'The Bachelor's Kelley Flanagan: Producers didn't let me see Peter Weber, they locked me in a closet for three hours!
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/07/2020
The Bachelor bachelorette Kelley Flanagan says the show's producers manipulated Peter Weber while filming Season 24 and kept her away from him -- to the point where she alleges producers locked her in a closet for several hours!
Kelley, 27, therefore made a surprise appearance during Peter's solo interview with Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti on the Tuesday episode of their Almost Famous In Depth podcast.
"I saw [Peter] has such a good heart and was being manipulated every which way. It just kind of pissed me off," Kelley claimed to Ben and Ashley.
"I wasn't the best contestant for the show, and I think everyone knows that. On the show, I could see him being manipulated, and I was just like, 'Can you stop? Make your own decision. Stop.'"
Kelley apparently believes producers talked Peter out of his feelings or desire to be with her, or at least planted seeds of doubt.
"As far as our relationship [went] on the show, the first couple of weeks I saw him look at me differently compared to when we got on our one-on-one, and I could tell a hundred percent that, like, producers were in his head," Kelley explained.
"Because on the one-on-one, nothing happened between us, but he had this, like, demeanor toward me that was so pissed off. And I was looking at him, like, 'What the hell were you told?' because nothing happened here for you to have this attitude."
"And so right then and there, I knew something was going on behind the scenes, and I was like, 'This is bullsâ€“t,'" Kelley noted.
Kelley explained quite a bit happened during her one-on-one date with Peter that wasn't shown on television.
"I just called it out. I was like, 'Can I just speak freely?' And [Peter] was like, 'Go ahead.' And I was like, 'Peter, they don't let me see you. They locked me up in a closet for three hours last week, and they won't let me see you,'" Kelley alleged.
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"I said, 'You clearly know they push some people forward and they don't push others forward.' I was like, 'You've been in my position before. What do you want me to do?'"
The confident and outspoken attorney continued, "It's just I saw him, like, things were getting in his head that he wasn't able to make his own decision and it just kind of pissed me off."
"Are we dating? No. Do I love spending time with her? Absolutely. We're not dating. Could I see that in the future? I'm always transparent -- yeah, of course," Peter told Nick.
"I could definitely see that in the future. I'd be extremely lucky and very happy if that happened... I think the world of her."
During The Bachelor's live finale on March 10, Kelley, who was sitting in the audience, watched an indecisive Peter break off his engagement to Hannah Ann and then reconcile with his supposed true love, Madison Prewett, whom he officially split from on March 12, just two short days after the finale aired.
"Of anyone, I'm the last person that needs to rush into any kind of relationship. I just had an engagement that didn't work out. I just was trying to pursue things with another woman that didn't work out," Peter admitted on The Viall Files.
"That's why, right now, I'm just taking it really, really slow."
Kelley and Nick posted a photo with each other from a party Chris Harrison hosted in Los Angeles in March on Instagram and Chris commented on the picture that the pair looked "so cozy" together at the event.
Nick, however, subsequently insisted there's nothing going on between them and he was well aware posting the photo would cause a stir.