People Have a Lot of Feelings About Arie Luyendyk Jr. As the Next Bachelor
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People Have a Lot of Feelings About Arie Luyendyk Jr. As the Next Bachelor

The announcement of a new Bachelor or Bachelorette is always met with mixed reactions, but this season’s big reveal has sparked a particularly passionate response, perhaps because of the long build-up and Mike Fleiss’s incessant social media teases. Many Bachelor Nation fans were hoping that the next leading man would be someone from Rachel Lindsay or JoJo Fletcher’s Bachelorette seasons — Peter Kraus, Eric Bigger, and Wells Adams were the top vote-getters on Twitter — but Bachelor producers went even further back in time, to season eight Bachelorette alum Arie Luyendyk Jr.

“This is pretty surreal,” 35-year-old Luyendyk Jr. told People shortly after his new gig was announced. “It doesn’t really feel real yet, but I’m taking it step by step. The timing is just so perfect in my life. I could not be more excited for this journey I’m about to embark on.”

Some fans share his excitement, but others are less enthused.

A few thought it might be a prank…

While others were just confused…

And some were downright disappointed…

But there are also those who are thrilled about the new Bachelor and totally ready to join Luyendyk Jr. on his romantic journey…

And frankly, they make some good points…

We’ll just have to see if the new leading man can win over Bachelor Nation and find true love while the cameras are rolling. “I just want to find that spark with somebody,” he told People. “I want someone to share my life with. I feel like it’s my time. I’m going into this with an open heart.” Let’s hope fans do the same.

How do you feel about Arie Luyendyk Jr. as the new Bachelor? Let us know @BritandCo!

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