The star of The Bachelor season 22 is Arie Luyendyk Jr., the runner-up of The Bachelorette season 8, which aired in 2012, and a runner-up for The Bachelor’s title role in 2015.
Steve Carbone, aka Reality Steve, said last week that The Bachelor was this Bachelorette season runner-up Peter Kraus. Last night, he tweeted, “I’ll be honest: I’m clueless. Sorry,” though he later tweeted that Arie was his final prediction. He added, “there’s a giant misinformation camp right now.”
Steve also incorrectly identified the Bachelorette’s pick earlier this summer, though he later updated.
Arie is a 35-year-old race car driver who was born in the Netherlands and lives in Arizona; his father is Arie Luyendyk, who won the Indy 500 twice.
Arie was rejected by Emily Maynard during her season of The Bachelorette, and also appeared briefly on The Bachelor 17 and an episode of Wipeout.
On Good Morning America, of course, Arie said his selection was “a quick turn of events”—so fast, he hadn’t yet told his parents. He also said, “I was a little skeptical just because we’ve been in talks for a few years about doing it.”
“From what I understand, the show, the producers that make the show, they wanted Arie” but ABC was “nervous. Like, Arie hadn’t been on TV in two years. … They actually told Arie he was gonna be the Bachelor. They flew down, had a camera crew, filmed him telling his family he was gonna be the next Bachelor—then pulled the rug out from underneath him and made Chris [Soules] the Bachelor.”
Obviously, ABC has no such concern now, and while this draw the next Bachelor from the pool of previous fan-favorites, it breaks the pattern of having that person come from a recent season. It does not break the pattern of having the Bachelor be a white man.