Meet the new "Bachelor"!

So this was a surprise announcement today on "GMA"...not necessarily that a black Bachelor has been selected (first time in 40 - we figured ABC would hear the cry for more diversity)...but WHO producers named. "Bachelor Nation" was hoping for fan-favorite Mike Johnson, who competed for Hannah Brown's heart on "The Bachelorette" last year.

Mike is NOT the next "Bachelor"...a fella named Matt James will be handing out the roses. It's unusual because...for as long as we can remember, the "leads" in the franchise have been singles with previous experience on one of the shows. We've never seen Matt before. He was supposed to be part of Clare's upcoming run as "The Bachelorette"...but for whatever reason, Matt is now a lead.

All I know about him at this point is that he's 28 and a commercial realtor from NY.

Good luck, Matt, on your journey to finding love!

photo:ABC

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