Nick Viall I Didn't Ruin 'The Bachelorette'

8/28/2015 12:40 AM PDT

Nick Viall -- I Didn't Ruin 'The Bachelorette' (VIDEO)

EXCLUSIVE

Perpetual 'Bachelorette' runner-up Nick Viall insists he didn't spoil this season's finale by hanging with an attractive woman who wasn't Kaitlyn Bristowe ... on the eve of the show's finale. 

Viall says he's got nothing but love for the newly-crowned bachelor Ben Higgins ... a role Nick coveted. 

As for finding love on reality TV ... he's just not giving up.