And the next Bachelor will be…Luke Pell or Chase McNary!
After JoJo Fletcher sent both men home on last night’s emotional episode of The Bachelorette, a source tells E! News that it’s between Luke, the sensitive war veteran, and Chase, a medical sales rep from Denver, when it comes to who will be ABC’s season 21 Bachelor. And when E! News caught up with both men at the Men Tell All special, which airs tonight, we asked how they were feeling about taking over for Ben Higgins.
“It’s just a heavy situation,” Chase, who was devastated when JoJo sent him home just after he told her he loved her for the first time, said of possibly becoming the next Bachelor. “It’s just one step at a time for me. Nothing’s been out there, no opportunity’s been offered, so I’m just doing me.”
As for Luke, 32, he seemed ready to take on the role, should it be offered. “The process worked for me,” he said. “JoJo kind of allowed me to love again, it was something I hadn’t done in awhile prior to our relationship. I’m at a place now where I’m excited to be in love again. I think that if that comes up and that’s in the future for me, I couldn’t be more excited to find it.”
So why is Chase, 27, acting slightly cautious when it comes to being the next Bach? “The pros is I know what the end result entails and that’s exactly what I’m looking for and that’s out there,” Chase said. “The cons are you don’t know who’s coming, you don’t know if it’s going to work out, you don’t know what’s going to happen between now and them. It’s just a full commitment and a risky decision to make.”
And ladies, listen up, because we asked each guy what they are looking for in their next relationship. “That emotional stability” is key for Chase, while Luke’s next lady should be “an open book and loves to have fun as much as I do.”
But are Luke and Chase even fully over JoJo yet? Press play on our interview with them above to find out.
As for JoJo, she thinks both Luke and Chase would be great fits for the role. “I think that any of my final guys are unbelievable picks,” she gushed. “I think that any girl would be so lucky to date them and you can’t go wrong with either one. And they’re strikingly beautiful, so that helps!”
Not as into the idea of Luke or Chase as season 21’s leading man? Chad Johnson, this season’s polarizing contestant. “Which brick wall personality do you choose? They all seem like real great guys, it’s just who do you want to put you to sleep,” he told us. “It’s a tough choice? Probably Luke just because he talks faster than Chase.”
We also asked some other members of Bachelor Nation, including Bachelor in Paradise cast members Jared Habion and the twins, who they think should be the next Bachelor. And funnily enough, each twin is rooting for a different guy! Press play on the video above to find out who they’re all rooting for to hand out the roses next season.
The Bachelorette airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC, while Men Tell All airs tonight at 8 p.m
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