There’s a bit of drama surrounding the announcement of the new Bachelor, Chris Soules. Then again, there’s always drama on the set of any Bachelor show. However, the new season hasn’t even started filming and already there is a bit of drama going on. It seems that former Bachelorette contestant Arie Luyendyk Jr. was in contention to become the next bachelor before losing out to the farmer from Iowa, and he’s not happy about it.
He’s the first to break the news of the new Bachelor’s identity, sending out a tweet on Monday, despite the fact that the new Bachelor wasn’t officially announced until Wednesday. “I’m not the Bachelor. Have fun on the farm people,” he tweeted angrily on Monday.
According to a source from the hit ABC show, Arie was a final contender and producers were happy with him. However, he wasn’t chosen because the popularity and appeal of Soules isn’t something the producers could pass up.
“Unlike a lot of Bachelors, you know what Chris is offering. He wants to find a wife and a family so badly, but he’s also stuck in a place that he absolutely loves and where he needs to be for his job. Being a farmer’s wife might not be for everybody, but there are a lot of women who really believe in it. It will be a season different from other seasons. There will be some fun, pleasant surprises,” says the Bachelor source.
Ultimately, the fans and the producers of the show wanted to see the Iowa native in the role of Bachelor, but not everyone agrees that it was the best choice. He’s been looking for love ever since he placed second on the eighth season of The Bachelorette as a contender for Emily Maynard’s heart. He ultimately lost out on her affections and has been looking for a future wife ever since.
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