New Claim About 'Bachelor' Chris Soules Is Disappointing at Best

Chris Soules

Even though not all fans were in agreement that he was the best man for the job, Chris Soules' season of The Bachelor has actually turned out to be one of the most entertaining yet. Aside from the fact that the women cast to date him are some of the craziest in the show's history, Chris has also proven himself to be a really decent, genuine guy, which is definitely a breath of fresh air.


But as it turns out, he was this close to losing the gig and remaining a single farmer, at least as far as the immediate future is concerned.

Get this one -- Sean Lowe claims that Arie Luyendyk, Jr. was told he was The Bachelor for the current season, but then producers had a change of heart at the last minute and put Chris in the driver's seat.

Arie Luyendyk Jr.

Sean explained to Dish Nation:

I was campaigning for my race car-driving buddy Arie. From what I understand, the show, the producers that make the show, they wanted Arie as well. [But] they've got some new execs, and they were getting nervous. Like, Arie hadn't been on TV in two years.

They actually told Arie he was gonna be The Bachelor. They flew down, had a camera crew, filmed him telling his family he was gonna be the next Bachelor — then pulled the rug out from underneath him and made Chris The Bachelor.

Whoa. If what he says is true, then Arie's seemingly "sore loser" attitude about Chris being given the job totally makes sense now. Remember when he tweeted something about not being The Bachelor and told people to "have fun on the farm," or whatever?

It really seemed like he was being a bit childish about the whole thing, but if he'd truly been told that he was the star of the new season only to have the tables turned on him, we really can't blame him for being pissed.

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Of course, now that Arie is in a happy relationship, he's probably feeling more of the "everything happens for a reason" vibe about not being cast as The Bachelor, so odds are good there are no hard feelings between him and ABC.

But if for some reasons things don't quite work out with him and his girlfriend? Yeah. He'd better get his fair shot as the star of the show once and for all.

Do you think Arie would've been a better Bachelor than Chris?


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