The responses to ABC's decision were mixed

By Natalie Stone
Updated August 30, 2016 11:00 PM
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Credit: Byron Cohen/ABC

ABC dropped a bombshell on Bachelor Nation Tuesday night.

During Bachelor in Paradise‘s after show, After Paradise, the network finally revealed to expectant fans who the leading man for season 21 of The Bachelor will be.

Former Bachelors Sean Lowe and Ben Higgins joined After Paradise co-host Michelle Collins in welcoming two-time runner-up Nick Viall to the after show to discuss his journey ahead.

“I’m nervous,” 35-year-old Viall admitted of being the new Bachelor. “I’m very excited.”

Viall, who just missed out on getting engaged to both Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe (and who is still appearing on the current season of BiP), is getting his fourth shot at love on an ABC reality series.

Though Viall is enthusiastic about his upcoming season, Bachelor Nation responded both positively and negatively to the network’s choice.

After the decision was announced to awaiting fans, a flurry of social media users shared their discontent with ABC’s decision to name Viall as the Bachelor.

“Nick viall is the bachelor lmao lmao finally something to help me stop watching,” one Twitter user posted.

Another Twitter quipped at Viall’s upcoming fourth appearance on the network: “I’ve spent way too much of my life watching Nick Viall on television.”

But across his three seasons on ABC’s series, the 35-year-old has gathered some fans along the way who will be rooting him on in the upcoming fourth round.

“If Nick Viall were the bachelor right after Andi’s season I would have projectile vomited but he’s not so bad anymore,” one Twitter user posted.

Another social media user penned, “I personally love @viallnicholas28 and think he is a genuine person. He deserves to find love! #TheBachelor.”

And then there was the reaction of a man who has stood in Viall’s shoes – Higgins himself advised the new Bachelor: “There’s going to be times in this that there’s no right and some really tough moments, but in the end it can really work out well and it can be the best experience you’ve ever had, so buckle up. Your life is about to change big-time, but all for the better.”

Season 21 of The Bachelor returns in January on ABC.