Peter Kraus, Alex Bordyukov & Ben Higgins Respond to ‘Bachelor’ 2018 Rumors
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Peter Kraus, Alex Bordyukov & Ben Higgins Respond to ‘Bachelor’ 2018 Rumors

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For some reason, Rachel Lindsay really does not want her Bachelorette 2017 runner-up Peter Kraus to be the next Bachelor 2018.

The Dallas gal received a lot of backlash during Monday night’s After the Final Rose for telling him, “I just don’t think this world, this process, this journey, this show — I just don’t think it’s for you.”

But since she doesn’t think the Wisconsin hunk is the right choice — despite being a fan favorite for the role since the beginning — who does she want?

Rachel and new fiancé Bryan Abasolo have nominated mid-season eliminee (and total hunk) Alex Bordyukov for the gig!

“I actually think Alex should be the next Bachelor,” the attorney said of the lesser-seen Season 13 contestant.

She added, “I don’t think you got to see enough of him. He’s funny, quirky, handsome .. [and] a serial monogamist.”

Bryan followed that up on Good Morning America, calling out his castmate’s “fun personality” and “funky” style. And it’s not just his looks!

“[He’s also] a really smart guy, really high IQ. I just think he’d make a really interesting season,” the 37-year-old concluded.

Of course, word of this got back to Alex himself, who responded to the “flattering” nomination on Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti’s Almost Famous Podcast.

Though the Michigan native says he “appreciates” the kind words, he has a theory for why Rachel and Bryan wanted him for the gig.

“I am pretty sure I was a safe bet, just a politically correct answer to put out. It doesn’t cause any drama with anyone,” he stated, referring to the possible conflicts of choosing someone in Rachel’s final four.

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He followed up, “I think she knows I wouldn’t do it, even if offered the opportunity to do it.”

Say it isn’t so! We were sort of intrigued by the idea of getting to know this handsome funnyman better. That being said, we can appreciate why he’s not interested.

“I was already hesitant about the exposure the show puts on to your dating life, which is to me something very private and intimate,” he reasoned.

“I was one of the people really happy not getting overexposed and out there.”

He continued, “Now I can go on a normal date and I can tell the girl what my backstory is — she doesn’t know where I’m from or who I am.

“I think that’s an important part of dating, getting to know each other instead of going on a date and being like, ‘I know what you’re all about.’’

Of course, that means you won’t be seeing Alex on Bachelor in Paradise either, which he calls “like Bachelor on steroids” and “way out of my comfort zone.”

“Especially after the whole fiasco with the shutdown and all that, it was just a little too much drama for me,” the 28-year-old admitted.

The information systems supervisor — who calls himself “awkward” — is so averse to the reality fame, he still has a joint Instagram account with his best friend.

“If someone tries to slide into my DMs my best friend can check me and be like, ‘Don’t go all savage on this just because you can,’” he joked.

So Alex is out, but what about the podcast’s newly-single co-host Ben?

When he and Lauren Bushnell first split, it didn’t seem like he’d be interested in being Bachelor star again so soon. But now that she’s gone public with her new relationship, has that changed?

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“I’m sweating. That’s a good question,” the 28-year-old responded, when asked as much on the same episode.

“It’s one that I don’t want to answer politically correct here, so I’m going to be as honest as I can be. At this point in my life, I am not ready to be the next Bachelor, I will say that.”

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He elaborated, “It just doesn’t feel right. For whatever reason, it doesn’t feel like a time in my life that I would be the best man possible for the women that would come on this season.”

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The Denver fella explained that it would feel “almost disrespectful” to date other people in front of his ex on TV so soon after their breakup.

“At this point in my life, I don’t think it’s the wise thing to do. So I will not be your Bachelor for this next season,” he confirmed.

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So not next season, but maybe again someday, folks!

The aforementioned Peter, on the other hand, still has a shot — though even he has someone else in mind.

“Everybody knows I love Dean [Unglert],” he gushed of his Bachelor Nation bestie. “I know he said he doesn’t want to do it … He’s a really good guy. I think he’d be fantastic.”

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That doesn’t mean he wouldn’t “consider” doing it himself — he just isn’t right now.

"Consider? Sure,” he mused, adding, “As of right now, am I thinking about it? No.”

For the business owner, watching his Bachelorette ex deal with all of the “pressure” of being the lead is enough to give him pause.

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“You are the face of a franchise,” he pointed out. “The face of an entire population of people who love the show and that’s hard.”

For now, he’s still recovering from the “tough” night facing Rachel on-stage at the ATFR, and will think about potential opportunities after he has some time to decompress.

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"I know as soon as I get back home, I’m going to jump right back into it to process all of this and not get there just yet with that potential step,” he finished.

The Bachelor Season 22 premieres in early 2018 on ABC.