Chris Soules, The Bachelor


Get ready for a nice little roll in the hay, ladies!

The next Bachelor has been chosen, and it is....Chris Soules (aka Farmer Chris!), the fan favorite Iowan farmer from Andi Dorfman's season, E! News has learned. ABC isn't commenting, however sources who work on the show tell us that Chris beat out former Bachelorette star Arie Luyendyk Jr. to be the ABC hit franchise's next leading man.

We are told that Chris will appear on Good Morning America tomorrow to confirm the news.

According to insiders, Arie was recently informed that he would not be the next Bachelor, and he soon took to Twitter to break the news to his supporters. "I'm not the Bachelor, have fun on the farm people," he wrote, before adding, "Thanks for the kind words everyone. It wasn't meant to be, and I'm okay with it. Happy I can move forward."

Arie appeared to just be speculating that the chosen man would be Chris, but a source connected to the show confirms that it is indeed Chris.

We caught up with Chris at the taping of the Men Tell All special, where he said he'd definitely be interested in becoming the next Bachelor, so his new gig doesn't come as much a surprise.

"How could you not be interested in that? Especially for me, in the situation I'm in, I live in a small town. it's kind of part of the reason I'm here," he told us. "I'm 32 and I haven't really met the person I'm looking for and it's hard to meet people…in a small town. So that alone makes it something I would be interested in."

However, Chris' road to becoming the next Bach wasn't an easy one as former contestant Arie, the runner-up on Emily Maynard's Bachelorette season, was also being considered. We asked readers who they would prefer to see as the Bachelor and 71 percent chose Chris over Arie.

Before making their final decision, a  source told us producers were "looking for the anti-Juan Pablo...definitely want a really nice guy this time around."

Are you excited to see Chris as the nexr Bachelor? Weigh in in the comments below!

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