Ben Flajnik is Looking Forward to His "New Journey" as The Bachelor

ABC gives The Bachelorette alum a second shot at love.

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It's official - the members of ABC's casting department have the cushiest jobs ever!

After weeks of speculation and one very public date with Jennifer Love Hewitt, ABC has finally confirmed that Bachelorette finalist Ben Flajnik will be looking for love in season 16 of The Bachelor. And this time, he’s the one giving out the roses.

A fan fave, the California wine maker lost the hand of Ashley Hebert to J.P. Rosenbaum, but Ben appears to have gotten over his heartbreak pretty quickly and is ready to give reality show love another shot.

“Secret is out. Looking forward to my new journey as the new bachelor!” 28-year-old @BenFlajnik tweeted to his followers shortly after the news broke.

For his sake, let’s hope that journey doesn’t lead him to Splitsville, which is where most Bachelor-Bachelorette couples seem to find themselves once the cameras are turned off.

Ben will make his first official appearance as The Bachelor on the September 12 season finale of The Bachelor Pad 2.

Season 16 of The Bachelor starring Ben Flajnik is set to air January of 2012 on ABC.

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