If you thought you’d ever be free of ABC’s franchise, you’re a fool. A week before the season finale of , ABC unexpectedly revealed the identity of the 2018 Bachelor. And the new Bachelor is… Arie Luyendyk! Um, who? Tweets about Arie Luyendyk being the new Bachelor prove that not only do fans have no idea who this dude is (he’s actually the runner-up from Season 8 of ), but they are also pretty pissed that their favorite, Peter Kraus, is not the Bachelor.
And yes, while a popular reaction to this announcement has been, “Who?!” Arie Luyendyk Jr actually is an alum of Bachelor Nation. He was on Season 8 of in 2012, and was even Bachelorette Emily Maynard’s second choice for a husband. In the end though, Maynard chose Luyendyk’s best friend Jef Holm instead. (Maynard and Holm broke up three months later, so Luyendyk shouldn’t take it too personally.)
He may not be Peter Kraus, the fan-favorite and runner-up from Rachel Lindsay’s season of , but he does have some redeeming qualities. For example, he’s a fairly successful race car driver. He finished 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the Indy Light Series Championship, and his father, Arie Luyendyk the first, is even more successful, as a two-time Indy 500 winner. But this success and fame isn’t enough to get Bachelor Nation on Luyendyk’s side, according to Twitter.
Those fans who weren’t hoping for Peter were rooting for either Eric Bigger or Wells Adams — and they are also feeling pretty crushed right now. Basically, no one was rooting for this 35-year-old race car driver from Scotsdale, Arizona with a hard to spell Dutch last name. Poor Arie. Let’s give him a chance, you guys!
There’s still no set premiere date for the 2018 season, but it’s expected to air sometime this winter.