The winner has been revealed for The Bachelor 2016! But that's not all, as The Bachelorette was announced at the LIVE on the After the Final Rose special. Who did Ben Higgins give his Final Rose? And which contestant was named The Bachelorette 2016?
In the lead up to the finale, Ben told both JoJo and Lauren B. he loved them, marking the first time in the history of The Bachelor franchise that two contestants have heard the "L" word headed into the big finale. So to say there was some uncertainty about whom Ben would choose would be a bit of an understatement, particularly since Ben himself seemed to have no idea which bachelorette he'd choose. But, sure enough, he made a decision, called that woman's father, got on one knee, and proposed. So who was the winner of The Bachelor 2016? Find out the results below:Credit: ABC
In the first result of the night, Ben met with JoJo and told her that while he did love her, he simply loved Lauren B. more. Naturally, JoJo was blindsided by this, particularly since Ben promised he'd never blindside her. Ben seemed distressed at what he had to do, saying that in any other life, he couldn't imagine saying goodbye to her. Yet here we are.
RUNNER-UP: Joelle "JoJo" FletcherRunner-up: Joelle "JoJo" Fletcher
WINNER: Lauren BushnellWinner: Lauren Bushnell
Personally, I thought JoJo had it, although I guess it makes a certain kind of sense, since The Bachelor tends to pick blondes. Maybe next year's Bachelor, whomever he might be, will finally break that trend.
The Bachelorette for 2016 has yet to be announced, but third-place finisher Caila Quinn is currently the frontrunner for the role. I suppose we'll find out at the end of the hour! Keep it locked right here, as I'll be updating this post as soon as we know who The Bachelorette is! Until then, let us know what you think about the final result in the comments! Will Ben and Lauren last? Was Ben a good Bachelor? Who SHOULD be The Bachelorette? Let us know what you think!
UPDATE! The Bachelorette has been named! And it's not the person reports initially put forth:Joelle "JoJo" Fletcher is The Bachelorette 2016!
JOELLE "JOJO" FLETCHER IS THE BACHELORETTE 2016!
Great choice! I feel bad for Caila, who probably felt like she had this all wrapped up. It wouldn't surprise me if the producers made her think she did, particularly given how genuinely shocked JoJo looked to learn she was The Bachelorette. Still, I'm happy for JoJo, and I hope she finds what she's looking for.
What do you think of JoJo as The Bachelorette? Sound off in the comments!