'The Bachelor': New leading man is a surprise choice

Arie Luyendyk Jr

Fans of The Bachelor were shocked this morning by the surprise reveal of the show's next leading man. Arie Luyendyk Jr.is the new star, and he opened up about the honor, saying he still can not believe it but that he is excited nevertheless. "Then, they pulled out and Arie was so pissed", the source explains.

Luyendyk hasn't appeared on the show in five years, since he was dumped by Season 8 Bachelorette Emily Maynard in favor of Jef Holm (though Holm and Maynard split just months later). In fact, in 21 seasons of "The Bachelor", only two have ended up in marriage.

ABC has announced race vehicle driver Arie Luyendyk (LY-en-dyk) Jr.as its next "Bachelor".

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If you forgot about Arie (like I did), allow me to refresh your memory.

How do you feel about Arie Luyendyk Jr.as the new Bachelor? The news comes from a surprise announcement on today's Good Morning America, where Luyendyk Jr., a race vehicle driver, spoke with Michael Strahan about his pretty low-key casting process.

"It's been an ongoing conversation through the last couple of years", Arie told People. He said that his profession will help him make decisive choices when it comes to picking his potential fiancee among 20-plus women. "I just kind of went in with an open mind, open heart".

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One person who seems unreservedly happy about ABC's choice is Luyendyk, who told People, "I could not be more excited for this journey I'm about to embark on". I'm just focused on the outcome. "I feel like I'm the last one of my friends to really take that last step". "Now that I've had some time and distance away from it, it feels like the feeling I had before I went into it the first time".

Born in the Netherlands, Luyendyk, 35, and his family immigrated to the USA when he was three years old.

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