Peter Kraus already broke his silence in an emotional Instagram post after Arie Luyendyk was officially announced as the next Bachelor star but he didn't exactly reveal why he lost the opportunity to hand out roses in season 22. Now ABC reality programming executive Robert Mills explains why the Bachelorette season 13 runner-up wasn't ready to be the reality dating series' next leading man.
"Peter was absolutely in discussion. He sort of alluded to that as well. I think at this point in his life, the breakup with [Rachel Lindsay] was still very raw," Mills told Entertainment Tonight
"Sometimes you move on very quickly, sometimes you don't. I think that, for him, there were still residual feelings there, and it was a very real breakup," he added. "They all are, but this was tough."
Kraus and Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay parted ways in the season 13 finale when he realized that he wasn't ready to propose. Lindsay, who refused to end her Bachelorette journey without a ring on her finger, ultimately picked Bryan Abasolo.
"I think the finale, when that aired and everything after that was also hard on Peter. I think he just didn't know. I think Peter probably would have done it and been an amazing Bachelor, but I also don't know if he, himself, knew if this was the time when he was ready to really do this 100 percent," Mills explained.
"I think we'll always be in touch with Peter, and there might be a time... It might be a year from now, when it's better for him. It was all about timing," he said. "If Arie wasn't ready, we would have looked at him, but we want it to feel right."
Speaking of Luyendyk, Mills says the Bachelorette season eight runner-up is in the right place in his life to find love.
"The timing seems right," Mills said of the new Bachelor star. "He's incredibly sincere. He's dated a lot of women since Emily [Maynard], but he says he's never been in love since Emily, and that's a really interesting story to try to bring to completion this season on The Bachelor."
"He was the pick because we met with him, like we do every season, we met with several guys, and it's really about timing," he continued. "I mean, I could make a case for almost every guy we meet with, and some years it's right, some years it's not. Arie is somebody we actually talked to all the way back, you know, when he was the runner-up on Emily's season. And, you know, I don't think the right time was then. This year, we met with Arie, and he's really built a life for himself in Arizona. He still does the race car driving thing, but he's also built a very big business in real estate. He has a life now to share with somebody, and the timing seems right."
The Bachelor in Paradise season 4 finale airs Monday, September 11 at 8/7c on ABC.
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