Following weeks of speculation, ABC announced on Tuesday that Ben Flajnik will have a second shot at finding love when he takes the helm as the next Bachelor.
The wine-maker from Sonoma, California was dumped by Ashley Hebert in favor of J.P. Rosenbaum in the last installment of the Bachelorette, but quickly became a fan favorite and the front-runner to become the star of the sixteenth season of the hit show.
“Secret is out. Looking forward to my new journey as the new bachelor!” 28-year-old Ben F. wrote on his Twitter page on Tuesday as soon as the news broke.
The new star will make his first official appearance as the rose-bearing Romeo on the finale of the Bachelor Pad, which airs on September 12, before hitting the airways on the Bachelor in January 2012, reported AccessHollywood.com.
While he failed to win the heart of Hebert, the Bachelorette runner-up caught the attention of actress Jennifer Love Hewitt and the pair went out on an impromptu date in San Francisco last month after she tweeted about her crush on the reality cast-off.
Ben lists his likes as crab fishing, surfing, skate-boarding, playing piano and his Jack Russell dog, Scotch.