ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) — It’s official! The new Bachelor for season 20 is Ben Higgins.
The Bachelor host Chris Harrison made the announcement on Monday night’s edition of After Paradise.
“It’s incredible,” declared the 26-year-old software salesman. “People like me don’t get opportunities like this…I never would’ve thought this opportunity would be something I could have, but I’m excited.”
“Everything leading up to this has been incredible and I’m ready to get this thing started,” added Higgins.
Ben, who was sent home by Kaitlyn Bristowe on The Bachelorette, received best wishes from comedienne Amy Schumer, via telephone, who jokingly advised, “Don’t do it.”
The Inside Amy Schumer star then told Higgins, “I’m so excited for you. I hope you find love.”
Season 20 of The Bachelor premieres January 2016 on ABC.
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