‘Bachelor’ Creator Mike Fleiss Teases the Next ‘Bachelor’ — and It Probably Isn’t Peter Kraus!

Say it isn’t so! Bachelor franchise creator Mike Fleiss may have just revealed which Bachelor Nation fan-favorite won’t become the next Bachelor.

“Do we really want a Bachelor who isn’t ready to settle down with a woman he loves?” the showrunner, 53, tweeted on Thursday, August 17. “Hmmm. Not what #thebachelor is all about…”

Many fans believe that the ABC dating series’ founder is hinting that Peter Kraus, the runner-up from Rachel Lindsay’s Bachelorette season, isn’t cut out to be the next bearer of red roses. As Bachelor Nation recalls, the personal trainer, 31, and the Dallas-based attorney, 32, broke up the night before he was meant to propose. Although the Wisconsin native wanted to stay with Lindsay and continue dating her after the season finale, Lindsay was set on leaving the show engaged — and the day after splitting with Kraus, she accepted a proposal from Bryan Abasolo.

Rachel Lindsay and Peter
Rachel Lindsay and Peter George Burns/ABC via Getty Images

The franchise’s fans immediately defended Kraus after Fleiss seemingly questioned his ability to commit to the show’s process.

However, the business owner himself isn’t quite sure if he’s ready to be the next leading man. “I’d have to think about it a lot,” he told Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan last week.

Peter Kraus seen at Good Morning America promoting 'The Bachelorette' in New York City.
Peter Kraus seen at Good Morning America promoting ‘The Bachelorette’ in New York City. BACKGRID

When Strahan asked Lindsay which one of her season’s competitors she would select as the next Bachelor, she landed on Alex Bordyukov. Dean Unglert, who placed fourth on Lindsay’s season, recently weighed in on his ex’s choice.

“I mean, obviously she was close with Alex but I don’t think the emotions were quite as strong with him as they were with the last two guys she had,” the startup recruiter, 26, told Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti on their podcast, Almost Famous, adding that Lindsay “isn’t ready to see [Kraus] thrust back into the spotlight like that. Obviously we have no idea what’s going on through Rachel’s head, but it makes sense from a viewer’s perspective.”

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