We finally have a new Bachelor and it’s none other than Emily Maynard’s Runner up, Arie Luyendyk Jr.
So who is Arie Luyendyk Jr?
He is a 35-year-old professional auto racing driver. He hasn’t appeared on the franchise since 2012.
Read on for Twitter reactions from our very own Bachelor Nation.
Let’s start with the host himself.
— Chris Harrison (@chrisbharrison) September 7, 2017
Congrats @ariejr! Wishing you all the best on your new journey #thebachelor
— Rachel Lindsay (@TheRachLindsay) September 7, 2017
New phone who dis? #thebachelor
— Chase Brody McNary (@cbmcnary) September 7, 2017
Honestly his season was the best season of all time
— Caila Quinn (@CailaQuinn) September 7, 2017
— Luke Pell (@lukepell) September 7, 2017
Oh the stories I could tell…
— j e f h o l m (@jefholm) September 7, 2017
Anddddddddd ABC with the 40th round draft pic…….. https://t.co/d1ztJMVoXT
— Vinny Ventiera (@VINNYVINSANE) September 7, 2017
It’s about time! Couldn’t have picked a better guy. https://t.co/n5qBiH8RRs
— Sean Lowe (@SeanLowe09) September 7, 2017
— Nick Viall (@viallnicholas28) September 7, 2017
I like Arie as #thebachelor. He represents a purer time before gummies & laxative tea. (Also pls check out my new ointment line coming 2025)
— Evan Bass (@ebassclinics) September 7, 2017
Ali Fedotowsky Manno
So happy for you @ariejr ? Couldn’t be more thrilled with ABC’s choice! https://t.co/9lc3EAPFul
— Ali Fedotowsky-Manno (@AliFedotowsky) September 7, 2017
I think it was such a good choice choosing someone who’s out of the current Bachelor bubble! Happy for ya @ariejr ?? #thebachelor
— Amanda Stanton (@amandastantonnn) September 7, 2017
Emily Maynard Johnson
In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, she said:
“I have been wanting Arie to be the Bachelor since my season ended forever ago, and I know he’s going to be great!” she says.
“He’s so much fun to be around and comes from the nicest family, so the girls on his season really lucked out with him! Arie deserves nothing but the best, and I hope everything goes wonderfully for him!”