EXCLUSIVE: Joelle 'JoJo' Fletcher is named next 'Bachelorette' in 'last-minute' decision
The next Bachelorette was announced on Monday during The Bachelor: After the Final Rose and a source tells ET it was a last-minute decision.
Joelle "JoJo" Fletcher will lead season 12 of The Bachelorette!
Fans will remember that last week, Bachelor Ben Higgins told JoJo -- a 24-year-old real estate developer from Dallas, Texas-- that he loved her before ultimately proposing to flight attendant Lauren Bushnell on Monday's finale.
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Prior to the announcement, Bachelor runner-up Caila Quinn seemed to be a frontrunner for the next season of The Bachelorette. In fact, a source tells ET that both Quinn and Fletcher filmed their Bachelorette intros before producers made their final decision.
Fletcher's brothers were particularly confrontational with Ben during The Bachelor's hometown visits this season.
"Ben, you brainwash these girls way too much," JoJo's other brother, also named Ben, warned. "To see my sister like that after two [one-on-one] dates...as a brother, I'm like, 'This guy is not as invested as she is.'"
Bachelor Ben admitted that his conversation with JoJo's brothers left him "unsettled" about the relationship.
"At this point I really don't know," Bachelor Ben admitted to the protective pair. "But I know that JoJo and I will be having some really good conversations and really tough conversations."
Fans will have to wait and see if JoJo's brothers will play a part on her season of the The Bachelorette, which begins filming in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Additional reporting by Jennifer Peros