ABC Makes a Surprising Pick for the Next 'Bachelor' Star

Arie Luyendyk Jr.
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It's finally happening. Arie Luyendyk Jr. has been tapped to be the next star of The Bachelor, and it's making our fangirl dreams come true. In a bold move by ABC, the network went to the way-back machine to bring back a favorite all the way from Emily Maynard's season of The Bachelorette.

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Bachelor producer Mike Fleiss has been shooting down rumors over the past several days that the star would be one one of the men from Rachel Lindsey's season, with the front-runners being Peter Kraus and Dean Unglert.

It seems as though Peter's reluctance to propose, and Dean's intensely unlikabe ways on Bachelor in Paradise, lost them the gig. And thank goodness, because we could not be more excited about Arie landing the role if we tried!

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The professional race car driver was on Good Morning America Thursday to announce his return to Bachelor Nation. He said he was "a little skeptical" when he got the call from ABC five years after being turned down in favor of Sean Lowe (and later Chris Soules), but that timing is perfect.

The 35-year-old told host Michael Strahan that the call was "pretty recent," and, "We've kept in touch over the years. This just fit really perfect. The timing of this just really fit."

"I was a little skeptical because we'd been in talks for a few years about doing it, so I just kind of went into it with an open heart, an open mind," he continued. "It just hit me that yeah, I'm here."

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He also said that his family and friends were just as shocked as us to learn that he's the next Bachelor. "This has been such a quick turn of events ... Now they know along with you guys!" he added.

We cannot wait for what we're pretty sure is going to be the best season in Bachelor/Bachelorette history. Well played, ABC, well played.

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