After being left in the dark for what seemed like an actual decade, our season 22 Bachelor was *finally* announced during Good Morning America back in September—and now, ABC has released the season’s first promo:
When news first broke about the next bachelor, we were shocked it wasn’t our second-choice Eric Bigger. Instead, we needed a re-introduction to Arie Luyendyk Jr.
WATCH: Arie Luyendyk Jr. discusses becoming the new Bachelor with .
— Good Morning America (@GMA)
If you, like us, were wondering who the heck this person is, Arie Luyendyk was the runner up—and fan favourite—on Emily Maynard’s season FIVE years ago… and we honestly forgot he existed until this very moment. But apparently Arie didn’t forget about us. (Or at least, The Bachelor.)
“[The producers and I have] kept in touch over the last few years but this just fit perfect, the timing of this really fit,” our newest lead said while making his official announcement on GMA. “I was a little skeptical just because we’ve been in talks for a few years about doing it. But I just kind of went in with an open mind and an open heart and it kind of just hit me right now that I’m here.”
The 35-year-old race car driver (Mike Fleiss’s makes so much sense now) hasn’t been part of the Bachelor Nation scene since his time on the show, and fans have mixed emotions about his return.
Some are super into the idea:
. as the next is the best news since sliced bread! Where my OG Bachelor fans at?!
— Katie Niemiec (@katieniemiec)
happy about being the next bachelor ! We need the change away from the past few seasons
— Kimberly Angelina (@kajoya8)
So many youngings are salty about Arie being the next Bachelor, but I’m over here like:
— Jen Stanger (@officerJENko)
If you’re wondering how I’m being won over on Arie being the next Bachelor it’s basically because of this
— Brett S. Vergara (@BrettSVergara)
Some are not:
ABC: “Arie is the next bachelor”
Everyone: WHO IN THE HECK ARE YOU?
— Stephani Carter (@StephaniCarter)
AND THE NEXT BACHELOR IS….
arie luyendyk jr from half a decade ago
— AL (@MissSchliez)
My schedule is really about to free up since I have zero interest in the next bachelor.
— Ashley (@Apoko36)
Underwhelming isn’t even the right word for the next bachelor announcement..
— Yaz (@yazzminnnnn)
Actual reaction of me finding out is the next Bachelor
— Ashley Woller (@ashleywoller)
Arie being the next
— Jan Levinson (@REAL_Raff)
But most are just pissed it’s not Peter:
I think the next actually meant to sign up for . Someone explain to him and let’s give Peter a call back!
— Katie Wieberg (@ktothes)
Ok but why is the next Bachelor some dude I’ve never even heard of?? Like wth where’s Peter??
— Cait (@_caitlinnn01)
They couldn’t get Peter, so they went for the next salt&pepper-haired guy. Just doesn’t work.
— P (@paigemaretti_)
When the announces Peter isn’t the next bachelor
— hailey (@Hae_ranae)
Me when I found out Peter wasn’t the next Bachelor
— Hannah Steketee (@hannahsteketee)
We will admit, the man *has* aged like a fine wine and he’s probs more attractive than most of the guys in Paradise right now. BUT with that being said we can’t help but notice some underlying resemblances to Peter. The salt-and-pepper hair. The blue eyes. The age. It begs the question: Is Arie Luyendyk Jr. The Bachelor’s wannabe Peter since they couldn’t get the real thing? I guess if we can’t have our gap-toothed boo, we’ll have to make due with his lesser look-alike.