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Near-‘Bachelor’ Shares Stunning Details, Reveals If He’d Still Consider The Gig

This week, it was officially confirmed that Zach Shallcross is starring in Season 27 for “The Bachelor.” Prior to the announcement, fans were buzzing about possible choices for the gig, and several suggestions from men from previous seasons emerged. This week, one of those popular picks joined Kaitlyn Bristowe on her “Off the Vine” podcast to reveal just how close he was to “The Bachelor” a few years ago. Moreover, he admitted that he would consider it if the opportunity arose again.

Here’s what you need to know:

During his conversation with Bristowe on “Off the Vine”, Peter Kraus opened up about his experience with the franchise. It has become widely known that he almost became “The Bachelor” after taking second place in Rachel Lindsay’s “The Bachelorette”. Now, though, he’s sharing some stunning details about how close he was to handing out roses. Kraus told Bristowe that when asked if he was “The Bachelor”, his “answer for a long time was no, for many reasons.” He admitted that his fear of the negative attention he might receive was a major reason, but he still spoke extensively with producers about it.

Kraus revealed, “Eventually we got to a point in talks with the producers where I said yes and was willing to do it.” In fact, it got to the point where the producers were ready to make an official announcement that he would be “The Bachelor”. Kraus said he was backstage in a locker room at the “Bachelor in Paradise” live finale episode, preparing to be introduced as the next “Bachelor” lead.

Bristowe was stunned to learn that Kraus had been as close to announcing as the next “Bachelor” lead. Kraus recalled working with the franchise’s stylist Cary Feltman while his suit was being prepared for him to wear onstage. While he was waiting, a producer came up to him and told him, “Something has come up, let’s put this on hold for a day or two, and we’ll announce you in a different way.”

When Kraus returned to his hotel that evening, he remembered talking to someone and admitted that he didn’t really want to be “the bachelor.” At the time, he said, “This scares me, I don’t want to do this. But I think I’d be stupid not to, so I’m in.” Producers told him to go home and “sit on it, think about it”, and he did for a few days. About a week later, he received a text from the producers revealing that they were going in a different direction. That message apparently came just before ABC’s Arie Luyendyk, Jr. billed as “The Bachelor” on “Good Morning America”.

Bristowe asked Kraus what he would say if the chance to be “The Bachelor” was offered again. He admitted that he was “very ignorant” before doing “The Bachelorette”, noting that he’s in a much better headspace now. Looking back over the past five years, Kraus noted that he didn’t believe he would have been emotionally ready to handle everything that would come with taking on the lead role. However, he is now “in a better place” and if asked, “I would talk about it.”

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