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Ben Higgins Is Officially The Next Bachelor!

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We're so happy about this news!

Ben Higgins was our absolute favorite contestant on the recent season of The Bachelorette, and while we had a feeling he'd be returning to ABC soon, it was announced on Monday that he had officially been selected at the next Bachelor!

Kaitlyn Bristowe passed on Ben H. in favor of a final two consisting of eventual winner Shawn Booth and Nick Viall, but we're glad Ben only came in third, because now we get to watch him for a whole 'nother year.

[ Related: Ben Affleck's Nanny Wants To Be On The Bachelorette! ]

Chris Harrison confirmed the leading man spot on After Paradise, the after-show to Bachelor in Paradise, where Ben commented on his new role, saying:

"I'm excited! Everything leading up to this has just been incredible and I'm just ready to get started."

And while Ben was always the front-runner for next season's suitor in our minds, we're hearing that Nick was suspiciously flown into El Lay on Sunday… could he have a role similar to Britt Nilsson?!

Make sure to tune in to watch as Ben finds love on The Bachelor this Fall on ABC!

[Image via Ben Higgins/Instagram.]

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