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Peter Weber had simple advice for Matt James ahead of his 2021 “Bachelor” finale: You can’t please everyone.
Weber — who was the show’s leading man in 2020 — recently told Page Six he gave James some words of wisdom before his on-air adventure began.
“The main advice I told him was — I learned it, you know, trial by fire — that you’re not going to make everybody happy,” Weber, 29, said. “Me, being a people-pleaser, and that’s just kind of in my nature, I’ve definitely grown from that and learned from it.”
He also told James to follow his heart.
“Going into it, just understand that there are millions of people, right, that are part of Bachelor Nation that watch and are going to have different opinions,” Weber continued. “You’re not going to make everyone happy, and as long as you follow your heart and treat everyone with the respect that they deserve, that’s all you can do and it’s OK if you’re going to have people disagree with you.”
Meanwhile, this season of the hit ABC show has been marred with controversy after contestant Rachael Kirkconnell was accused of past racist behavior and “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison stepped away from the series after he spoke “in a manner that perpetuates racism” during an interview with Rachel Lindsay, the show’s first black “Bachelorette.”
The network recently announced that Emmanuel Acho will be stepping into Harrison’s hosting role on Monday evening for “The Bachelor: After the Final Rose” special.
“I have all the faith that he can be a great host for ‘AFR,’ and hopefully, help bridge a gap between so many hurt feelings right now that are out there,” Weber, who is working with Bulletproof as he continues his wellness journey in New York, told us.
“There are changes that need to be made in regards to just equality, and racial equality, and, obviously, I totally support that,” he said, adding, “Conversations are happening though, which is great, and that’s a step in the right direction.”
On Friday, Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment announced that Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams will co-host the next season of “The Bachelorette.”
“We support Chris in the work that he is committed to doing,” the statement read. “In his absence, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will support the new Bachelorette through next season.”
Over the weekend, Adams said Harrison called and congratulated her.
“The Bachelor” finale airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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