It’s not a huge surprise, guys, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to forgo a celebratory margarita in honor of The Bachelor being renewed for Season 18. Hallelujah, let the casting rumors continue begin!

On May 10, The Bachelor producer Robert Mills took to Twitter to announce what we already assumed — but were thrilled to have confirmed. EXCLUSIVE: ABC renews #Bachelor for season 18!” he writes.

When Desiree Hartsock’s Season 9 of The Bachelorette begins in a couple weeks, it will mark the 26th season of the franchise’s existence — not including the three glorious seasons of Bachelor Pad. Over the last 11 years, we’ve met over 600 love-seeking hotties, with many of them becoming household names and media darlings.

We have no doubt that, over the next few years, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette will continue to flourish like a garden of, um, roses. And though there haven’t been a proportional number of love connections, perhaps Season 17 Bachelor Sean Lowe and Catherine Guidici will start a new trend when they get married soon.

What do you think: are you as excited as we are about this announcement, or are you getting tired of watching this love journey unfold season after season?

Source: Twitter