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Of Course Ben Is the New Bachelor - And We're Very Happy About It

As if there were any doubt!

Robyn Ross

Fan favorite Ben Higgins has been named the next Bachelor.

"People like me don't get opportunities like this ... and I never would've thought this opportunity would be something I could have," Higgins said during the live announcement Monday night, which first brought out Nick Viall as a tease, on After Paradise. "I'm excited. Everything leading up to this has been incredible, and I'm ready to get this thing started."

Watch Harrison's introduction:

The 26-year-old software salesman from Denver was sent home from The Bachelorette just before the finale. Although he and Kaitlyn seemed to have a strong connection, in the end she kept Shawn and Nick as her final two.

7 reasons Ben H. is the perfect pick for The Bachelor

"He is a great guy, and what you see is what you get," host Chris Harrison told us after his exit. "He's so handsome, has a great self-deprecating sense of humor, and he's down-to-earth, which is rare when you find a guy with a package like that -- God doesn't give it all to you!"

After the announcement, Ben got a special phone call on After Paradisefrom Amy Schumer who appeared on The Bachelorette! Her advice?


We are, of course, very excited about the decision. Check out our seven reasons why Ben was the perfect choice as the new Bachelor here.

The Bachelorette's Chris Harrison: Ben never had a chance

Check out our video with Kaitlyn and Shawn below: