Bachelor Nation fans fell head over heels for Peter Kraus on Rachel Lindsay’s season of The Bachelorette. The runner-up received a golden edit and was on everyone’s shortlist for the next bachelor. Now it’s been about three years and Kraus never fell into the role. But does this necessarily mean the 35-year-old won’t return to the franchise? Recently, Kraus revealed he doesn’t want to be on Bachelor in Paradise. However, he hasn’t closed the door on Bachelor Nation just yet.
Peter Kraus reveals why he won’t be on ‘Bachelor in Paradise’
On April 23, Kraus hopped on Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti’s Almost Famous podcast. The business owner from Madison, Wisconsin shared he turned down The Bachelor three times for numerous reasons.
Kraus revealed he was seeing someone during negotiations and wasn’t sure whether he wanted to end the relationship. He also wasn’t confident he could come out of the season engaged. Meanwhile, the show’s producers offered Kraus less money than he made in real life.
Now Kraus has spent some time away from Bachelor Nation. And within the past three years, he hasn’t shown up in a single spinoff. But would Kraus ever consider returning for Bachelor in Paradise? Looks like the franchise’s recent casting choices have turned the 35-year-old off for the time being.
“I won’t do Bachelor in Paradise, personally, especially knowing that the group of girls that were just on the show were all really young,” Kraus said. “I’d like to date 30 and above if possible.”
Kraus later added: “Yeah, I don’t think Bachelor in Paradise is my thing. Nothing against it. I just don’t see myself being successful there.”
Peter Kraus says he was uninvited from ‘Bachelor Winter Games’
Just because Kraus said no to Bachelor in Paradise doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t come back for a different spinoff. Still speaking on the Almost Famous podcast, The Bachelorette alum was asked whether he wouldn’t do another Bachelor show again.
“I can’t say that,” Kraus replied.
Meanwhile, Kraus’ past actions show he’s open to the franchise. Back in 2018, the reality star was set to appear on Bachelor Winter Games. However, he was suddenly uninvited.
“I actually said yes to [Bachelor Winter Games],” Kraus told Higgins and Iaconetti, who both appeared on the show. “I think it was just a couple days before we were supposed to leave. They texted me, ‘Change of plans. You’re not invited anymore.’ So that was the end of that. And I looked at my text like, ‘Well, sh*t. I don’t know what I did. But OK.’”
Even to this day, Kraus doesn’t know why he was uninvited. But he has his theories.
“My personal opinion was that Arie [Luyendyk Jr.] was the bachelor at the time,” Kraus said. “And because I was the guy that was being talked about as another opportunity to be bachelor … maybe they just didn’t want the conversation to even be had. They just wanted to nip it in the butt and get it over with.”
He continued: “That was just my personal opinion. I have no clue. Maybe I pissed someone off in some way. Or maybe they heard something. But I have no clue.”
Then Kraus admitted he was glad he didn’t go on Winter Games because he “doesn’t do well in the snow.” But regardless, The Bachelorette alum is still grateful for The Bachelor franchise and the doors opened because of it.
“I am eternally grateful for the opportunity and for Rachel keeping my around for as long as she did,” Kraus said. “It was a life-changing experience.”