The Bachelor: Peter Kraus wishes Arie Luyendyk Jr. well — did he expect role?

Peter KrausDid Peter Kraus actually think that he was going to be the new Bachelor, like pretty much everyone else in America did? It certainly seems that way.

With that being said, it looks as though one of the reasons that he ultimately may not have been handed the role had to do with his own interest and commitment to doing the show in the first place. According to People Magazine, he had initially turned down the role before eventually circling back to it once he had a little more time to consider it. Here is what their source had to say on that subject:

“He was questioning everything: doing it, not doing it … It wasn’t about him not falling in love or proposing at the end. He’s a very deep, emotional, thoughtful person who doesn’t do anything rash. It’s a big deal to be the Bachelor, and he didn’t want to let anyone down, from production to the fans of the show.”

Peter thought he was going to get the role until earlier this week, when there were numerous other casting rumors starting to pop up all over the place. Arie Luyendyk Jr. was named the new lead of the show instead, much to the surprise of… well everyone. He’s somewhat of a controversial choice given that recent fans of the show haven’t heard of him, and he’s been off the Bachelor Nation scene for a long time. Based on some of the social-media reaction that we’ve seen, we also do think that there are plenty of questions that Arie may have to answer and also tabloid rumors that are going to be floating around about him.

Here’s one of the stranger things that we’ve seen through all of this — Peter’s statement (via E! News) through his manager Joe Yuasa on the casting of Arie and his future plans:

“Peter is very happy about the way things turned out and is happy for Arie … He thinks ABC made a great choice … Peter is going to focus on his passion, helping people through fitness and wellness. He is very thankful for the opportunity he was given with The Bachelorette. Things are going to be great for Peter Kraus fitness and his boot camps moving forward.”

The thing here is that Peter released a lengthy statement talking about The Bachelorette and everything else on Instagram last night; why not also just release a statement talking about Arie there, as well? We figure that all of this stuff does have to be reasonably overwhelming for him, given that his entire life has been a whirlwind for the better part of the past three months.

Arie’s season of The Bachelor starts filming a little bit later this fall, and is going to premiere on ABC presumably in the new year. We’ll see if there are any other twists and turns that crop up before then, but rest assure that CarterMatt will be here to keep you in the loop.

What’s your take on Peter Kraus’ new thoughts?

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