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Nick Viall Is the Season 21 Bachelor: Read the Best Bachelor Nation Reactions! (Say What, Chad Johnson?!)

He’s back — again! ABC announced on Tuesday, August 30, that The Bachelor season 21 star is Nick Viall — and needless to say, Bachelor Nation had plenty of feelings about the pick.

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Viall, 35, was certainly a surprising choice to lead the long-running dating series. He is a two-time runner-up on The Bachelorette, coming in second to Josh Murray for Andi Dorfman‘s final rose in season 10, and losing to season 11’s Shawn Booth for Kaitlyn Bristowe‘s love.

The Bachelorette season 12’s Luke Pell was widely seen as a likely season 21 front-runner, as were other standouts from JoJo Fletcher‘s crew including Chase McNary, Robby Hayes and Wells Adams.

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It’s perhaps no surprise that season 12 villain Chad Johnson was quick to chime in about the news, even making a jab about Viall’s looks.

Johnson tells Us Weekly exclusively, “I think Nick will do and say whatever he thinks will make America like him. He proved that’s what he does by completely changing his behavior from The Bachelorette to his performance on Bachelor in Paradise.”

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Plenty of Bachelor Nation folks had favorable reactions, including Jade Roper, Tanner Tolbert and J.P. Rosenbaum. McNary posted a terse “congrats,” while Jen Saviano — who dated Viall on Bachelor in Paradise season 3 — shared a gif of Amy Schumer swigging a giant glass of wine.

The Bachelor season 20 alum Izzy Goodkind tells Us exclusively, “Nick is the next Bachelor? Perfect — Chase and Luke are single for the rest of us!”

However, Bachelor Nation mainstay Ashley Iaconetti praises the choice in her exclusive statement to Us: “I’ve never been so excited and happy for a friend in my life. Not that it’s any surprise, but I was crying — happy tears —when he came out on stage.”

“Nick and I are so close,” Iaconetti continues. “He’s like my older, supportive brother. I think people can see that on Paradise. I’m so thankful to have him in my life. I’m going to miss him so much over the next three months. No one could be better for this role than him. The girl he ends up with is going to be a lucky one! Kind of tearing up just typing this.”

Check out the best reactions below. Bachelor in Paradise airs on ABC Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET. The Bachelor returns to ABC on Mondays in early 2017.  

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