"I have no doubt that it could work for me again," the former competitive swimmer said of finding love on the ABC reality series

By Natalie Stone
August 02, 2016 04:20 PM

Bachelorette runner-up Robby Hayes is open to finding love on TV once again.

Though the former competitive swimmer didn’t take home the final rose on Monday night’s finale, he’s contemplated the prospect of being the next Bachelor.

“It’s definitely something that’s crossed my mind. It’s definitely something I’d have to talk with my friends and my family about,” the 27-year-old told reporters Tuesday morning on a conference call.

“The reason I’m definitely open to it is because I know that this avenue and this journey works. It worked for me last season with JoJo, and I have no doubt that it could work for me again,” Hayes said of his journey with 25-year-old Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher.

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[IMAGE “2” “” “std” ]Hayes continued, “If that came knocking on my door, it’s definitely something I would be open to but I would have sit down and talk to my family it because they stressed so much about this season.”

Robby Hayes

Though Hayes said that there have “been mentions” of him being the next leading man, he revealed, “nothing is solidified.”

Asked about the prospect of being a contestant on spin-off Bachelor in Paradise, Hayes said he’ll need to watch the upcoming third season: “I’m going to have to watch the first episode because I’ve never seen an episode of it.”

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