‘The Bachelor’ Ben Flajnik Discusses Dramatic New Season (PHOTOS)

By: Taryn Ryder / January 2, 2012

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The new season of The Bachelor airs tonight on ABC so Ben Flajnik is hitting the talk show circuit. After proposing, then being rejected by Bachelorette Ashley Hebert, the winemaker from Sonoma, CA is the new bachelor this season and is opening up about his journey to find love.

“I didn’t know she was going to turn down my proposal. Obviously it didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to, but I’m glad that I’m here now in this position,” Flajnik, 29, said Monday on Good Morning America.

“It’s hard to look at that in retrospect and have any kind of regret really because I’m glad I followed through with something for once in a relationship. It was a good learning experience.”

So what is he looking for this time around:

“Someone who is worldly and … has experienced life….At such a young age I’ve gone through so much — my father’s passing, I’ve been able to travel…I’ve had a lot of life lessons so that’s what I kind of look for in a counterpoint.”

Catch the dramatic new season tonight! In the meantime, check out Ashley and fiance JP down below.