Arie Luyendyk Jr. Announced As “The Bachelor” – Watch “GMA” Video!

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Arie Luyendyk Jr Next Bachelor

By Shari Weiss |

Arie Luyendyk Jr Next Bachelor


Arie Luyendyk Jr. was officially announced as the new star of “The Bachelor” on Thursday’s “Good Morning America.” Watch the full “GMA” video below!

Five years after appearing on Emily Maynard’s season of “The Bachelorette,” Luyendyk is back and ready to find his true love. Speaking with Michael Strahan on the morning show, the next “Bachelor” said of his upcoming gig on the reality series, “I was a little skeptical, because we’ve been in talks for a few years about doing it. I just went in with an open mind, an open heart, and it’s just kind of hit me right now that I’m here.” And on keeping his participation in the show a secret, Luyendyk said, “I kind of kept things really under wraps. I didn’t know how this would turn out. It’s been such a quick turn of events, and my family doesn’t know, so now they know!”

Before the official “GMA” announcement, it was widely speculated that Peter Kraus, the runner-up on Rachel Lindsay’s season of “The Bachelorette” this summer, would be the next “Bachelor.” Of course, as Gossip Cop reported, Kraus was reluctant to get engaged to someone after just a few weeks of dating, but once the season came to a close, many believed he could go on his own journey for love with roughly 25 new female suitors.

In mid-August, however, creator Mike Fleiss seemed to throw cold water on the possibility, tweeting, “Do we really want a Bachelor who isn’t ready to settle down with a woman he loves? Hmmm. Not what #thebachelor is all about…” Whether he later changed his mind or was just trying to throw people off course is unclear, but that speculation only increased. Fleiss even spent the next two weeks teasing a “shocking” announcement. But this week, he point-blank stated Kraus would not get the job, and then started dropping “clues” as to the actual person’s identity.

And now Luyendyk’s gig is official. He follows in the footsteps of Nick Viall, who starred on “The Bachelor” earlier this year. Unfortunately, he and fiancée Vanessa Grimaldi have already split, and Maynard long ago broke up with winner Jef Holm, which isn’t exactly a good omen for Luyendyk. Regardless, production will start back up this fall, with the new season airing in early 2018. Gossip Cop, of course, will have full coverage. Watch the “GMA” video below! NOTE: The video is no longer available.

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