The Next ‘Bachelor’ Has Been Announced & He’s Super Random

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Well, guys, the time has finally come — just one week before the Bachelor in Paradise finale, we already know who the next leading man of The Bachelor is going to be… and out of all the guys we would’ve picked, this one kind of came out of left field.

Initially there were talks of runner-up, Peter Kraus from the most recent Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay‘s season taking on the title of ‘Bachelor’ — Reality Steve (AKA the guy who always knows Bachelor Nation spoilers) even announced that it had been confirmed despite Peter originally rejecting the offer.

However when Bachelor creator, Mike Fleiss tweeted the following, people were back to square-one:

Some have said that Peter’s demands were too high (plus, he didn’t even know if the process would work for him last season!), while others said that Mike is fed up with the spoilers and halted deal talks when Peter as the Bachelor had been unofficially confirmed.

Then Ben Zorn, who chose to leave Bachelor in Paradise during last week’s episode to return home to his dog, Zeus, was rumored to be taking the role after Mike tweeted-then-deleted something about the next Bachelor having never had a hometown date. He was from Kaitlyn Bristowe‘s season of The Bachelorette, so it wasn’t too ancient for Bach fans to remember.

But this morning on Good Morning America, they announced the man who would be taking the iconic role as none other than Arie Luyendyk Jr. Those who have been with Bachelor Nation for a while know him as the runner-up from Emily Maynard‘s season… AKA a whopping six Bachelorettes ago. Arie was in talks to become the Bachelor a few seasons ago but then they went with Chris Soules instead (good choice there, guys…) meaning Arie has been waiting in the wings for quite some time now. He’s held off from doing BiP and even Bachelor Pad, waiting patiently for his time to really shine.

As you may have imagined, Bachelor Nation (via Twitter) had something to say about the announcement:

Not everyone was disappointed though:

It’s true, perhaps Bachelor producers dug into the archives hoping to restore the show back to its former glory days of people who were actually on the show to find love… not cyber-fame. (No hate to Peter though, I would’ve 100% been signing up for his season if he’d been chosen.)