With fans still reeling from the heartbreaking finale to “The Bachelor,” in which Arie Luyendyk Jr. crushed the dreams of Becca Kufrin, ABC gave those fans something to help ease their pain, naming Kufrin as the next “Bachelorette.”
The announcement was made on the live “The Bachelor: After the Final Rose” special.
Kufrin will be at the center of season 14, which premieres Monday, May 28.
In an announcement released today, ABC notes that the finale “left Bachelor Nation speechless. In a change of heart, Arie broke up with America’s sweetheart just weeks after proposing to her — stealing her fairytale ending and her future. Now, the humble fan favorite and girl next door from Minnesota returns for a second shot at love, starring on ‘The Bachelorette,’ when it premieres for its 14th season.”
The announcement adds: “With the help of her family and friends, Becca was able to pick up the pieces and put the focus back on herself, moving forward with her life. It is strong willpower and a firm set of Midwest values that lead Becca to one certain conclusion: She is willing to take another leap of faith to look for her soul mate, the love of her life, again. But this time, it will be on her terms and forever.”
Hosted by Chris Harrison, “The Bachelorette” is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Mike Fleiss, Elan Gale, Bennett Graebner and Nicole Woods are the executive producers.