Franchise creator Mike Fleiss gave fans a glimpse of the 35-year-old realtor’s first night on set, as he tweeted a pic of a very dapper Arie, standing alongside, Bachelor host Chris Harrison, ABC executive Robert Mills and himself, outside the Bachelor mansion.
"Guess who's back?,” Mike captioned the pic. “Back again. Arie's back. Tell a friend. #TheBachelor #JanuArie."
Mike then tweeted that the upcoming season includes a “fantastic group of women,” before adding, Arie “has got some tough choices to make” during the first rose ceremony.
The former Bachelorette star, who appeared on the show’s eighth season, was announced as the next Bachelor earlier this month.
However, unlike in previous seasons, Bachelor audiences did not welcome the former professional racecar driver with open arms. Many voiced their discontent with the network’s decision to cast Arie (fans slammed ABC on Twitter for their “out of left field” decision) over Peter Kraus, who was the runner-up on the most recent Bachelorette season.
“Raise your hand if you feel personally victimized by @BachelorABC choice for the new bachelor #thebachelor #bachelor," one fan tweeted.
The Bachelor returns to ABC in January 2018.
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