Why The Bachelorette's Peter Kraus Turned Down Being The Bachelor

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Despite becoming a fan favorite on The Bachelorette, Wisconsin native Peter Kraus was overlooked for the upcoming Season of The Bachelor. Now, Kraus is revealing that he was asked if he was interested in appearing on the series and that he rejected the offer. Kraus explains why he turned the opportunity down below:

I was so distraught at that time that it was something that I could never see myself doing. Hopefully you find love. There's a lot of fun --- some of my closest friends are from the show. But there are cons too. I feel like you lose control and I'm definitely a control freak. There'd be a lot I wouldn't have final say on, and that would be hard for me.

As for what the "final say" Peter Kraus is referring to when he speaks to US Magazine, The Bachelorette fans can already guess. Kraus went all the way to the finale with Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay, but things ground to a halt when Kraus told Lindsay he could not propose to her the next day (which isn't the worst thing a contestant revealed this season). The revelation led to one of the most dramatic breakups the show has seen, and Kraus being devastated as Lindsay chose Bryan Abasolo over him. If Kraus wasn't capable of proposing to someone with whom he had such a strong connection with in two months time, why would The Bachelor be any different?

While fans of The Bachelorette might be disappointed Peter Kraus didn't take another shot at love in The Bachelor, most fans likely empathize with the fact that he wants to spend more than two months developing a relationship with someone he cares about before popping the question. Unfortunately, that's not what either series is about, and Kraus knew folks might be mad at him for going the distance again, only to back away again when it came to the proposal:

As far as proposal, yeah I'm worried that at the end of it I wouldn't necessarily be able to, but it's not that I don't want to. This is kind of part of my thought process, if I did get to the end and I do really, truly like somebody but for some reason I can't just say this is for sure that person, I don't want it to be the same outcome again. People are forgiving once. I don't know if they're forgiving twice.

Kraus wasn't alone in that thought either, as The Bachelor franchise creator Mike Fleiss very publicly hinted the show would not pick Kraus for the show if he was not ready to tie the knot. This raises the question whether or not the producers were truly genuine when they asked Peter Kraus if he wanted to be on The Bachelor, but in either case, it seems both parties got what they wanted.

The Bachelor is set to air in 2018 on ABC. The show actually managed to secure another fan favorite for the new season, and those interested can read more about him right here. For more fall programming that will whittle down the months leading to the show's return, visit our fall premiere guide.

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