Peter Weber reveals why he didn't end up going on 'Bachelor in Paradise' this summer
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/24/2022
The Bachelor alum Peter Weber has revealed why he decided not to appear on Bachelor in Paradise's eighth season this year when he had apparently been very close to signing on.
"I was actually going to do Bachelor in Paradise. I was going to do it. We just couldn't agree on a contract at the end of the day is what it came down to," Peter, 30, toldUs Weekly of his contract with ABC.
Peter revealed that "the deal was almost done" before he chose to pass on ABC's offer, which he appeared to suggest fell short of paying him what he was seeking to appear on the Bachelor in Paradiseseason.
"I had gotten the days off. I had this month off to go out there and I was going to give it a shot. I honestly was," the commercial pilot insisted.
"I always kept looking at that as like the one [dating] venue I hadn't like really checked off yet or tried."
Peter failed to find lasting love on Hannah Brown's The Bachelorette season in 2019 as well as his own The Bachelor edition, Season 24 which aired in 2020.
But that wasn't going to stop him from searching for love on television one more time.
"I thought maybe [I could] give it one more try. But [ABC and I] ended up not being able to agree on anything and get out there. I feel everything happens for a reason, so it's all good," Peter said.
Peter admitted he had his eye on one woman in particular, although he declined to disclose her identity.
"There was someone. I'm not going to spill those names, but there was someone down there. That was the only reason that I was actually curious [about] going down there," Peter shared, before hinting that a bachelorette from Clayton Echard's season of The Bachelor had caught his attention.
While Peter seems excited to jump back into the dating pool, he said "there was a long period" of time -- that "kind of sucked" -- when he didn't feel ready for a relationship following his February 2021 split from The Bachelor alum Kelley Flanagan.
"I was in a weird mindset [after everything that had] gone on with me transpired," Peter confessed.
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"I didn't want to put myself in that limelight that kind of naturally comes from being part of the franchise right now. I feel so good where I'm at [now]. I don't care if people talk. I really don't, [because] I'm going to do me."
"I think, for me, I would have had a better chance of a successful relationship in that kind of environment where you just get to focus on one person, not 30 -- with all the distractions that come with that. So that was the only reason my interest was kind of piqued," Peter told Us in October 2021.
But he acknowledged the experience probably would've been "a little weird" and "crazy" at the same time.
Peter placed third on Hannah's The Bachelorette season before starring as the Bachelor in 2020.
Peter and Kelley briefly met at a wedding venue before The Bachelor's 24th season began airing, so they wondered if their relationship was destined, but Kelley ended up placing fifth on Peter's season because she had trouble opening up and being herself on-camera.
Peter proposed marriage to model Hannah Ann Sluss during his The Bachelor finale, but he broke up with her while his season was airing in January 2020.
The former couple's relationship apparently ended "really badly," according to Kelley, who said during a May 2021 appearance on the "Chicks in the Office" podcast that she had told Peter to "get out of my life and lose my number" when they split.
Kelley also insisted she'd "just run" from the children's book author -- whom she claimed has childlike-hobbies such as collecting Pokemon cards and playing video games -- if she ever bumped into him in the streets of New York.
Things turned nasty when Peter addressed Kelley's biting remarks during a May 2021 episode of his "Bachelors in the City" podcast, telling his listeners that Kelley seemed to be riding the fame wave and trying to push headlines with her "calculated and disingenuous" statements.