In today’s edition of “Why Not Peter?” we officially have the big announcement about the star of The Bachelor.
Who will be handing out the roses each week? Who will find love? Who will get down on bended knee with a proposal and a Neil Lane ring?
The next Bachelor is Arie Luyendyk Jr.
Again I ask: Who will be handing out the roses each week? Who will find love? Who will get down on bended knee with a proposal and a Neil Lane ring? Who the hell is this man?
You might recognize Arie if you’ve been a member of Bachelor Nation for a bit. He competed on season eight of The Bachelorette, which starred Emily Maynard. He made it to the finals, but in the end, she chose Jef Holm… who she broke up with eventually. Ah, romance.
A quick Google search (we are not the only ones Googling this man, that much is for sure) reveals that Arie is a racecar driver currently living in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born in the Netherlands and he’s 35 years old. He’s 6’2″ (ok, we have one good thing going for us) and he comes from a legacy of racing, with his dad also hitting the track behind the wheel.
He seems excited to be the show’s 22nd lead, so that makes one of us.
— Arie Luyendyk Jr. (@ariejr) September 7, 2017
So, just so we’re clear, we could have experienced a season of Peter, Eric, or Alex (among many other viable candidates!).
But instead, we’re going to get a lot of this.
Apparently, there was some drama about who to choose as this season’s leading man and production was left in a “panic.”
A source (whose name I’m going to go out on a limb and guess rhymes with Flike Meiss) told People that the show’s producers were eyeing Peter, but his demands and commitment issues were too much to handle.
“Really, the producers feel like ANY demands coming from Peter are a bit much; they always think everybody should be falling all over themselves to get this honor. And Peter just doesn’t play that way. He doesn’t play by any of the rules — if he did, he’d have just proposed to Rachel even though he knew it wouldn’t work out, and then broken up with her a few months later, like Nick just did. But he couldn’t be forced into it.”
So, here we are. Don’t pretend you won’t still be watching. Who would you rather be watching?