Derek Peth: Fans Campaign to Make Demi’s Ex the Next Bachelor

If you’ve been watching Bachelor in Paradise in recent weeks, you know the controversial spinoff has delivered some major drama this season.

The most talked-about development, of course, is the arrival of Demi Burnett’s girlfriend, Kristian Haggerty.

Demi and Kristian are the first same-sex couple in Bachelor history, and aside from a handful of homophobic jackasses, viewers have been overwhelmingly supportive.

(Of course, Demi been compared to Jed Wyatt due to the fact that she was not single at the start of filming, and many have questioned whether she deserves a spot on the show. But that’s a conversation for another time.)

Unfortunately, progress usually comes at a cost, and the egg that was broken to make the Demi-Kristian omelet happen was an unlucky suitor named Derek Peth.

Derek and Demi formed a connection right off the bat, but she informed him early on that she’s also dating Kristian and may have a hard time choosing between the two of them

Never one to miss an opportunity for drama, host Chris Harrison had Kristian delivered to Mexico, where she and Demi immediately rekindled their romance.

That made Derek the odd man out, but he handled the breakup with grace and dignity, wishing Demi love and happiness in her new relationship.

Of course, when Chris Harrison closes a door, he opens a window.

And it seems that Derek’s admirable handling of the situation may have presented him with a big new opportunity.

BiP viewers have launched a campaign to have Derek named the next Bachelor:

“@BachelorABC I have found your next bachelor…@PethDerek!” one fan tweeted.

“He’s handsome, sweet, loyal…and been royally screwed on this show multiple times. He deserves a happy ending!! #DerekForBachelor.”

Another staunch Derek supporter added:

“Not to be dramatic…but like if @PethDerek is not the Bachelor I will riot in the streets #BachelorInParadise #DerekforBachelor.”

A third tweeted simply, “@PethDerek for the next #bachelor please and thank you. @BachParadise #BachelorinParadise.” 

Derek has even earned the support of several stars of the franchise:

“Please like and retweet if you agree this GEM should be the next #Bachelor #bachelorinpadadise @PethDerek,” tweeted colleague Chris Randone.

But Derek’s biggest supporter might be former Bachelorette star Wells Adams, who recently got engaged to Sarah Hyland of Modern Family fame.

“My bourbon drinking buddy,” Wells wrote on Instagram.

“My bestie from the TV world and honestly the one of the best guys I’ve ever met. We don’t deserve @pethderek.”

Needless to say, Peth seems like a good guy, and he seems to have a lot of support — but we’re still firmly in the Mike Johnson for Bachelor camp.

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