I don't see Sean as being able to handle the show. I think he'd crumble pretty quickly, and I definitely think Arie has more of an outgoing personality than Sean does. Sean is way more laid back. That being said, I'd rather see a brand new person enter the franchise than see either Sean or Arie be the lead. I like both of them way too much to see them get fed to the wolves on the ABC boards and elsewhere.
I read a very interesting article about Arie in a magazine at the store. (The article wasn't in the Enquirer). According to the article, Emily and Arie had slept together several times. Arie decided to reject Emily because she spent the night with Jef. (None of that ended up on TV because Emily was concerned abut her image, and Fleiss was willing to cover up what really happened). The show promised Arie money, a vacation, and the lead as the Bachelor, if he would pretend to let Emily reject him. I did read in posts on this board that Arie had rejected Emily.
I saw that article in US Weekly....it's not the enquirer, but it's not much better. That one, In Touch, Star...none of them are above printing made up stories to sell magazines. Not too long ago they said that Brad was leaving Angelina because he'd knocked up Jen...lol I really don't believe it, because I can't see Jef staying with her if she was miss loosey goosey on the show. And Arie truly looked stunned that Emily was dumping him. Plus, him and Jef are buddies...I don't think that would be true if all this really went down.
Sure sounds like the Enquirer or a clone such as US or INStyle. When would Emily have had the opportunity to have sex with anyone outside the fantasy suite when producers are constantly at her side?
The original spoiler had Arie going home at F3 and Sean continuing to F2. Probably because Sean's answers regarding the previous girlfriend admitted to being a buddy, Emily (and the producers) may have thought it would be better to take Arie as he had professed his love earlier and stronger than Sean. This last is my speculation, but the storyline for Sean started downhill during his hometown when he talked about his past relationship and reminding her that he is selective.
We are hearing now that Emily had lasered in on Jef at Prague and it was game over during hometown. Except for show purposes, Arie didn't have a chance from that point on.