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Arie Luyendyk, Jr. and Sean Lowe are the two finalists for The Bachelor, according to reports, meaning Ryan Lochte won't be rocking his Speedo on the show.

The Olympic swimming champ was actually in the running, however.

"We honestly briefly considered him," a source who works on the show revealed to E! News. "But we are going elsewhere. It's really down to Arie and Sean."

Ryan Lochte, Bikini-Clad Girls

You'll still have a chance to see the athlete on TV this fall, as Lochte booked a gig on 30 Rock as well as 90210. But The Bachelor didn't say #Jeah to Ryan.

Arie Luyendyk, Jr., Sean Lowe and Jef Holm all became fan favorites during the most recent Bachelorette season, comprising Emily Maynard's final three.

Producers are still finalizing their decision, and a casting announcement is expected "soon." Roberto Martinez may or may not still be in the mix as well.

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Olympic swimming champ Ryan Lochte wants at least $750,000 to even think about becoming the star of ABC's The Bachelor, a new report says.

Lochte has been very open about considering the starring role, and his team has told producers that the above figure would only be a starting point.

How can he command that much money? Have you seen any Ryan Lochte photos? Enough said. Whether ABC would do it is another story.

  • Ryan Lochte Topless
  • Ryan Lochte Shirtless Picture

"Ryan's agents are getting besieged with offers and deals, everything from The Bachelor, his own reality show, and movies," a source says.

The 28-year-old's reps will present all the current offers to Ryan Lochte in the next week or so, and decisions will need to be made quickly.

Quickly and carefully.

"Ryan is acutely aware that he has to attach himself to the right projects and endorsements that won't do damage to his all American image."

"As much as he'd like to, Ryan has reservations about The Bachelor because he wouldn't have control over how he is portrayed on the show."

Clearly he's not as dumb as some people think. In addition, the 11-time medalist will make a cameo on 90210 and has his eye on DWTS.

What do you think: Ryan Lochte as The Bachelor?

 

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Rumors of Ryan Lochte as The Bachelor are swirling ever since the Olympics, and last night, host-pimp Chris Harrison says he's very much open to the idea.

With a couple of caveats, that is:

  • Lochte must wear a Speedo the entire season.
  • Absolutely no peeing in pools at the mansion.
Ryan Lochte and Chris Harrison

"That's part of the deal" Harrison said at The Expendables 2 premiere in Hollywood. "Did you see him in his Speedo? I mean, all of America stopped."

"It's a female driven show, come on!"

Lochte, who will guest star on 90210 this fall, said of the Speedo stipulation, "That's fine ... I usually already am. There's not much of a difference."

While conventional wisdom says the show will go with Arie Luyendyk, Jr., or Sean Lowe, Harrison says "I think it would be awesome" to have Ryan.

"If he promises not to pee in the pool, we'll be alright."

"If it gets asked, I'd definitely consider it," the 28-year-old swimmer said of looking for love on The Bachelor this winter. "So we'll see what happens."

What do you think: Ryan Lochte as The Bachelor?

 

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Olympic swimming champion Ryan Lochte will be in high demand when he leaves London ... and The Bachelor producers apparently have their eyes on him.

In an interview on NBC’s Today, the 11-time medalist mentioned Dancing With the Stars as a possibility, along with the long-running matchmaking show.

He's not the only one who sees a good fit with The Bachelor. Host Chris Harrison and Mike Fleiss, the show's EP, have discussed bringing Lochte on board.

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Fleiss "just told me he liked Ryan Lochte in his speedo so much he's now on short list for