New Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. revealed live on 'GMA'

Luyendyk, who appeared on season 8 of "The Bachelorette" in 2012 with Emily Maynard, says he is looking for a woman who is "independent, strong but then still gentle."
4:43 | 09/07/17

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Transcript for New Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. revealed live on 'GMA'
All right, thank you, robin. Now we'll do the big reveal that everybody has been waiting for. The new bachelor, and you know what, we won't keep you guys guessing so come on out. Everybody say hello. Hey. What's up, man? Have a seat. Wow. They love it. They love it. Has it sunk in yet? Is it sinking in you are the bachelor. It sunk in just now for sure of the it's been a little surreal. Before we talk to you more, we want to take a look back at your journey to become the man looking for love on season eight of the bachelorette. He was on season eight. Race car driver who drove right into Emily Maynard's heart on "The bachelorette." Ari falling in love before bachelor nation's eyes. I feel at this point like I'm definitely in love with Emily. Making it to the final two vying for Emily's heart. Hoping to find a happily ever after, instead turned down right at the final moment. I have more confidence with Jeff. Not meant to be. I didn't feel like anyone else's story stacked up to ours. Reporter: Now finally ready to look for love again, the new bachelor here for the right reasons and ready to hand out the roses. So thank you again for coming. As I said earlier where were you when you got the call? I was at home and it was pretty recent and we kept in touch over the last few years but this just fit perfectly. The timing really fit. When they called and said Arie, we want you to be the next bachelor. No hesitation. You said absolutely. I was a little skeptical just because we had been in talks for a few years about doing it so I just kind of went in with an open might, open heart and just kind of hit me right now I'm here. You're a race car driver. Used to speed. How is race car driving and speed going to help you with this speed dating? Yeah. I'd say making quick decisions probably. You know, that's probably the biggest one. Being decisive. Very important and we have this throwback Thursday picture of you in your parents, your dad posted a few years ago. Oh, look at that. That's cute. Your dad is a famous race car driver as well so what does he think about your quest for love. Well, he's finding out right now so, hey, dad, mom. What do you mean? I kind of kept things under wraps because I didn't know how this would turn out. It's been such a quick turn of events and my family doesn't know so now they know so they know along with you guys. We thought he told you. We're sorry about that. So everybody out there who is wondering what your ideal woman is, give us three characteristics of your ideal woman. God, I would say independent, strong but then still gentle. Yeah. A little mix. Hey, you're good. You're good. Now, they gave you a nickname, the kissing bandit. Are you still the kissing bandit? With the right woman. You know. With the right woman. With the right woman, you know, obviously there's got to be that chemistry there. Emily and I had it previously and I'm hoping to find that type of love for sure. And I'm sure you say you always kind of stay close to the bachelor family, bachelorette family. Has there been anything that's changed on the show you've seen since you were on? I don't know if it's changed or not. I don't really keep in touch with the current contestants or the contestants from the last few seasons. Still really good friends with John wolfner and Sean Lowe and so I'll reach out, I need some advice. With those guys moving on with a family that's what you're looking for. I'll be 36 in a few weeks so for me it's time. You know, my friends and family, all my friends around me have kids and have gro up, so for me it's a little bit -- I feel like I'm the last one of my friends to really take that step and now my little brother got married. He's 24. You got to step it up, man. You're behind. I wore this suit at his wedding so I feel like it's good luck. I like that. I like that. Good luck to you and this is the first of many times we'll see you here on "Gma." We'll follow your journey of

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