'Bachelor in Paradise' preview: Why Colton wants to end things with Tia

Reveal Michael Strahan announces Colton Underwood as the next Bachelor 2019

Reveal Michael Strahan announces Colton Underwood as the next Bachelor 2019

"I'm going to live my life and do what I've always done", he told People. "Thank you for teaching me even more about myself, and most importantly, for your friendship that I know will continue far beyond Paradise", Colton wrote.

Other Bachelor franchise alums reacted to the news as well, including Underwood's ex, Tia Booth, who wished him a season full of "protein powder, puppies, and naps", before confirming that she would not appear on his season of The Bachelor.

While ABC has not set an official release date for season 23 of "The Bachelor", fans should expect the show to return in early 2019.

Fresh off the heels of his journey to find love on The Bachelorette and rollercoaster of a relationship with Tia Booth on Bachelor in Paradise, the 26-year-old is reeling with excitement for this next chapter.

He said: 'I'm very excited.

Though he has more than his fair share of supporters, news of Underwood's casting - which was leaked online just days ago - has been widely slammed by viewers who claim he's too young and not ready for a long relationship.

Colton Underwood spent three seasons attempting to find an National Football League team.

But fans were quick to take to social media to refute this claim, as the 26-year-old dated United States gymnast Aly Raisman between 2016 and 2017 and pictures of the pair with Colton's family appeared online. Oh and did we mention that Colton also dated Becca's good friend Tia Booth. But I woke up one morning and realized that a future wasn't there.

When he came clean to Tia about his feelings, they had a very emotional break up, with both deciding to leave Paradise in the aftermath.

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Another called Colton "an opportunist" and many more said they would not be tuning into the new season in January.

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