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

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

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

A few thought it might be a prank鈥

While others were just confused鈥

And some were downright disappointed鈥

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

And frankly, they make some good points鈥

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

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