A huge portion of Bachelor Nation was annoyed after Rachel Lindsay gave her final rose to Bryan Abasolo. But the silver lining to this was that Peter Kraus—sweet, amazing, perfect Peter—became an option for the next Bachelor. And fans really wanted this to happen! With his gapped teeth and his wine nights and his realistic love timeline, Kraus is the Bachelor America desperately needs but doesn’t deserve. I’m not kidding when I say #MakePeterTheBachelor became a battle cry just seconds after The Bachelorette ended.
But it looks like this isn’t happening. Mike Fleiss, the creator of The Bachelor (and, ironically, the producer of two Texas Chainsaw Massacre remakes), tweeted a vague but pointed message Thursday (August 17) that seems to suggest Kraus isn’t our next suitor. “Do we really want a Bachelor who isn’t ready to settle down with a woman he loves? Hmmm. Not what #thebachelor is all about,” Fleiss wrote. See it for yourself, below:
Granted, this tweet doesn’t call out Kraus by name or confirm anything directly, but read between the lines. Kraus’ entire storyline this season was that he loved Rachel and was ready for a serious relationship—but he didn’t want to propose. Kraus needed more time, but Lindsay wanted a ring. This ultimately drove the couple apart.
The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are shows that sell a very particular type of fairytale—and that fairytale, typically, ends with an engagement. If Kraus isn’t willing to go there—or at least fake it, let’s be honest—then it probably knocks him out of the running. In this tweet, “settle down” is most likely code for “proposing”—something we know Kraus isn’t keen on doing after just a few weeks. Ergo, The Bachelor (probably) isn’t in his immediate future. Noooo!
People magazine confirmed this even more in its story about Fleiss’s tweet. The magazine spoke to a source who says, yes, Fleiss’s message is “absolutely” aimed at Kraus.
“Peter is every Bachelor producer’s worst nightmare: the perfect guy who cannot be coerced into proposing at the end,” the source told People. “The fact that no one could talk Peter into buckling under and just giving her the ring—and that he wouldn’t play along—absolutely enraged the higher-ups at the show. Including Fleiss, definitely. He is totally on their s— list forever, and there is no way they will reward him with a shot at The Bachelor. No way.”
It should be a crime to use “Peter” and “nightmare” in the same sentence, to be honest.