Peter Weber named new 'Bachelor,' some fans unhappy with next season's pick
When The Bachelor returns for its 24th season in 2020, Peter Weber will be in the ABC franchise's cockpit.
The Delta pilot from Hannah Brown's season of The Bachelorette was announced as the franchise's next leading man on Tuesday during the Bachelor in Paradise season six finale. When he made his debut, the live studio audience went wild for the fan-favorite — who is best known for having sex four times in a windmill during Fantasy Suites week with Brown (among other endearing traits).
Weber's announcement did not come as a total surprise. As The Hollywood Reporter reported, the 28-year-old half-Cuban contestant was the top front-runner for the gig ever since fellow fan-favorite Tyler Cameron took himself out of the running by dating supermodel Gigi Hadid. Though Mike Johnson, also a standout from Brown's season, was considered, the network ultimately chose Weber over what would have been the franchise's first black male lead.
During his first interview as Bachelor with franchise host Chris Harrison, Weber said he is confident the process can work for him after finding closure over his break-up with Brown. "I have all the faith in the world this can work for me — and I know it's going to," he said. "My entire life I have truly looked forward to finding my girl and that person that I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with."