EXCLUSIVE: Why Nick Viall is the Bachelor, not Luke Pell

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On Tuesday night, ABC announced that Nick Viall is the new Bachelor, and fans were shocked! While Nick became a fan favorite on this season of Bachelor in Paradise (in fact, much of our ET staff had been championing for him to be the Bachelor), we didn't expect our 'Nick for Bachelor' dreams to come true!

ABC broke what has long been protocol and decided not to go with a finalist from the most recent season of The Bachelorette -- even though producers were in talks with both Luke Pell and Chase McNary from JoJo Fletcher's season.

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So, how did it all go down? A source tells ET the Nick decision was a "last-minute switch-up."

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UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Nick Viall visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on August 8, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - AUGUST 05: Television personality Nick Viall poses backstage at the ALT 98.7 Summer Camp at the Santa Monica Pier on August 5, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - AUGUST 05: (L-R) Television personalities Emily Ferguson, Chris Soules, Becca Tilley, Nick Viall, Haley Ferguson and Dan Cox pose backstage at the ALT 98.7 Summer Camp at the Santa Monica Pier on August 5, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
BACHELOR IN PARADISE - 'Episode 301' - Looking for a second chance at love on the season premiere of the highly anticipated 'Bachelor in Paradise,' beginning TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 (8:00-10:00 p.m., EDT) on the ABC Television Network, the cast arrive one by one to their own private paradise in the gorgeous town of Sayulita, located in Vallarta-Nayarit, Mexico. The cast comprised of former fan favorites and controversial characters from 'The Bachelor' franchise live together along the shores of Paradise beach, share exotic dates, and explore new romances, all for another chance to find love. Each week, relationships will be put to the test as new contestants are introduced into the mix. At the end of each week, a rose ceremony will be held where uncoupled contestants will be cast out of Paradise! (Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) AMANDA STANTON, NICK VIALL
BACHELOR IN PARADISE - 'Episode 301' - Looking for a second chance at love on the season premiere of the highly anticipated 'Bachelor in Paradise,' beginning TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 (8:00-10:00 p.m., EDT) on the ABC Television Network, the cast arrive one by one to their own private paradise in the gorgeous town of Sayulita, located in Vallarta-Nayarit, Mexico. The cast comprised of former fan favorites and controversial characters from 'The Bachelor' franchise live together along the shores of Paradise beach, share exotic dates, and explore new romances, all for another chance to find love. Each week, relationships will be put to the test as new contestants are introduced into the mix. At the end of each week, a rose ceremony will be held where uncoupled contestants will be cast out of Paradise! (Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) GRANT KEMP, LACE MORRIS, NICK VIALL, AMANDA STANTON, EMILY FERGUSON
BACHELOR IN PARADISE - 'Episode 302A' - It's only the second day of paradise in the gorgeous town of Sayulita, Mexico, and things start off with a bang on the next episode of the highly anticipated 'Bachelor in Paradise,' on MONDAY, AUGUST 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT). (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) LEAH BLOCK, NICK VIALL
BACHELOR IN PARADISE - 'Episode 301' - Looking for a second chance at love on the season premiere of the highly anticipated 'Bachelor in Paradise,' beginning TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 (8:00-10:00 p.m., EDT) on the ABC Television Network, the cast arrive one by one to their own private paradise in the gorgeous town of Sayulita, located in Vallarta-Nayarit, Mexico. The cast comprised of former fan favorites and controversial characters from 'The Bachelor' franchise live together along the shores of Paradise beach, share exotic dates, and explore new romances, all for another chance to find love. Each week, relationships will be put to the test as new contestants are introduced into the mix. At the end of each week, a rose ceremony will be held where uncoupled contestants will be cast out of Paradise! (Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) NICK VIALL
BACHELOR IN PARADISE - The long awaited third season of last summers genre-defying breakout hit series Bachelor in Paradise returns on TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 (8:0010:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) NICK VIALL
CARSON, CA - MAY 14: Nick Viall arrives at 102.7 KIIS FM's Wango Tango 2016 held at StubHub Center on May 14, 2016 in Carson, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Nick Viall attends the boohoo.com LA Pop Up Store on April 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for boohoo.com )
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Nick Viall attends Ryan Seacrest Purse Party at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on November 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Shawn Booth and Nick Viall attend Ryan Seacrest Purse Party at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on November 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 18: Television personalities Becca Tilley (L) and Nick Viall attend the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 18, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Nick Viall attends OK! Magazine's Spring 2016 NYFW Party at HAUS Nightclub on September 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: TV personality Nick Viall attends Just Jared's Way To Wonderland presented by Ever After High at Greystone Manor Supperclub on August 27, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Dumped by 'The Bachelorette' Nick Viall tells his story to GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 7/31/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 17: Nick Viall attends the Pitchfork after-party at Virgin Hotels Chicago with a performance by Vic Mensa at The Virgin Hotel on July 17, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Virgin Hotels Chicago)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 25: Nick Viall attends Linda's Voice hosts BBQ and Bikinis benefit at Mr. C Beverly Hills on August 25, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JULY 30: Nick Viall (L) and Renee Bargh visit 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on July 30, 2014 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JULY 30: Nick Viall visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on July 30, 2014 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
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"Producers had Luke in mind and he was all set to be the Bachelor," our source says. "In recent years, producers have made their top two favorites both sign contracts to lock them in for the gig, and then will pull one contract when they make up their minds as to who they want."

Viall's story is one of redemption; he was known as a bit of a villain after both Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe's Bachelorette seasons, but BIP has been a turnaround. "ABC saw how much positive attention Nick was getting during Paradise, and thought he'd be great," our source says.

WATCH: Nick Viall on Why He Chose to Go on 'Bachelor in Paradise'

The 35-year-old had been dating Jen Saviano on BIP, but obviously, things didn't work out. On After Paradise Tuesday night, Viall talked about his Bachelor Nation journey. "I had an interesting journey throughout the process," he said. "It hasn't worked out so far. ... Hopefully, this time around, maybe things will end up on a more positive note."

Both Pell and Chase McNary responded to the Viall announcement on Instagram. "Sometimes in life we are faced with unexpected changes," Pell said. "I'm happy to be back home in Nashville and so excited about what the future holds."

"Unfortunately, I don't get to be the Bachelor," McNary wrote. "But my arms and heart are wide open, and I trust the right woman will come into my life at just the right time!"

And Viall's Bachelor narrative is already becoming clear:

🌹 It's official! @nickviall is #TheBachelor! 🌹

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But, we still have to see how BIP ends, and what goes down with Nick and Jen. Catch up on this week's Bachelor in Paradise with our recap video below!


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