"I made the joke before going on [The Bachelorette] with my buddies that I'm going to get second and become the Bachelor," Tyler, 28, said on the August 13 episode of BroBible's "Endless Hustle" podcast, according toUs Weekly.
"It happened. I got second and I got offered it, but I was like, 'Nah, this isn't my world.'"
Tyler, however, said he almost came close to saying "yes" to being The Bachelor star for Season 24 in 2020.
"I had some stuff going on at home. My dad was kind of sick again, and that was kind of pushing me towards doing it, honestly," the Florida native reportedly explained.
"Because I needed money in case something happened to him."
But Tyler admitted his "heart was not in it" and so he followed his gut and embarked on a different path rather than dating on reality TV for a second time.
"I wanted to see what the world has to offer me. I took a gamble on myself and took my own way. It's worked out I think," Tyler said, according to Us.
The Barkitecture host and former general contractor, however, apparently doesn't take his time on The Bachelorette's fifteenth season in 2019 for granted.
"It's life-changing. I'm very thankful and grateful," Tyler reportedly shared, adding that his fans have treated him well over the last two years.
"It is a testament to the fanbase. If you're good to them, they're good to you. They'll hold you accountable too. As long as you're good to them they'll be good to you. A lot of great things will happen."
Tyler's claim he rejected the opportunity to star on The Bachelor conflicts with comments the franchise's former host Chris Harrison had made after Hannah's The Bachelorette season wrapped on television in August 2019.
By that point, Tyler had spent one night with Hannah at her place in Los Angeles, CA, in July 2019 after her engagement to The Bachelorette winner, country singer Jed Wyatt, ended.
Tyler then enjoyed two dates in New York City with supermodel Gigi Hadid, the first of which ended with Tyler going back to Gigi's Manhattan apartment.
While Chris praised Tyler for living up the single life after getting his heart broken, he told Entertainment Tonight that Tyler's post-show dating behavior may impact his chances of becoming the The Bachelor star for 2020.
Chris said at the time that Tyler's activities "would definitely weigh into conversation" for ABC and The Bachelor producers about which guy should serve as the leading man.
"[This is] why we're waiting [to announce the Bachelor]. Let's see how these guys react. Let's see who really is sincere at the end of the day, because we do have a couple of months before we have to start production and really get into this, so we have time," Chris told ET.
"If Tyler is bouncing around from girl to girl and loving the life and enjoying the limelight -- which, by the way, good on him. That's fine."
Chris added, "If that's what you want to do right now, I don't blame him. He's probably enjoying life really, really well -- but that's not someone we're going to want to have as our Bachelor or Bachelorette."
Chris said it's all about "sincerity" at the end of the day and whether a man is truly ready to find love and potentially get engaged.
"It's about where you are in your life," Chris explained. "And if that's where he is in his life, then he's not the guy for us."
ABC proceeded to choose Hannah's third-place finisher Peter Weber as The Bachelor star for Season 24, and Tyler went on to casually date more models.
Tyler didn't enter a serious relationship until he became romantically involved with model Camila Kendra in January 2021. He and the 26-year-old beauty dated for eight months and Tyler told her that he was "very in love" with her.
But the pair insisted in October they had never kissed or hooked up, and Tyler ultimately determined he and Hannah should remain friends because he was in a vulnerable place following his mother Andrea's tragic and unexpected death.