Luke Pell Talks About ‘Bachelor’ Switch-Up : ‘I Had My Bags Packed’

Luke Pell found out he was not going to be the ‘Bachelor’ 11 hours before his flight to L.A.


Hours before he was ready to board his flight to L.A to shoot the official announcement on the After Paradise Live, the producers of show pulled the plug and called him.

“We were all satisfied, had agreed to the contracts and everything was moving forward,” Pell reveals to Us Weekly.

“I was checked in to my flight to come to L.A. I got a call from producers Sunday night at about 10 p.m. They said ABC had decided to quote-unquote go in a different direction. I was supposed to fly out Monday morning at 9 a.m. I had my bags packed and everything. Most dramatic Monday ever!”

Luke also revealed that much more than just an airline ticket had been arranged for his Bachelor intro shoot.

“We had planned for intro filming and had planned to have my sister come on for a date and give advice as part of the show. I met with the wardrobe guys. Everything was moving forward. Everyone on the production level was expecting it to be me, as well.”

“I’ve come to accept the decision. From all my years in the military, I’ve learned that some things are out of my control. I put it in the past, and I’m moving forward. It was a huge surprise, but the element of surprise and unexpected decisions is what the show thrives off of.”

“I was emotionally and mentally all prepared. My family was happy about it. So I’m recalculating what I’m going to be doing. I’m just happy to get back to my life in Nashville as an entrepreneur and a songwriter. Those are two passions of mine. I put them on hold for the TV show, and now I can return to that”

About doing the show if offered in the future, he says: “I probably wouldn’t do it. I don’t want to wait in the wings for what decisions they can make for my life. I want to head back into taking control of my own destiny.”

He also talks about his ideal partner.

“I love somebody that is excited about life and has goals and dreams. I love independence. I love confidence. I love somebody that loves family and loves to have fun and who is completely comfortable in their own skin.”

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