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Luke Pell Confirmed That He Was Supposed To Be The Next Bachelor

"I had my bags packed and everything."

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A lot of people were caught off guard Tuesday night when it was announced that Nick Viall would be the next leading man on The Bachelor.

Naturally, everyone suspected it would be a runner-up from JoJo’s season of The Bachelorette. To many, Luke Pell was the obvious shoo-in.

when the new bachelor is announced and it's not Luke.. #TheBachelor 😭


“I got a call from producers Sunday night at about 10 p.m. They said ABC had decided to quote-unquote go in a different direction. I was supposed to fly out Monday morning at 9 a.m. I had my bags packed and everything,” he continued.

It sounds like Luke has come to terms with it all though. He told Us Weekly, “I’ve come to accept the decision. ... I put it in the past, and I’m moving forward. It was a huge surprise, but the element of surprise and unexpected decisions is what the show thrives off of.”