Peter Kraus came in second place on Rachel Lindsay‘s season of The Bachelorette and everyone expected him to become the next star of The Bachelor, but he never did.
The 35-year-old reality star is opening up about why he turned down the show and he says he was offered the position three times!
“I tried to go back to normal life and it didn’t work,” Peter said on the new episode of The Ben and Ashley I Almost Famous podcast. “They asked me to be the Bachelor and I said no. Straight up no. A couple of weeks later, they called again and made it a little more formal, and I still said no. Then we were out in New York for Good Morning America … and they asked me there, and again I said no.”
Peter says he wasn’t able to commit to proposing to someone in that short time span. You might remember that his relationship with Rachel ended after he expressed the same thing.
“It was really hard for me and I couldn’t say I would for sure be able to get an engagement at the end,” he said (via Us Weekly). “It wasn’t that I knew for a fact that I didn’t want to, it was more that I couldn’t promise them that I would. I didn’t want to be forced to do it if I said yes to the show.”
Peter says that he wanted things on the show to change if he were to be the new Bachelor.
“I wanted to be able to spend more time with people individually. I wanted to be able to go into the house and see people in their natural habitat,” he said. “I wanted relationship counseling for myself and the top four or five girls during the process so that we could work things out on a deep level.”
Unlike most popular stars of the franchise, he never made a return appearance in Bachelor Nation.