August 10, 2012 9:29am PT by Rebecca Ford
Ryan Lochte: America's Next 'Bachelor'? (Video)
Imagine Bachelor host Chris Harrison walking over to Olympian Ryan Lochte at the Bachelor mansion, saying, “Ryan, this is your final rose.”
It could be a reality if the Olympian gets his way.
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Lochte, 28, who won five medals during the Summer Games in London, sat down with Today host Matt Lauer on Friday and said he is considering a turn on one of ABC’s reality shows.
"I'm definitely looking towards Dancing With the Stars and The Bachelor, so we'll see what happens,” he said, adding that he plans to move to Los Angeles and work on a fashion line. A rep for ABC would not comment on casting for The Bachelor.
As The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reported, Lochte's sports agent, Erika Wright, said that the swimmer has multiple TV offers on the table.
"I cannot tell you the exact shows, but two different reality show concepts have been offered and one additional is being discussed," Wright wrote in an e-mail, adding that American talk shows are angling to book Lochte as a guest when he returns to the States.
Lochte made a splash with a “Funny or Die” video pinned to his recent comment revealing that he sometimes urinates in the pool.
Lochte, who wore a diamond American-flag grill on the podium while collecting a gold medal, told Lauer that Will Ferrell contacted him about making a video, and he jumped at the opportunity.
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“I was willing to do it because the media just takes everything and just blows it up,” he said. “It was definitely fun to be on the set.”
Lochte’s immediate plans post-Olympics are to take some time for himself, he told Lauer.
"It's been four years of every day in the pool. I think it’s time for me to take at least a couple weeks,” he said.
Watch Lochte's interview on Today below.