The third season of The Bachelor NZ will have a new host handing out tissues to broken-hearted Bachelorettes, with the incumbent Mike Puru to be replaced by Dominic Bowden.
Puru, who stood by Art Green and Jordan Mauger as they searched for love on the reality TV show, found out his fate last week – but Spy understands he hasn’t taken the news to heart.
Puru, who still co-hosts TV3's morning show The Cafe, released a statement to Spy through his agent, Paul Ellis.
"Mike is a very astute broadcaster who has worked for Mediaworks for 21 years. He is happy to move on to new and exciting prospects. There are many projects in the mix right now."
His replacement, 37-year-old Bowden, is currently in the US, and attended the All Blacks' match against Ireland in Chicago over the weekend. He had no comment to make to Spy about his new gig.
Mediaworks, who have their new season launch at Auckland's Northern Club tomorrow, also wouldn't comment on Puru's departure from the show.
Former NZ Idol host Bowden has had much experience with reality TV shows, having also worked on Dancing with the Stars, both in New Zealand and the US, and The X Factor NZ.
It remains to be seen if he brings his infamous X Factor pause to the Bachelor rose ceremonies – or if he gives the new Bachelor himself a run for his money.