Since winning gold in this summer’s Olympics, gossip has had hunky Ryan Lochte joining “Dancing with the Stars,” “30 Rock,” “90210,” and becoming the next “Bachelor.” Well, two out of four are true — Lochte has guest-starring roles on “30 Rock” and “90210” coming up for the fall season, but we can now report that the 11-time Olympic medalist will not be on “The Bachelor” looking for love.
“We honestly briefly considered him. But we are going elsewhere. It’s really down to Arie [Luyendyk, Jr.] and Sean [Lowe],” a source close to the show tells E!.
Lochte, also a budding designer of his own clothing line who will be in front of the cameras for E! as a Fashion Week special correspondent, had this to say on “Good Afternoon America” about his future on TV: “I have been working with E! since London. They gave me the opportunity to be a special correspondent.” Then he added he is also in talks to do “a reality show that ties in with my training.”
With the “Bachelor Pad” finale just around the corner — Monday, Sept. 10 at 8/7c on ABC — it shouldn’t be long before an official announcement will be made as to who the next “Bachelor” is. Early rumors that fan favorite Roberto Martinez was being considered since his breakup with “Bachelorette” Ali Fedotowsky have subsided, so Arie and Sean are looking to be the best bets.
Last May, in an exclusive interview with XfinityTV, Sean told us the following when asked if he would consider being the next “Bachelor,” “It is going to boil down to how I feel and if I am ready for that. As I told Chris Harrison, the whole process is emotionally taxing. It is hard for me to say if I want to go through that again. At the same time, I understand the process does work. I did fall in love. Obviously, it didn’t work out with Emily [Maynard], but it could work out with someone else. If it comes up, I am definitely going to have to put a lot of thought behind it.”
While Arie said when asked in a conference call, “The most important thing is that I realize through the experience I did find love, and it was a really great experience for me, because it opened me up and it really allowed me to self-reflect a lot. I do think there’s someone out there for me. So, who knows what the future holds, but at this point it’d be a really tough decision and I haven’t really made that yet.”
Watch Lochte Interviewed On “The Tonight Show”: