Chris Harrison fired back at Peter Kraus. The reality star revealed the real reason why he turned down The Bachelor. He claimed that the ABC dating series didn’t provide couples with relationship counseling. Peter wanted to do the show as long as counseling was available. But he claims they refused his request.
Chris Harrison says Peter’s story is not true. He revealed that relationship counseling is available for all the couples on the franchise. Peter was initially in the running for the lead of Bachelor after appearing on Rachel Lindsay’s 2017 season of The Bachelorette. But Arie Luyendyk Jr. ended up with that coveted role.
ABC host fires back at Peter Kraus’s claims
Chris Harrison sat down for an exclusive interview with ET’s Lauren Zima, in which he spoke about everything involved with the Bachelor franchise. He shut down Peter’s claims that relationship counseling was not available on the show. It all started when Peter appeared on Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti’s “Almost Famous” podcast.
He revealed that he requested “relationship counseling for myself and the top four or five girls during the process so we could work things out on a deep level.”
But that’s not all. Peter said that he wanted ongoing support for himself and his final pick after filming ended. Chris said that Peter was wrong. Relationship counseling is available for all of the Bachelor couples, regardless of what show they’re on.
“Well, they do get that,” Chris revealed to Lauren Zima. “Everybody has access to that.”
Chris did remark that Peter may have not been able to make such requests due to contract negotiations with the network.
“It is normal for us to have multiple candidates coming in,” Chris continued. “First of all, we have to find who is available and who is really sincere, and we bring them in for interviews. There is a vetting process that goes all the way up to the top of the network, so there is a lot that goes into it, instead of ‘Hey, Peter, you want to be the Bachelor? Great, come on!'”
Chris doesn’t want to create any drama behind Peter’s claims. After all, Peter is not the first one to turn down the role. Chris has spoken to many Bachelor Nation alums who turn down the roles of Bachelor and Bachelorette. He claims there are no harsh feelings with them or Peter.
Chris Harrison teases that Peter Kraus could return in some form
While Peter has no interest in becoming the Bachelor, fans may see him return to their television screens sometime soon. Chris talked about the upcoming series, The Bachelor: The Most Unforgettable – Ever!, which is a look back at some of the best moments in the franchise’s history. Some of those moments will include Rachel’s historic season.
ABC had to find a way to get creative during the quarantine. Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette is postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Chris exclaimed that he and Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss have brainstormed new ideas for possible shows. They listened to the fans who want to revisit old season of The Bachelor. He hopes that this new series will “make it fun and interesting and very different.”
The Bachelor: The Most Unforgettable – Ever! premieres on Monday, June 8 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Meanwhile, The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart airs in the same time slot.
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