Why Isn't Peter Kraus The Next Bachelor? ABC Exec Tells All On The Casting Shocker

BuzzFoto Celebrity Sightings In New York Ð  August 09, 2017
Source: Getty

Sep. 13 2017, Updated 2:24 p.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to Email

Peter who? ABC executives are standing firm in their decision to cast Arie Luyendyk Jr., who starred on the eighth season of The Bachelorette, as the new Bachelor, despite fan criticism. As OK! readers’ know, Bachelor Nation was not too happy with the network's decision to cast Arie (fans slammed ABC on Twitter for their “out of left field” decision) over Peter Kraus, who was the runner-up on the most recent Bachelorette season starring Rachel Lindsay. However, those closest to show say no former Bachelorette star “was as ready to be The Bachelor as Arie is."

Article continues below advertisement
GettyImages 843749984
Source: Getty

"The timing seems right," Robert Mills, ABC's Senior Vice President of Alternative Series, Specials & Late-Night Programming, told Entertainment Tonight. “Arie is in the right place in his life to find somebody. He really has a life to go back to. He wants kids…He's in that place.”

GettyImages 523928082
Source: Getty

"He's also incredibly sincere,” he added. “He's dated a lot of women since Emily Maynard, but he says he's never been in love since Emily, and that's a really interesting story to try to bring to completion this season on The Bachelor."

Article continues below advertisement
GettyImages 843750016
Source: Getty

Arie’s appointment as the next Bachelor came as a shocker to many fans of the show, as the realtor starred on The Bachelorette a whole FIVE years ago. Not only that, but much of Bachelor Nation assumed that season 13’s fan-favorite Peter Kraus would be crowned as the show’s lead. However, Robert told ET that the deciding factor between the Arie and Peter was simple – Peter wasn't ready for the job.

GettyImages 829382560
Source: Getty
The Bachelor

“Peter was absolutely in discussion. He sort of alluded to that as well. I think at this point in his life, the breakup with Rachel was still very raw. Sometimes you move on very quickly, sometimes you don't. I think that, for him, there were still residual feelings there, and it was a very real breakup,” he explained. “I think the finale, when that aired and everything after that was also hard on Peter. I think he just didn't know. 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.”

Article continues below advertisement
GettyImages 828439784
Source: Getty

While ABC execs didn’t think Peter was the right guy for this season of The Bachelor, Robert said fans could see him cast in a later season, just like Arie.

GettyImages 829382636
Source: Getty

“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. It’s all about timing.”

GettyImages 843750224
Source: Getty

Do you think Arie will make a good Bachelor? Sound off in the comments!


Want OK! each day? Sign up here!

Opt-out of personalized ads

© Copyright 2023 OK!. A DIVISION OF EMPIRE MEDIA GROUP HOLDINGS LLC. OK! is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services. Offers may be subject to change without notice.