"What would make good television? Maybe we want to kind of change things up -- we've kind of been in a rut doing the same thing over and over with the same kind of group of people. Let's mix it up," Chris toldPeople ofThe Bachelor producers' thought process in casting Arie, a race car driver turned real estate agent from Emily Maynard's 2012 edition of The Bachelorette.
"Because when you change the Bachelor, that changes the women as well and it changes the dynamic. It kind of hits the reset button sometimes."
Chris also believes Arie possesses many of the qualities fans come to love about a sincere and successful The Bachelor star.
"First of all, he's a good friend of mine, he's a good man, he's a gentleman," Chris explained.
"I'm glad he's coming back, and I'm glad he's going to get his chance. He's someone that we've always wanted to do the show with, and I really don't know why [we haven't] -- other than, I guess, just timing. There's always been somebody else."
Arie came extremely close to being cast as the Bachelor for Season 17 in 2013 and Season 19 in 2015, which featured Sean and Chris, respectively.
For the show's nineteenth season, Arie revealed to Us Weekly around this same time last year that he had a flight booked to Los Angeles and contracts signed with The Bachelor only to have the rug pulled out from beneath him last minute.
"What I would really say to people is this: It's not as simple as we take a poll, we look on Twitter and then we make our decision due to popularity," Chris shared with People. "There really are a lot of layers to this."
Chris continued, "There's lots of things that go into who the Bachelor is going to be. But at the end of the day, [it's about] good television, what can we produce around, and who is good? Who is a sincere person that we think, possibly, will get engaged?"
Chris also pointed out that Arie is apparently "the best kisser" ever to appear on The Bachelorette franchise.
"My mom called me and said he needs to give lessons on how to kiss. Creepy conversation with your mom, but the point was -- I don't know, I forget what the point was," Chris said with a laugh.