Ben Higgins, whom Kaitlyn Bristowe eliminated on ABC's "The Bachelorette" Monday night, reportedly will be the next star of "The Bachelor."

E! News said Tuesday producers have chosen the 26-year-old software salesman, who became second runner-up behind Shawn Booth, 28, and Nick Viall, 34, to star in Season 20 of the dating competition next fall. Higgins, a native of Warsaw, Indiana, now living and working in Denver, has yet to finalize his contract, E! noted.

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ABC traditionally does not reveal the next "Bachelor" or "Bachelorette" star until after the current season's conclusion. "Sorry, but we do not comment on casting speculation and rumor," a network spokeswoman told Newsday.

Higgins is scheduled to appear on Monday's "The Men Tell All" reunion episode.

Separately, E! also reported that Britt Nilsson -- one of the two women chosen for this season of "The Bachelorette" who was voted off on the second episode -- and singer-songwriter Brady Toops had broken up. Toops, a contestant this season, quit the show in order to pursue a relationship with her. The two had dated fewer than six months.