EXCLUSIVE: Arie Luyendyk Jr. was still dating someone two nights ahead of 'Bachelor' announcement, source says

Bachelor Nation isn't too happy with ABC's decision to cast Arie Luyendyk Jr. as the new Bachelor and it looks like there's more to uncover about the race car driver and real estate agent.

 A source tells ET that Luyendyk Jr. was actually dating someone ahead of the big reveal.

According to the source, Luyendyk Jr., who currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, had been in a relationship with a receptionist there for over a year, but broke up with her just two nights before the announcement so he could do the show.

The source tells ET that the 35-year-old attended work events with the woman, but "everyone hated him."

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 24: Arie Luyendyk Jr. attends the 2015 Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 24, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joey Foley/WireImage)
Arie Luyendyk, Jr. attends X Games Austin's 101X's X Games Austin Kick-Off Bash at The Belmont on June 4, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Suzanne Cordeiro/Corbis via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - MAY 28: Speed Energy Stadium Super Truck Series driver and The Bachelorette TV Show contestant Arie Luyendyk Jr attends Grand Prix Street Fest at Campus Martius Park on May 28, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Paul Warner/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 26: Arie Luyendyk, Jr. attends the 2013 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 26, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Arie Luyendyk, Jr. attends KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2012 at Nokia Theatre LA Live on December 3, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22: TV personality Arie Luyendyk Jr. attends the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival pool party at the Wet Republic pool at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22: TV personality Arie Luyendyk Jr. attends the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival pool party at the Wet Republic pool at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 21: Television personality Arie Luyendyk Jr. poses in the press room at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 21, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steven Lawton/Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - AUGUST 10: Arie Luyendyk and Jr. arrives at the 12th Annual Harold Pump Foundation Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on August 10, 2012 in Century City, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)
CENTURY CITY, CA - AUGUST 10: TV personality Arie Luyendyk, Jr attends the 12th Annual Harold Pump Foundation Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on August 10, 2012 in Century City, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage)
INDIANAPOLIS - MAY 29: Arie Luyendyk, Kim Kardashian, Arie Luyendyk Jr and Kris Jenner visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 29, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/WireImage)
FONTANA, CA - FEBRUARY 3: IndyCar driver Arie Luyendyk Jr. during the annual Indycar Series pre-season 'Test in the West' on February 3, 2003 at the California Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
THE BACHELORETTE - 'The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose' - Emotions ran high as Emily sat down with Chris Harrison, live, to talk about her final two bachelors. She took viewers back to those final days in exotic Cura�o when she was conflicted about being in love with two men. Emily discussed her relationships with Arie and Jef and the heart-wrenching decision that changed all of their lives forever. Both men returned to share the bombshell outcome of the series. It was the emotional ending to Emily's heartfelt journey to find true love, live, on 'The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose,' SUNDAY, JULY 22 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET). (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) EMILY MAYNARD, ARIE LUYENDYK
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Ever since the surprise news was announced on Good Morning America on Thursday, fans of the show and even former contestants have been weighing in, many social media users were calling out the network for not choosing the fan-favorite from Rachel Lindsay's season of The Bachelorette, Peter Kraus.

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Luyendyk Jr. first appeared on Emily Maynard's season of The Bachelorette, placing second to Jef Holm. Maynard and Holm split in October 2012, and she's now married with three children.

Despite vying for the same girl's heart, Luyendyk Jr. and Holm remained friends once the show wrapped. But according to Holm, their friendship has ended.

"I stopped being friends with him years ago because he's disgusting," Holm wrote, in reply to a Twitter thread by @RealitySteve.

"Oh the stories I could tell...," another tweet read.

ET has reached out to Holm, Luyendyk Jr. and ABC for comment. The network had no comment.

RELATED: Here's how long every "Bachelor" relationship has lasted:
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"The Bachelor" (Season 1): Alex Michel didn't propose to Amanda Marsh when he chose her over Trista Rehn back in 2002, and they broke up after several months of dating.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 2): Aaron Buerge and Helene Eksterowicz broke off their engagement after just a couple of weeks, continuing the franchise's early struggle to result on a long-lasting relationship. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

"The Bachelorette" (Season 1): Trista Rehn (now Trista Sutter) and Ryan Sutter are the ultimate Bachelor Nation success story. After getting married on national TV in 2003, the couple welcomed two children together and are still married 14 years later!

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"The Bachelor" (Season 3): Andrew Firestone proposed to Jen Schefft at the end of his season, but the couple broke up a few months later. They reportedly remained friends.

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"The Bachelor (Season 4): Bob Guiney didn't propose to Estella Gardinier at the end of his season, but he did give her a promise ring that she happily accepted. Clearly, the promise didn't last long, as they broke up a few weeks after the season aired.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 5): Jesse Palmer and Jessica Bowlin broke up after several weeks of dating. They never got engaged. (Photo by Michael Hickey/WireImage)
"The Bachelorette" (Season 2): Meredith Phillips picked Ian McKee, who proposed to Phillips in the season finale. They broke off their engagement a year later in February 2005. (Photo by J. Merritt/FilmMagic)
"The Bachelor" (Season 6): Byron Velvick and Mary Delgado were together for five years, but eventually broke up in 2009.
"The Bachelorette" (Season 3): Jen Schefft initially didn't choose either of her final two men, but during a live final rose ceremony, Schefft ended up choosing Jerry Ferris. When Ferris proposed, though, Schefft denied his proposal. Get all that?
"The Bachelor" (Season 7): Charlie O'Connell (brother of actor Jerry O'Connell) and Sarah Brice dated on and off for five years before calling it quits for good in 2010. They were never engaged. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
"The Bachelor" (Season 8): Travis Lane Stork, who you may recognize now as a current host of "The Doctors," and Sarah Stone broke up shortly after their season of the show aired in 2006.
"The Bachelor" (Season 9): Lorenzo Borghese and Jennifer Wilson dated for about four months before breaking up in January 2007. Borghese never proposed. 
"The Bachelor" (Season 10): Andrew Baldwin proposed to Tessa Horst in the season finale of his season, but the couple ended their engagement a month later. They continued dating for a few months before breaking up for good in the fall of 2007.

"The Bachelor" (Season 11): Brad Womack made history by choosing neither DeAnna Pappas nor Jenni Croft, leaving him with nobody at the end of the season.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 12): Matt Grant and Shayne Lamas got engaged on the season finale, but broke up just a few months later in the summer of 2008.

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 4): DeAnna Pappas and Jesse Csincsak set their wedding date for a year after the finale of their season, but broke up before they could get there after six months of dating. Pappas would later return for Season 13 of "The Bachelor," and Csincsak ended up marrying a contestant from that same season.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 13): Jason Mesnick chose Molly Malaney over original winner Melissa Rycroft after he ended his engagement to Rycroft. Mesnick and Malaney famously wed on a TV special called "The Bachelor: Jason and Molly's Wedding" in March 2010. They welcomed their first child together in 2013 and are still together. 

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 5): Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski were engaged for a little over a year before breaking up in July 2010.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 14): Jake Pavelka proposed to Vienna Girardi at the end of his season, but the couple called off their engagement just a few months later.

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 6): Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez were engaged for 15 months before ending their relationship in November 2011.

"The Bachelor" (Season 15): Brad Womack was given another shot at love after ending Season 11 without a woman. He proposed to Emily Maynard during the show's finale after the couple had broken up during their season. They were engaged for just a few months before breaking up in May 2011.

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 7): Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum got engaged on the finale of their season and married over a year later in a televised wedding. They share two children together and are still together.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 16): Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson broke up while their season was airing, but resumed their engagement for another six months or so before ending things for good in October of 2012.

(Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

"The Bachelorette" (Season 8): Emily Maynard and Jef Holm were engaged for about six months before going their separate ways.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 17): Sean Lowe proposed to Catherine Giudici in the finale of his season, and they got married in January of 2014. They have one child together, Samuel, who was born in July 2016. They're still married.

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 9): Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried got married two years after their season wrapped in January 2015. They share one child together and are still married.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 18): Controversial Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis didn't propose to Nikki Ferrell, but they dated for over half a year before breaking up in October 2014. 

(Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)

"The Bachelorette" (Season 10): Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray ended their engagement about half a year after their got engaged. Murray would later be engaged to Amanda Standon from Season 20 of "The Bachelor," who he met on "Bachelor In Paradise" Season 3, but they broke up just six months later.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 19): Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff ended their engagement less than three months after the finale of Soules' season.

(Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)

"The Bachelorette" (Season 11): Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth got engaged in the season finale of their season in the summer of 2015, and they're still engaged and living together in Nashville.

(Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

"The Bachelor" (Season 20): Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell enjoyed a little over a year of being engaged, before announcing their split in May 2017. They had starred on "Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After" together in the fall of 2016.

(Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

"The Bachelorette" (Season 12): JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers got engaged on the season finale of their season in the summer of 2016. They're still together and living in Dallas.

(Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)

"The Bachelor" (Season 21): Nick Viall proposed to Vanessa Grimaldi on the finale of his season, and they're still engaged.

(Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

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