The Bachelorette finale that featured a tear-filled engagement bewteen Emily Maynard and Jef Holm also endeared millions to Arie Luyendyk, Jr.
While the majority of viewers are happy for - and confident in - Emily and Jef, the response to Arie Luyendyk has been overwhelmingly positive.
In other words, contrary to what the tabloids would have you believe.
The runner-up, who was the subject of wild, crazy and sometimes hurtful gossip reports throughout the season, has finally taken them to task.
Numerous magazines have painted Arie as a womanizer who only went on the show for publicity; an ex-girlfriend of his even got in on the act.
In addition, "insiders" claimed Emily Maynard was dumped by Arie despite wanting him to receive the final rose, with Jef winning by default.
Tuesday, Arie Luyendyk, Jr., who has wished Emily and Jef well, took to his Twitter page to address the stories, albeit without specifics:
“It's been brought to my attention what all the tabloids are saying. IT'S ALL FALSE, I mean where do they come up with this crap?! #carryon.”
Carry on he will ... very possibly into The Bachelor driver's seat.
It seems all but a lock that Arie or Sean Lowe will be the next Bachelor, and given the former's popularity, you have to think he has the edge.
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