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Arie Luyendyk Jr. reportedly "pissed" he's not the Bachelor, producers say Chris Soules' season will be different from ones past


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/27/2014 

Chris Soules has officially been announced as the star of The Bachelor's upcoming nineteenth season, so where does that leave top contender Arie Luyendyk Jr.?

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Luyendyk Jr. was in serious talks to become the next Bachelor and desperately wanted the gig, so now that show producers have deprived him of such an opportunity, he's not happy, Us Weekly reported.

The 32-year-old race car driver and former eighth-season The Bachelorette bachelor is "pissed," according to an Us source.

Luyendyk Jr., who finished as Emily Maynard's runner-up behind winner Jef Holm, "was definitely being considered" and producers "really liked him," said the source.

However, Soules, a 32-year-old farmer from Arlington, IA, reportedly won the position because he has a unique background that will appeal to fans.

"Unlike a lot of Bachelors, you know what Chris is offering. He wants to find a wife and family so badly, but he's also stuck in a place that he absolutely loves and where he needs to be for his job," the source said of the sweet, kind-hearted gentleman.

"Being a farmer's wife might not be for everybody, but there are a lot of women who really believe in it. It will be a season different from other seasons. There will be some fun, pleasant surprises."

It's not a surprise Luyendyk Jr. is allegedly angry because he had tweeted a telling statement Monday night before Good Morning America could officially reveal the news of Soules being the new Bachelor.

"I'm not the Bachelor. Have fun on the farm people," Luyendyk Jr. tweeted prematurely, later adding that it wasn't meant to be and he's thankful for all the kind words.

"Happy I can move forward," he said.

Luyendyk Jr., who's from Scottsdale, AZ, competed on The Bachelorette back in 2012.


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