The drama has already started on "The Bachelor" 2018, and the guy hasn't even been chosen yet. The field is dwindling, especially after "The Bachelorette" runner-up Peter Kraus is apparently out of the running. (You may be the new frontrunner, Wells Adams!)
"Bachelor" producer Mike Fleiss tweeted some shade that definitely sounded like it was directed at Peter, who did not want to propose to Rachel Lindsay in the "Bachelorette" Season 13 finale, because he only wanted to propose once in his life and after two months he wasn't ready to commit to marriage. To fans, it was a pretty reasonable approach, and it wasn't like he was suggesting they break up, he was suggesting they just pick each other and date in the real world for a while, then maybe get engaged.
That upset Rachel, and apparently upset the producers.
Here's what Fleiss tweeted:
Do we really want a Bachelor who isn't ready to settle down with a woman he loves? Hmmm. Not what #thebachelor is all about...— Mike Fleiss (@fleissmeister) August 17, 2017
That was followed by more smack-talk -- from an anonymous "insider," of course -- to People magazine, basically emphasizing that the producers want a proposal and since Peter didn't seem ready to play along, he was their new villain:
"Peter is every Bachelor producer's worst nightmare: the perfect guy who cannot be coerced into proposing at the end. The fact that no one could talk Peter into buckling under and just giving her the ring — and that he wouldn't play along — absolutely enraged the higher-ups at the show. Including Fleiss, definitely. He is totally on their s— list forever, and there is no way they will reward him with a shot at The Bachelor. No way.
Even if they weren't so mad, his unwillingness to play by the rules of the game has them afraid he'd be another Brad Womack or, worse, Juan Pablo [Galavis]. Not gonna happen."
They're acting like no "Bachelor" season has ever ended without a proposal. That was the norm in early seasons, with the Bachelor often picking someone (unlike Brad), just not getting engaged. The fans didn't riot. And fans mostly embraced Peter and his stand against whirlwind proposals. Besides, Brad Womack is the only Bachelor to be The Bachelor twice, so it's too late for the producers to worry about someone being another Brad. Brad was already another Brad.
If the pieces don't seem to fit, it may not be coincidence.
According to spoiler king Reality Steve, the producers did ask Peter to be the Bachelor, and he was the one to turn them down:
This is what's called "spinning the narrative" https://t.co/JRsuBTk8uc— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) August 17, 2017
(1/2) This is what I'm hearing: They absolutely want Peter as the "Bachelor." Hearing he told them no. Now they're leaking stuff to People— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) August 17, 2017
(2/2)...pretending they never wanted him in first place. BS. They want him, he said no apparently, & now they turn the narrative around— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) August 17, 2017
Peter turned them down? Even though it was his high school dream to be The Bachelor?
If so, now what? Considering everything with Dean Unglert on "Bachelor in Paradise," he seems out. There were rumors that BiP bartender/forbidden fruit Wells Adams did not want to be The Bachelor, but he seemed to leave the door open in a talk with Entertainment Tonight:
"No one's talked to me about it. It's something I wouldn't take lightly and I'd have to speak to my family about. I have a big family, four siblings, nieces and nephews. Your family has to be a part of that world. I'd want their blessing before I would consider it."
So is this now Well's job to lose?
"Bachelor in Paradise" Season 4 is now airing Mondays on ABC. "The Bachelor" Season 22 will be named after BiP ends, with filming most likely to start in September for its January 2018 premiere.
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