ABC announces new 'Bachelor' Ben Flajnik
September 6th, 2011
05:02 PM ET

ABC announces new 'Bachelor' Ben Flajnik

It's been rumored that “Bachelorette” fan favorite Ben Flajnik was to be the next “Bachelor," and now ABC has confirmed the reports.

Businessman Flajnik (pronounced Flannick), 28, will search for true love again in the next edition of ABC's hit reality series.

On last season’s finale of “The Bachelorette,” Ben proposed to Ashley Hebert but was rejected - although he did gain the sympathy of millions of viewers.

The network notes that Flajnik has been in love three times, with Ashley being the third lucky lady. Despite his “Bachelorette” rejection, Ben is ready to get back in the saddle and search for the woman of his dreams on reality television.

According to ABC, the Sonoma winemaker is a “rare, modern Renaissance man” who enjoys many hobbies and crafts, including crab fishing, singing in a tribute band, and landscaping.

Flajnik attended the University of Arizona, where he majored in music production, but moved home to Northern California after graduation. Ben is close with his mom and sister (sadly, dad passed in 2007) and shares his home with a Jack Russell Terrier named Scotch.

“The Bachelor” returns to ABC in January 2012, but you can catch Ben's first public appearance as the new “Bachelor” during the season finale of "Bachelor Pad," Monday, September 12.

What do you think of the network’s new “Bachelor”? Will you tune in for Ben?

soundoff (79 Responses)
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  8. tine

    Ben is a gentleman, good -looking with great personality. he is kind, honest and smart. Can a woman ask for more?


    November 1, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dorothy M. Riggs

    I'm very, very, happy that Blake & Holly are engaged to be married but, I thought they could have been more tackfull & told Micheal on the side before the show started that they were engaged so, it wouldn't be to much of a surprise to him & that was Holly place of doing with Blake standing beside her. Blake could of taken people to the side on the show & told them that he had feelings for Holly & it wouldn't been so hard on him in the house. Like Melissa, Erica, Michelle so that they wouldn't get onto his back about Holly. Dotsye-Marie

    September 17, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dorothy M. Riggs

    I'm very happy for Ben but, I thought Emely was going to be the next Bachelorette if so when will she be on the air? I still would like to know if I could be on the Bachelorette & choosing 25 men because, I'm 56 yrs. old? I have a applacation to fill out if I can be on the show? Dotsye-Marie

    September 17, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. redrum

    i liked ames also!

    September 10, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. mrskool

    Ben is too nice for the show but I'd marry him just to live on a vineyard in napa valley – beautiful country !

    I liked Ames but apparently he's off the market now with one of the Bachelor Pad girls ... bummer ! 😉

    September 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Teresa

    Most Definately. I do not think Ben is boring, I just think he is more reserved than most of the other Bachelors. If anyone can remember, he was up for almost anything Ashley threw at him. What a Great Sport!!

    September 7, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jillmarie

    I think he's a lot funnier and has more personality than his edit on the show. I've seen a youtube clip of him and a buddy doing a sort of "D@#k in a Box"- similar to what Timberlake did with Samberg on SNL. Funny! I for one look forward to the show- it's my guilty pleasure!

    September 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Elliesue

    To me Ben is just not appealing. And I agree with those who said enough with the retreads. ABC has to realize that we are tired of seeing the runners up become the new center of attention. For me, in it's present format, the Bachleor/ette has run it's course. You'll find me on HGTV or the Food Network to fill in the time before Castle.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
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  17. QuietStormX

    Ho Hum! Another white reject from this show. I guess it's only a white show that only whites are chosen to be in and chosent to head? I've grown suspect of the production of both ABC shows. Only white contestants, wow. I'm sure their are other going out for these shows. And I'm sure others have have wanted to be on and one of the heads of these shows. Why not?????? That's my problem after years of production. I wonder why no questions are raised about this after years of only white casts and one look. Boring now see this over and over Nothing new or different here. I'll pass on this and the others like this. This is a nation of color but none on this show or the others. I would like to see this so everyone could see this is real and not fake like these again and again. What about a Black Bachelor with Black of all shades that are not overweight but very fit with curves.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  18. HELL YEAH!

    True love is fading more with time that passes by. Almost everyone perfers being alone with kids or without. Many wrong things in this world instead of it getting better its getting worse. Human race what a disgrace!

    September 7, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  19. Yuck

    Gross! He seemed so fake on The Bachelorette. I actually threw up several times having to watch he and Ashley interact with one another. This guy is not real – he has no personality, he's boring, he's emotional, he's got no sense of reality. Just all around lame. I will not be watching!

    September 7, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  20. Krystal

    Good for him. He seems really smart, funny and he is really handsome.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  21. zach

    Ben is not worth the time to watch. He has 0 personality

    September 7, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  22. Kevin

    I'm so sick of reality tv in general. How stupid is America. I miss the days of good sitcoms with family values. How do these people expect to find "true love" in the middle of caddy games, fake smiles, and a self motivated attempt to become famous? Really. If u want "true love" go to church!

    September 7, 2011 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  23. larry

    wow they missed out its bentley who would have made the ratings go thru the roof.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  24. Nick

    I love when this show is on, it gives me a chance to not watch it.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  25. Gary

    I guess only white folks can be bachelors/bachelorets!! This show is LAME!

    September 7, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  26. Suzie

    I want to feel the head of his pulsating c0ck between my lips.

    September 7, 2011 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  27. Jan

    Ashley who turned down Ben and is with JR was gross. Totally unattractive with a stupid immature personality. Have NO idea why either guy wanted her. I was hoping neither would propose to her, that would have been funny and put her in her place, haha. A few months with her away from the cameras and vacation spots and I bet this JR will have had his fill. No way anyone could stand her longer than six months. She's gonna wish she chose safe Ben here.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Diane

    Nice guy, but about as exciting as dirt. ABC has gotten into a string of disappointing, unattractive and boring leads on this show, from Jillian Harris and Ashley Hebert to Brad Womak and Jake Pavelka. I don't get how any of these people rated their own show. Unfortunately, they need the crazy/weird cast members like Bentley just to keep these shows halfway interesting.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
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  30. big Al

    Don't you get it people? The more the Trash and Drama the more bored people that are drawn to it will stay glued to it. We as people like other peoples misery! Got it?

    September 6, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Southern California

    You all are so funny. The comments are the best part of this story.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Sandra

    I think he is a great guy and she was dumb not to pick him! He deserves the chance on the show! He risked it all and he is so sensitive and sweet!

    September 6, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Mary

    @Junkpile-Ilike Fez from the 70's show, especially when he says"flower"and" "candy". Bach and ette shows I can live without.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  34. patricia

    All should be on to be fair and maybe the viewers could decide who he or she dates one date!

    September 6, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Celeste

    Really? He's a nice guy, but either bring a new face to the Bachelor, or end the series already.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  36. jas

    I stopped watching the 'bachelor' after I realized the lack of diversity. They're always white, fairly attractive, middle to upper class man/women. There's always a token minority who gets kicked off the first or second episode. When will ABC have a non-white bachelor/bachelorette. We exist.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frida

      Yes, but minority. Try BET network executives.

      September 7, 2011 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Whoever complains that the show doesn't have enough racial diversity – HELLO- get a clue minorities DO NOT comprise a majority of people- duh! The show caters to the MAJORITY of people- and to that same majority that can afford to BUY the products of their sponsors (i.e. have JOBS). Of course, if you want to watch chapter 11 commercials, ambulance chaser commercials, and how to get out of debt commercials, then sure, ABC would switch formats to cater to those same people that watch springer... Oh wait- those are minority!

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      September 7, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  37. Deeznuts

    Ben can now get a woman with big ol boobies instead of a little girl wearing a training bra!

    September 6, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  38. derek

    Show is full of a bunch of bums

    September 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  39. RamblinRosie

    We have been loyal Bachelor franchise fans from the beginning. Now we have complaints and we are not alone and ABC isn't listening, so I guess they are willingly sacrificing our household(s). 1) Please stop recycling the participants and rejects into subsequent cycles, 2) please inject some racial or ethnic interest into the concept, 3) please quit with the helicopter flights - enough is enough, and 4) please stop loading the casts up with obvious freaks and psychos who dilute the field of contenders and undermine the integrity of the concept. In summary, the Producers have twisted this concept so the Producers need to fix this. Or else. 🙂

    September 6, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  40. saftgek

    Another pitiful, socially-challenged person who has no self-respect.

    This is a nice pairing, however, with the pitiful viewers responsible for keeping such tripe on the air.

    U.S. society continues in its quest to dwell in the basement of the outhouse. Most Sad!

    September 6, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • RamblinRosie

      An entire country is trash because of a popular television show? Judgemental much? What fantastic country do you hail from that is perfect and all TV fare is so wonderful? Can't tell from your post. Probably some Euro- Asian- Middle Eastern- island of inbred morons. How's that for judgemental? You're an a$$ or at least your post makes you sound like one.

      September 6, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • butter

      Ya, we all love this trash but obviously you do too because you care enough to read an artical about this and also respond. ha ha

      September 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Snwbunnie

    I am TIRED of Bachelor REJECTS!!!!!! Couldn't they have picked someone new>?

    September 6, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Junkpile

    He looks like Fez from that 70s show.

    September 6, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Jeepers

    How is that show still on the air?

    September 6, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Tibrea

    Well I don't know what the bachelor is but on Family Guy, Brian or Stewie likes a bachelor on TV or a magizine.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Anomic Office Drone

    He looks like a dead behind the eyes version of my friend Ryan.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Jeanine

    The only reason I'll watch is Because of Ben. Love him!!!!! Go Slovenians.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  47. seen enough

    wouldn't throw him out of my bed....

    September 6, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  48. me

    Why was there no True Blood blog this week?

    September 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Jennie

    He is the most unattractive bachelor in bachelor history just like Ashley was the ugliest bachelorette. I think I'll be skipping this season and get my spoilers from realitysteve.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diana

      I agree,he is not very attractive and someone in the past wrote he reminded them of the caveman on the commercials, now I can't stand to look at him. Reality shows are getting boring now . I agree with Kevin bring back the good sitcoms with family value .

      September 7, 2011 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      Completely agree!

      September 7, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  50. Pink Pus$ycat

    [Meow] Why is this show still on? Who watches this stupidness anyway?

    September 6, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Juniper

    How is it that the people on this show are always attractive? How can they not find someone in real life??

    There must be something wrong with them if they have to resort to "reality" tv to find "true love"

    September 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Helen Crump

      Agree!! Most of them are buff or slim, hot and beautiful yet we are lead to believe they can't find love? I know love is hard for everyone, but these folks can't have trouble finding a date.

      However, with that said, I think their crazy behavior is what holds them back. 🙂 LOL Remember the woman that Travis kicked off and she screamed, "My eggs are rotting!". LOL If they behave that way on TV for the entire world to see, I can only imagine how they behave in "real life".

      September 7, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  52. Me

    Of course I will, he's a hottie

    September 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Evel Knievel

    "rare, modern renaissance man" = h0mo.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  54. christine

    Yikes – nice guy, but boring. I have no interest in watching

    September 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • patsy

      He is completely boring and appears unmotivated. I remember when Ashley said "he was soo full of life." Full of life??? I just cannot picture this man putting it in gear, working hard and raising a family. Ashley made the right choice. Not interested in watching in January.

      September 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clara N

      Agreed. Not good TV at all. Sweet enough heart, but just dreadfully, frightfully boring.

      Also, I'm quite sic of the new Bachelor(ette) coming from the previous crop of datees. Find someone new. Ashley was merely "meh" as the Bachelorette and Ben is going to be even worse as the Bachelor. Time to start over.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      Someone commented below using the words, recycling the participants, and that seems to be the show's pattern. I'm all for repurposing, but this is ridiculous. Have to say though that it must save the network a lot of money.

      September 7, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Kiki

      He's attractive and successful, what more does the "Bachelor" usually require from its participants.

      September 7, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • HELL YEAH!

      Girls...can't you just give this guy a break. He is trying to find what he loves. Nowadays finding a girl is hard to do the right one that is. You girls that are single now why and also the ones that are married.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • kkkkkatie

      Agree with so many of the comments here. I want some new faces on the show. I used to look forward to seeing the "new" face each season. I hear the ratings keep going up but I find that hard to believe. I have watched from the first season yet, find myself skipping all but a couple of episodes of each season these days. I thought Ashley was the WORST one ever!! No personality!

      September 7, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |

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