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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:
https://www.whipclip.com/video/ev47p

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?

Watch:

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.

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Check out our video with Kaitlyn and Shawn below: