The New Bachelor Is Here and He's a Total Surprise to Everyone

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The New Bachelor Is Here and He's a Total Surprise to Everyone

He was the hot race vehicle driver who sped into our hearts and quickly earned the nickname "Kissing Bandit" before being sent home.

"This just fit ideal - the timing of this really fit for me", Luyendyk, who was "The Bachelorette" Season 8 runner-up, told Michael Strahan on "Good Morning America".

Since stepping away from the race track in 2010, Arie Luyendyk Jr. jumped into the reality TV scene and was the runner-up on The Bachelorette during the eighth season in 2012 with Emily Maynard.

Ready to meet his wife: Arie Luyendyk Jr will be the next The Bachelor star.

Season 22 will debut in January. "It just hit me that yeah, I'm here".

It's been a long wait, but on Thursday, Bachelor fans finally found out who the franchise's next leading man will be.

Said Luyendyk Jr., "I just want to find that spark with somebody". Let's just say that whoever ends up winning his season is going to have a pretty comfortable lifestyle. "I want to find my person and will do whatever it takes!" "So now they know".

As Radar readers know, Peter Kraus was the fan's number one choice, yet after failing to propose to Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay, producers were skeptical. ABC had also approached former Bachelor Ben Higgins for a second round of starring, but the Almost Famous host turned down the gig, explaining why on his podcast. Series creator Mike Fleiss confirmed Wednesday on Twitter that Rachel Lindsay's ex would not be joining the show.

Many fans wanted Peter Kraus to be the next "Bachelor". 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 ideal.

The professional driver said he's still friends with his Season 8 "Bachelorette" buddies John Wolfner and Sean Lowe and would be reaching out to them for advice. Sound like you? Ladies, you know where to sign up.

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