‘Bachelor’ Producer Teases Peter Kraus Could Star on Future Season
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‘Bachelor’ Producer Teases Peter Kraus Could Star on Future Season

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Arie Luyendyk Jr. detractors can take heart that their dreams of a Peter Kraus-led Bachelor season may still become a reality.

Though the race car driver will be taking the reins for the Bachelor 2018 season, the hunky former male model he beat out for the role is still on good terms with producers.

In fact, it sounds like “timing” is the only thing that held him back.

Right now, there’s a lot of negativity surrounding Emily Maynard’s Bachelorette 2012 runner-up after he beat out Rachel Lindsay’s fan favorite.

There are the fans lashing out at ABC and the producers, the backlash from his ex-girlfriends, and even Twitter drama with former pal Jef Holm.

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However, ABC's Senior Vice President of Alternative Series, Specials & Late-Night Programming Robert Mills says the production team — and Arie himself! — are just fine with this reaction.

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“I think the great thing with Arie is he has a great sense of humor,” he starts to ETOnline.com.

He continues, “If you hate Arie, you say, ‘He's a lesser version of Peter,’ or ‘Oh my god, he's old. I don't remember him. He's got gray hair!’

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“He's going to take that in stride. He gets it. He's in on the joke, so I think that's going to serve him well as the Bachelor.”

Robert also has a message for those #TeamPeter fans still lamenting his exit from the franchise.

“I think Peter probably would have done it and been an amazing Bachelor, but I also don't know if he, himself, knew if this was the time when he was ready to really do this 100 percent,” he reasons.

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That said, there’s hope for him yet as a Season 23 or Season 24 lead!

“I think we'll always be in touch with Peter, and there might be a time... It might be a year from now, when it's better for him,” he teases. “It was all about timing”

The producer then adds that, while the Wisconsin hunk being a fan favorite is “great,” it can also be a “double-edged sword.”

“If it's not the season that the fans want, which, you know, might have been if Peter might not have been ready to commit 100 percent, that's also disappointing,” he explains.

“And it would have been disappointing for Peter, too.”

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Fair enough! And judging by the 31-year-old’s recent IG post, we do buy that they’re on good terms.

Though he admitted to having some regrets about how he handled the situation, the fitness trainer had only glowing things to say about his experience with the franchise.

"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 [sic]," he captioned a pensive IG post on Thursday.

#tbt to the most incredible journey of this life time that has now officially come to an end today. As I sit here writing this, I struggle to hold back the tears as I am overcome with emotion one last time. First and foremost.. Rachel, there are so very many things that I've wished I could say to you since the day we parted ways in Spain, but for everyone's sake, I'll keep it short... You gave me a chance and all that I can say is thank you. I have a heart filled with love for you now and always and wish you nothing but the best in your life and love ahead. ABC, you saw something in me, but something held me back. You treated me with such love and kindness and showed me glimpses of a life I never once dreamed that I could have. I will be forever humbled and grateful and will always look back at these last 6 months with an ear to ear smile, knowing that this has truly been a very special life indeed. Upon leaving the @bacheloretteabc I was asked, "what did you learn about yourself during this process?" 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. 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

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He concluded, “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.”

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Meanwhile, the drama might not be over with the Bachelor process.

Showrunner Mike Fleiss tweeted Thursday night, alluding to another announcement on the way.

“We aren't done with the shocking announcements... #TheBachelor,” he wrote.

What could it be?!

The Bachelor Season 22 premieres in early 2018 on ABC.