Peter Weber explains why he backed down

Bachelor in Paradise is back in Mexico for Season 8. The fan-favorite Bachelor spin-off series is known for its second chances at love in the Bachelor universe, but Season 24’s Bachelor Peter Weber won’t be present – even though he claims he had his eye on one of the women who will be there.

Here’s why Weber said he wouldn’t be packing for another chance at romance, and what fans had to say about it.

Peter Weber Says He and ABC Can’t Agree on ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Deal

Weber’s appearance on Bachelor in Paradise was anything but a done deal until the paperwork got involved, according to We Weekly. He was granted leave from his day job as a United driver and had a month to film.

According to Weber, Bachelor in Paradise was perhaps the last Bachelor Nation platform to try to find his soulmate. “I’ve always looked at this as the one place that I haven’t really checked out or tried yet,” he told the publication.

The former bachelor confirmed that the rumors of his presence on the set have almost come true. “Actually, I was going to do Bachelor in Paradise. I was going to,” Weber said. “We just couldn’t agree on a contract at the end of the day, that’s what it came down to.”

Pilot Pete admits he has his eye on one of the competitors

The Bachelor’s Peter Weber | Aaron Poole/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Although he hasn’t shown his full hand, Weber also told Us Weekly that he’s mostly interested in joining the cast for season 8 of Bachelor in Paradise because he is intrigued by another cast member.

“There was someone. I’m not going to reveal those names, but there was someone there,” he said. “That was the only reason I was really curious [about] go down there. Although Weber didn’t give much more detail, he did hint that it was a contender for Clayton Echard’s season of The single person.

Weber proposed at the end of his season to Hannah Ann Sluss, but the couple broke up when he admitted to still having feelings for runner-up Madison Prewett. This fell through, followed by an on-and-off relationship with another previous contestant in his season, Kelley Flannagan. The two officially broke up for good in February 2021.

Although the details of the contract must have outweighed the potential for a new romantic connection, Weber said he wasn’t holding it against the network. “I was thinking maybe [I could] try it again. But [ABC and I] ended up not being able to agree on anything and hang out there. I feel like everything happens for a reason, so it’s all good.

We can’t know for sure who Weber had his eyes on, but a Bachelor the detective went through all of Weber’s contacts on instagram and say The Adventures of Pilot Pete The author follows only two competitors of the Echard season: Genevieve Parisi and Salley Carson.

Bachelor Nation fans were viciously sarcastic about Weber not joining the cast

When the Bachelor Tea Spill Instagram account reported that Weber would not be in the Bachelor in Paradise cast, fans had a lot to say. Although a few fans said they wished Weber had joined the show, several were happy to hear he wouldn’t be part of the cast. Nor did they hold back their criticisms of Bachelor alum.

“Probably wanted millions of dollars to do the show when it only deserves $10,” one follower commented with the laughing emoji. “He owes me the time I lost watching his season.”

“He wanted to bring his mom and ABC didn’t agree,” wrote another.

“I’ve had enough of Pilot Pete…he just isn’t all that!” He must stick to his daily work! one person wrote. Another joined the ranks, calling Weber back to the terminal: “Good – United are short on staff.”

For now, it looks like Weber will have time to log a few cockpit hours. Although his instagram focuses a lot more on the press events he can attend, he still occasionally posts about his travels, proving that fans might still catch him piloting a flight once in a while.

Bachelor in Paradise returns for Season 8 on Tuesday, September 27 on ABC.

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