Luke Pell Shares the Truth About Nick Viall as the New 'Bachelor'

It looks like there was at least one person not as excited as the rest of us to have Nick Viall named as the newest Bachelor. Apparently, it was a last-minute change-up, and Luke Pell's invitation to be the next Bachelor star was rescinded at the eleventh hour.


Pell -- who vied for JoJo Fletcher's heart on the last season of The Bachelorette, before she ultimately gave it to Jordan Rodgers -- revealed the drama behind ABC's decision to bring Viall on instead of himself. He said he had his bags packed and everything, ready to jump on a flight to Los Angeles the next morning, and that contracts had been agreed to -- the whole production crew was expecting him the next day.

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The 31-year-old aspiring country singer told Us Weekly: 

I was checked in to my flight to come to LA. I got a call from producers Sunday night at about 10 p.m. They said ABC had decided to quote-unquote go in a different direction. I was supposed to fly out Monday morning at 9 a.m. I had my bags packed and everything. Most dramatic Monday ever!

Talk about a letdown! Luke confessed that he had rearranged his life to accommodate being on the show, and his sister was even scheduled to "come on for a date and give advice as part of the show." He was even fitted for wardrobe!

As for Nick Viall: This will be Nick's fourth appearance on the franchise, having previously been on The Bachelorette twice (Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe's seasons) as well as season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise.

Don't expect Luke to pull a Nick and make a repeat appearance in the future, though. He said that he's accepted the decision and decided to move on. The war vet explained to the mag, "From all my years in the military, I've learned that some things are out of my control. I put it in the past, and I'm moving forward. It was a huge surprise, but the element of surprise and unexpected decisions is what the show thrives off of."

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He continued, "I'm just happy to get back to my life in Nashville as an entrepreneur and a songwriter. Those are two passions of mine. I put them on hold for the TV show, and now I can return to that."

And as for how he really feels about The Bachelor -- well, he might feel like he dodged a bullet. He confessed that he doesn't want to "wait in the wings for what decisions they can make for my life," and we can't say that we blame him.

But we'll totally miss him.


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