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Ben Flajnik announced as new 'Bachelor'

Ben Flajnik will star in the next edition of ABC's hit romance reality series, 'The Bachelor,' when it returns to ABC in January 2012. (Photo: Flajnik is seen in the season finale of 'The Bachelorette' on Aug. 1, 2011.) (Matt Klitscher)

September 6, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
ABC announced on Tuesday that the new star of the hit reality series "The Bachelor" will be 28-year-old Ben Flajnik.

Flajnik, a winemaker from California, was rejected by Ashley Hebert in Season 7 of "The Bachelorette," but he's ready to find love again.

In "The Bachelorette" season finale, which aired on Aug. 1, Hebert declined Flajnik's proposal and instead gave her final rose to J.P. Rosenbaum, a 34-year-old construction manager from New York City.

"The Bachelor" returns to ABC for its 16th season in January 2012.