he doesn’t believe the reality star is racist.

“The reality is, it is not okay in any context to say that word. I am very critical of Hannah Brown's use of that word,” he said.

Nick Viall taking a selfie in a mirror.
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He continued, "Listen, Hannah Brown has a massive platform. She has been very outspoken about her desire to be a role model, specifically to young women out there. She has talked about it a lot. And quite frankly, her going on Instagram Live, and using that word in any context whatsoever is not being a role model, certainly not a good one."

That said, the former “Bachelor” doesn’t think she should be “canceled."

"I don't think Hannah Brown should be canceled,” Viall stated.

Hannah Brown and Nick Viall posing together.
Nick Viall/Instagram

Instead, Viall wants this to be a "learning opportunity” for Brown.

“I got a lot of messages too, saying, 'Let's cancel Hannah Brown!' You know how I feel about cancel culture. I don't think there's a lot of positives that come from it. This is a learning opportunity, hopefully for Hannah. Let's see how she responds," he explained.

And while Brown did apologize, Viall wasn’t impressed.

“Honestly, her initial response was disappointing. She has since posted a written apology on her Instagram Story that is set to expire. As Rachel [Lindsay] said on her Instagram Live, that doesn't read as sincere,” he explained.

Rachel Lindsay and Nick Viall posing together in polka dot outfits.
Nick Viall/Instagram

He added, “We don't know whether that came from her heart or if it came from her publicist. Frankly, that's a really terrible apology and really insincere and it comes across as, again, ignorant to what she's speaking on."

On her own Instagram Live, Rachel Lindsay (the first and only black “Bachelorette), made it clear that she wasn’t okay with Brown’s actions.

"We can't give people a pass for this. We have to hold people accountable for what they're doing," Lindsay said.

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