If you think Ben Higgins will be the one handing out roses next season on The Bachelor, think again. Host Chris Harrison claims that the franchise’s next leading man has not yet been chosen.

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“We have, kind of, an embarrassment of riches as far as decisions for the next Bachelor, and who knows! I mean, we have not picked a new Bachelor contrary to popular belief,” Harrison told Reality TV World.

After Higgins was eliminated by Kaitlyn Bristowe, Bachelor Nation, as well as fans, rooted for the 26-year-old to be the next Bachelor. But following the Men Tell All special, which also put the spotlight on yet another Ben, it’s possible that season 20 might just follow The Bachelorette season 11 format in which two women competed for the coveted position.

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“Never say never,” Harrison said of the possibility of repeating The Bachelorette‘s current season’s format.  “Now we have the two Bens.” 

While that may be an interesting showdown, Harrison points out the challenges of having two stars.

“I remember [executive producer] Mike Fleiss called me and brought up the idea of having Britt and Kaitlyn. I just reminded them the difficulties of doing that production-wise, because beyond the television side of what you guys see, two Bachelorettes just means double the work,” he explained. “Those first couple of nights were extremely difficult for production. It was a brutal task to pull that off. But it made sense because so many people wanted both of them.”

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“So maybe we will do the two Bens, or we have [Chris “Cupcake” Strandburg] and [Jared Haibon]. I think there’s a lot of guys that could come out of this season and be great Bachelors,” he added.

While the next Bachelor is still up for discussion, Harrison reveals two contenders who are definitely out of the picture: Shawn Booth and Nick Viall. 

“I just think we have other candidates from this season that are better suited [for the role],” Harrison said.

The Bachelorette season 11 finale airs Monday, July 27 at 8pm on ABC.

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Dean Bextor

Staff Writer, BuddyTV