Storm Horse is ready to ride again! Not that it should come as a shock, but Bachelorette Season 7 runner-up Ben Flajnik has now officially been *spoiled* as the Season 16 Bachelor. ABC has said nothing and likely won’t until it’s officially announced in September, but Reality Steve is running with definitive intel now. Ben will try to find Mrs. Winemaker on the new season that will shoot this fall and begin airing in January, 2012.
Here are Steve’s details from his latest blog:
“Three weeks ago I was told Ben was already going around telling friends he was the next Bachelor and that he’d be taking off work for a while come September. I guess I could’ve run with that at the time, but, I just wanted to find out a little more than that. That info came from very good sources. And it’s not like it was far fetched to think it could be Ben, I mean, he was the runner up this season. But, I still wanted to hold off until I got something a little more concrete. Then yesterday, Ben was with a camera crew filming on Kearny St. near Coit Tower in San Francisco, and also on Divisadero St, a very popular street loaded with bars and restaurants. All indications are those were being done for his video package as the Bachelor, since it had nothing to do with Evolve Wines, nor was he making some sort of ‘Cream Dream’ sequel. It was Ben by himself, talking to the camera, goofing around, also filming some ITM’s. So yeah, Ben is the next Bachelor and filming begins at the mansion next month. Ashley was filming her intro video 2-3 weeks before her season started, so this is perfect timing. Hey, this isn’t earth shattering news by any means since a lot of people have assumed it’s him for a while now. Don’t expect an official announcement from ABC anytime soon, since they don’t want the women they cast to know who it is until they arrive at the mansion. Well, here’s your heads up ladies. It’s him. Start preparing what wine joke or story you’re gonna tell out of the limo.”