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Peter Kraus Isn’t Even Thinking About Being the Next Bachelor

Team Peter knew walking into Monday night’s Bachelorette finale that only two outcomes would be acceptable: Either Rachel would give Peter her final rose, or he would become the next Bachelor. Anything less just wouldn’t do. We know now that Rachel is engaged to someone else, so option one is off the table. So is there any chance Peter will be our next Bachelor?

On a press call Tuesday, Peter seemed just about as broken as it gets. It didn’t take long for the question of “to Bachelor or not to Bachelor” came up, and bad news: Peter’s hesitant to dive back into the Bachelor Nation dating pool.

“Consider, sure. As of right now, am I thinking about it? No,” he said. “Last night was really, really tough; this entire process has been really tough on me. And I would just try to stay home with my friends and family, focus on my business. And I know as soon as I get back home, I’m going to just jump right back into it to process all of this and take some time and not get there just yet with that next potential step.”

Though Peter couldn’t bring himself to propose by the end of Rachel’s season, he believes the process could work for him under different circumstances. “I went into this entire process really open-minded and ready for whatever was thrown at me. And I don’t think even with that I was prepared for what was going to happen. And it was an extremely tough, you know, journey, as everybody keeps saying for me.

“And, yes, I don’t know if I can get to that level with someone that fast, but I certainly know I tried and I developed feelings of love for Rachel. And maybe with a couple little differences throughout, I could’ve gotten to that next step in that amount of time allotted, but I just know in this one specific instance, I couldn’t.

“So, I can’t speak on my own future; I never know what that really holds for me and how different situations will change my feelings and my thoughts. But in this one time, it just wasn’t what I was able to do at that point.”

Rachel weighed in on Peter’s Bachelor potential on a separate press call. She also explained what she meant when she told Peter during the live finale that maybe this process wasn’t for him. “Well, when I said it, I wasn’t necessarily thinking about The Bachelor. I was just talking to him. You know, I complimented Peter on the pace that he’s taken in his journey with me. And I think that that’s fine; he was true to himself and he stood by that, I mean, until the very end when he kept going back and forth.”

“But I feel like in this world, in this experience, you have to take a leap of faith, you have to take risks, you have to put yourself out there and he wasn’t willing to do it,” she continued. “And he still seems to stay steadfast to that. So, if that’s the person that he is, that’s great; it just doesn’t work for this and that’s what I was saying in regards to that.”

So who does Rachel think should be the next Bachelor? Alex! An interesting choice that her fiancé Bryan agreed with.

Well, I thought Peter was a lock, but now I don’t know what to think. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see who gets a second chance at reality TV love.  

Erin was previously the Entertainment Editor of Her Campus. She graduated from Belmont University in 2015, where she studied English and Elementary Education. Before joining the team full-time, she was a national contributing blogger, viral content writer and editorial intern at HC. In addition to her work for Her Campus, Erin was formerly an editorial assistant at Nfocus Magazine and has been published by HelloGiggles and Man Repeller. In her free time, you can find Erin falling for yet another TV boyfriend (her long list of ex-lovers includes Nathan Scott, Chuck Bass and Pacey Witter, to name a few), reading chick lit and/or celeb memoirs and hanging with her puppy/soulmate, Cooper.