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Arie Luyendyk Jr's 'Bachelor' Season Gets Premiere Date!

The Bachelor officially has a 2018 premiere date!

Season 22, starring The Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr., will premiere on January 1, 2018 on ABC.

Arie originally competed on The Bachelorette season with Emily Maynard, and then stepped away from the spotlight for many years to focus on his real estate career.

ABC has yet to announce any of the new contestants for this season, but stay tuned for all the info!

Be sure to mark your calendars for January 1 and get ready to celebrate New Year’s Day with some Bachelor action!

Peter Kraus Says He Turned Down 'The Bachelor' & Reveals Why

When Arie Luyendyk Jr. was named the new Bachelor, many fans were shocked as they were expecting the choice to be Rachel Lindsay‘s runner up Peter Kraus.

Now he’s explaining why he turned down the gig.

“It all just ended so fast,” Peter told Us Weekly. “It was just me, sitting there by myself in my own thoughts. That was a really dark couple of days. When you have no outlets, it’s hard to get out of your head…It was just a loose conversation of, ‘Is this something you have ever thought about, something you would do?’ I was so distraught at that time that it was something that I could never see myself doing.”

“There’s a lot of fun — some of my closets friends are from the show. But there are cons too. I feel like you lose control and I’m definitely a control freak. There’d be a lot I wouldn’t have final say on, and that would be hard for me,” he continued. “As far as proposal, yeah I’m worried that at the end of it I wouldn’t necessarily be able to, but it’s not that I don’t want to…This is kind of part of my thought process, if i did get to the end and I do really, truly like somebody but for some reason I can’t just say this is for sure that person, I don’t want it to be the same outcome again. People are forgiving once. I don’t know if they’re forgiving twice.”

“There was never a cold turkey like, ‘This is not happening.’ I was not ready for this and they agreed…If it were to come up again, I would definitely consider it,” he added.

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Arie Luyendyk Jr. Films 'The Bachelor' with His Contestants (Photos)

Arie Luyendyk Jr. is officially filming The Bachelor and we have the first photos of his contestants on the set!

The contestants took part in a racing event at the Ventura County Fairgrounds over the weekend in Ventura, Calif.

If you didn’t know, Arie is a professional race car driver, so it looks like this event was right up his alley.

We don’t yet know the names of any of the contestants, but it looks like many took part in this group date.

The new season is expected to begin in 2018.

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'Bachelor' Arie Luyendyk Jr Seen on Date During Filming (Photos)

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  • Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk are still going strong – Lainey Gossip
  • Is Megyn Kelly done with politics? – TooFab
  • Pharrell took a knee at the Charlottesville concert – MTV
  • Pixar Halloween costumes are gonna be big this year – Popsugar

The Bachelor's Lauren Bushnell & New Boyfriend Devin Antin Race for Love!

Lauren Bushnell and her new boyfriend Devin Antin hold the race flags while attending a race day at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday (September 17) in Joliet, Ill.

The 27-year-old former The Bachelor star, who split from fiance Ben Higgins earlier this year, was also joined by fellow Bachelor Nation favorite Becca Tilley to celebrate McDonald’s new Buttermilk Crispy Tenders.

“Nothing says ILY like giving him your last few fries. Thank you @mcdonalds for the most amazing day at the track!” Lauren captioned a photo on Instagram in which she is seen feeding her man some fries.

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Peter Kraus Reacts to Arie Luyendyk Jr as the Next 'Bachelor'

Peter Kraus was the fan favorite choice to be the next star of The Bachelor and now he is reacting to the show’s choice of going with Arie Luyendyk Jr. instead.

Peter was the runner-up on Rachel Lindsay‘s season this summer while Arie was the runner-up during Emily Maynard‘s season in 2012.

Peter is very happy about the way things turned out and is happy for Arie,” Peter‘s manager told E! News. “He thinks ABC made a great choice.”

Peter is going to focus on his passion, helping people through fitness and wellness,” the statement continued. “He is very thankful for the opportunity he was given with The Bachelorette. Things are going to be great for Peter Kraus fitness and his boot camps moving forward.”

Peter took to Instagram to share a lengthy message.

“ABC, you saw something in me, but something held me back. You treated me with such love and kindness and showed me glimpses of a life I never once dreamed that I could have. I will be forever humbled and grateful and will always look back at these last 6 months with an ear to ear smile, knowing that this has truly been a very special life indeed,” he said.