The Real Story Why Peter Kraus Lost ‘Bachelor’ 2018 to Arie Luyendyk Jr. (UPDATE)
UPDATE (9/7/2017 at 5:45 p.m. ET):
The former frontrunner for the gig is speaking out for the first time since Arie Luyendyk Jr. was announced as the Season 22 star, and it sounds like he might have let "fear" cause him to make a big mistake.
Alongside a pensive #TBT photo of himself from Rachel Lindsay's Bachelorette journey, Peter starts his caption reminiscing about the "incredible journey" he had on the show, admitting he's struggling to "hold back tears."
He initially thanks Rachel for "giving him a chance," while also gushing about his remaining love for her, and his best wishes for her future.
Then, it's time for the ABC and Bachelor stuff...
The Wisconsin hunk goes on to thank the network for their "kindness" and the "special" opportunity, though he admits "something held me back."
"Upon leaving the @bacheloretteabc I was asked, 'what did you learn, about yourself during this process?'" he then transitions, starting to get to the root of the problem.
"And at the time I naively said 'nothing that I can think of.' Now... looking back... I realize I learned one of the single greatest teachings of my life."
"When you let uncertainty or fear guide your decisions, you risk missing out on what could potentially be the greatest opportunity of a life time," he says tellingly.
He then concludes, "So live dangerously, live without the fear of the unknown, and continue to live and love with a heart that is truly open to anything. #thankyou #lovealways."
Sounds like someone wishes they handled the situation differently. What do you think? Click through for more on this Bachelor drama!
Original story (9/7/2017 at 12:30 p.m. ET):
What about Peter Kraus?
Incredibly handsome (he’s a former male model!), totally driven (he also owns his own fitness company), and seemingly genuine (he refused to propose after three months), he seemed the perfect candidate.
We even thought he was going to be announced last week, when Reality Steve had it on good authority that he was their man.
(SPOILER): I feel confident in reporting that sources are telling me Peter is the next Bachelor & it will be announced soon.RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) August 30, 2017
Then, on Friday, Good Morning America tweeted and deleted that they’d be announcing the next Bachelor, and we knew something was up.
In the ensuing days, Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss tweeted up a storm with confusing hints about who might be the next star.
Things got real on Wednesday, however, when he told his followers, “Unfortunately, Peter probably will not be #TheBachelor …”
Unfortunately, Peter probably will not be #TheBachelor ...Mike Fleiss (@fleissmeister) September 6, 2017
Fast forward 12 hours, and Arie was announced. So what happened?
Hours before the announcement, sources told People that franchise producers were “in full-blown panic mode.”
“Peter was honestly never their first choice; they’re still mad at him because of the whole Rachel situation,” the insider said.
The source continued, “But they knew he’s who the fans wanted. And the fact that they went to Peter even after they’d initially said they wouldn’t? That let Peter know he had a ton of power going into this situation.”
“Suddenly it was like they needed him more than he needs them — he didn’t think he was going to get it, anyway, so he doesn’t care if it all goes away again. He’s not bending on what he wants.”
Whatever Peter's demands were, the producers didn’t think he deserved them, instead saying that he should be “falling over himself” for the “honor.”
“And Peter just doesn’t play that way,” the insider added. “He doesn’t play by any of the rules — if he did, he’d have just proposed to Rachel even though he knew it wouldn’t work out, and then broken up with her a few months later, like Nick just did. But he couldn’t be forced into it.”
The source mused that the proposal element of Bachelor might have been “a sticking point” for the 31-year-old.
“It’s highly possible Peter just refused to promise, just like he refused to go ahead with Rachel,” they noted.
After that, the producers had “nowhere to turn.”
Apparently, Luke Pell was never contacted, Robby Hayes had no appeal after Bachelor in Paradise 4, Wells Adams wasn’t “leading man caliber,” and Eric Bigger doesn’t have “the charisma and attitude you need.”
At 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday night, Peter seemed to confirm he wouldn't be doing the show.
He tweeted, “Never let fear hold you back. Lesson learned.”
Never let fear hold you back. Lesson learned.Peter Kraus (@PeterWIKraus) September 7, 2017
He also posted a pic of him during one of his training sessions on Instagram, captioning, “Be the leader you'd wish to follow.”
Then, at 11:30 p.m., Reality Steve — who had previously predicted Peter — threw out a new guess.
“My final prediction before it's announced tomorrow: Arie,” he wrote.
My final prediction before it's announced tomorrow: Arie.RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) September 7, 2017
And sure enough, in the early hours of this morning, it happened!
Congrats to Arie! And we’re not worried about Peter at all.
The Bachelor Season 22 premieres early January 2018 on ABC.