February 20, 2015 06:50 PM

You’d think Sean Lowe would be tapped out after several rounds of Men Tell All and After the Rose specials during his time on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, but an interview on Friday proved he still has plenty of behind-the-scenes Bachelor secrets left.

Chris Soules Wasn’t Always This Season’s Bachelor

America – and at least three women – may have fallen in love with Chris Soules on this season of The Bachelor, but if you ask Lowe, the Iowa farmer almost didn’t get the network’s offer to be season 19’s leading man.

Lowe told Dish Nation on Friday that it was not Soules, 33, whom producers originally had in mind to hand out the roses. Instead, they’d extended an offer to Arie Luyendyk Jr., whom Lowe befriended when they were both wooing Emily Maynard on The Bachelorette in 2012. (Lowe made it to the final three; Maynard passed over Luyendyk in favor of Jef Holm.)

“From what I understand, the show, the producers that make the show, they wanted Arie,” said Lowe, 31, but new executives at the network “were getting nervous. Like, Arie hadn’t been on TV in two years.”

More shocking, though, is Lowe’s claim that Luyendyk, 33, had gotten as far as filming introductory segments when he learned he’d been replaced.

“They actually told Arie he was gonna be the Bachelor,” said Lowe. “They flew down, had a camera crew, filmed him telling his family he was gonna be the next Bachelor – then pulled the rug out from underneath him and made Chris the Bachelor.”

He Did Go to the Fantasy Suite with Emily

In another segment, Lowe says he also felt duped during his time on the romantic reality series – by Maynard, 29.

Though Lowe eventually went on to find love and marriage with Catherine Giudici on his own season of The Bachelor, he felt misled during Fantasy Suite week (which was also the week he was eliminated): “I was so confident back then, thinking I’m the dude she’s gonna choose … because she told me [so].”

He continued, “So I’m thinking, if she’s only [going to the Fantasy Suite] with me, then she must want to choose me. Of course, it was that same week she sent me home, and I found out she did it with the other guys [too].”

This revelation is surprising considering Lowe’s proudly reclaimed virginity, which included his refusal to have sex with any of the women in the Fantasy Suites during his term as Bachelor.

The real brain-teaser, though: How exactly does Lowe’s confession mesh with host Chris Harrison‘s estimate of how many people actually get busy in the Fantasy Suite? Watch below.

Chris Harrison Tells All: How Much Sex Goes on Behind the Scenes of The Bachelor?

The Bachelor airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.

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