‘The Bachelor’: Becca Kufrin and Ben Higgins Give Peter Weber Advice and Honestly, He Needs the Push
The drama on Peter Weber’s season of The Bachelor has finally boiled over. After the 28-year-old brought back an eliminated contestant during a group date — subsequently taking time away from other cast members — the women seem like they’re ready to walk out on Pilot Pete. Now, Becca Kufrin and Ben Higgins — the former leads of The Bachelorette and The Bachelor — have some advice for Weber. And quite frankly, Weber could have used their help while filming his season.
Becca Kufrin wants Peter Weber to take charge on ‘The Bachelor’ Season 24
On Jan. 29, BUILD Series spoke with Kufrin and Higgins, who are set to host The Bachelor Live on Stage tour starting Feb. 13. And although the former leads of the ABC reality franchise are ready to kick off their new journey, they have some thoughts on Weber as the current bachelor.
During the interview, Kufrin shared that at this point, Weber “is the babysitter and not the bachelor.”
“No offense to Peter, but it’s not even about Peter. It’s about the girls,” Kufrin said. She then compared Weber’s situation on The Bachelor to a dodgeball game. “He’s just, like, in the middle of this gym, and all of the girls are throwing balls and you don’t know who’s gonna throw the ball or where it’s coming from. It’s coming at all angles right now.”
Of course, Kufrin is still rooting for Weber to succeed and find his true love. However, the former bachelorette also believes the pilot needs to step up his game and take charge.
“I’ve said it before — and I love Pete and I really wish him the best — but he’s just condoning this bad behavior,” Kufrin said. “He needs to put it foot down and stand by his decisions. So yes, I get the girls’ anger. But again, you know, girls will slowly dwindle and hopefully get a little easier in that regard.”
But Kufrin had one final piece of advice for Weber on The Bachelor — it’s time to drop all the drama.
“At this point, Peter is there to, hopefully, find love,” she said. “There’s so much drama going on. Just cut the fat. If there’s drama and you’re questioning people at this point, you’re gonna always question them.”
She continued: “So get rid of that and keep the ones that you know are there for you, that you want to get to know you, that want to have deep conversations and not talking about another girl. But ask me in a week or two — hopefully it’s different.”
Ben Higgins gives advice to Peter Weber and ‘The Bachelor’ contestants
Meanwhile, when asked for his opinion on Weber’s decision-making, Higgins hinted the new bachelor has a long way to go.
“I think the mark of a good bachelor or bachelorette has always been how they deal with conflict,” Higgins told BUILD Series. “A show can make someone likable … But when truth starts to confront them, it’s how they respond, what they do, that marks a good or bad bachelor or bachelorette.”
Higgins then revealed this also applies to life outside of The Bachelor franchise. And ultimately, he agreed with Kufrin’s remarks.
“How you handle relationships is very similar,” he said. “And so I think Peter needs to start putting his foot down.”
Nevertheless, Higgins noted audiences should still give Weber a chance to carve out his own path.
“In the first couple weeks, because you’re just trying to figure it out yourself,” Higgins explained. “He’s just trying to get these women to know him and he’s just like getting dodgeballs thrown at his face every day. People forget that Peter is three weeks in as the bachelor and there’s no practice for this. He’s just starting.”
The former bachelor also revealed he already shared advice with Weber, previously telling him that it’s not about “how you start, it’s how you finish.”
Higgins continued: “If he just keeps going and there’s some type of ending, we’re all gonna cheer for him. And it’s just gonna get chaotic along the way. It’s kind of how life is. It’s always chaotic and at some point, there’s some clarity.”
And then Higgins turned his attention to the women in Weber’s season of The Bachelor and advised them to “take a step back” and “enjoy” their time on the ABC reality series.
“Stop fighting, it’s not worth it,” Higgins said. “Just take a step back and enjoy this. It’s gonna be OK.”
Chris Harrison gives Peter Weber a push on ‘The Bachelor’ Season 24
From the looks of Weber’s season of The Bachelor so far, the pilot could have used Higgins and Kufrin’s advice during filming. However, it seems Weber still received a bit of push from host Chris Harrison in real time.
“I had to stop being a friend and start showing some tough love. [Weber] needed a therapist. He needed to be helped,” Harrison told Good Morning America in early January. “It was a tough walk with him.”
Harrison then added Weber’s season “was a really emotional, gut-wrenching season in ways that we haven’t seen in a really long time.” And eventually, Harrison had to stop being Weber’s friend and more of a father figure.
“It was just more of, ‘OK, I gotta quit being your buddy here and Papa Chris has to show up and now I need to treat you like I would one of my kids,'” Harrison said.
Now, let’s just hope Harrison got through to Weber so we can finally move on with this season of The Bachelor. So stay tuned.