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New ‘Bachelor’ star is Peter Weber

Hannah Yasharoff

USA TODAY

Published 7:10 AM EDT Sep 18, 2019

Get ready for the endless jokes about relationships soaring to new heights.

Peter Weber, the fan-favorite, second runner-up and Delta Airlines pilot from Hannah Brown’s season of “The Bachelorette” will star on the upcoming season of “The Bachelor,” ABC revealed Tuesday night on the finale of “Bachelor in Paradise.”

“It’s still hitting me right now. I feel so grateful right now to have this opportunity in front of me,” Weber told franchise host Chris Harrison at the show’s reunion taping. “I feel emotional right now. This is crazy. This is life-changing. … I have all the faith in the world that this can work for me and I know it’s going to.” 

Weber, 28, was eliminated from the final three on “The Bachelorette” after their much-discussed windmill fantasy suite date in Greece. He later opened up about feeling “completely blindsided” by the breakup, but says now that he remains hopeful about his ability to find love.  

“I have truly, my entire life, looked forward to finding my girl and that person that I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with,” he added. “I had the most amazing example with my parents growing up and I feel like the luckiest kid ever. I saw so much love in my household and just 30-something odd years later now they’re still that in love with each other.”

Though Weber was well-liked this season, his announcement was met with mixed reactions from fans, who were heavily pulling for fellow “Bachelorette” alum Mike Johnson to become the franchise’s first black Bachelor. But Harrison still tried to paint Weber as an out-of-the box candidate for the role.

“You’re different from any other Bachelor we’ve ever had,” Harrison told the Westlake Village, California, native. “We’ve never had somebody who lives about five minutes from the Bachelor mansion. You literally grew up in the shadows of that mansion.” 

What did Weber take away from being a contestant on Brown’s season? “A ton,” he said.

“I think what I respected most about her from night one until the very end when I said goodbye to her, she was 100% unapologetically herself and I love that,” Weber said. “And that’s something that I definitely want to carry forward.”

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