‘The Bachelor’: Arie Luyendyk Jr. talks ‘passing’ on being 2013 lead

So why did Arie Luyendyk Jr. really end up not becoming “The Bachelor” despite being heavily rumored to be in consideration? The former Emily Maynard suitor released a statement weeks ago explaining why he decided to step away from the gig; but now, he has elaborated even further.

As a part of a new interview with Us Weekly, the professional IndyCar racer explained why the track ended up calling him back more so than did the allure of handing out roses on national television:

“I’ve moved on from the Bachelor franchise and I’m doing well. When I was in that environment, I gained a lot of clarity on what I wanted to do in life and for me it really made me just focus on my career when I got out … That’s my first love and I’m pursuing that right now.”

For those of you diehard Arie fans out there, we still have a little bit of silver lining worth sharing here: he still does seem open to coming back on TV if it is the right moment or the right opportunity:

“I’ll never say never. You just never know what the future can hold … I’m open to everything as long as it doesn’t conflict with racing. Hopefully I won’t be off the TV set for too long.”

As we have told you pretty much all week now, it is as close to official as official can be that the newest star of the ABC franchise is going to be Sean Lowe, who came in third place behind Arie and eventual winner Jef Holm. Filming for the new season has already started, which means that there are a crop of ladies who are likely either looking for Mr. Right or drama on national TV.

Do you wish that Arie would have been the next “Bachelor”? Be sure to share your thoughts with a comment below!

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