Hannah Brown Defends Peter Weber As The Bachelor

Hannah Brown probably knows better than almost any other bachelorette or bachelor what it’s like to be met with criticism and doubt upon being announced as the season lead.

When Brown was first named the bachelorette, there was an uproar amongst Bachelor Nation. Both devout fans and Bachelor alums were unsure of the network’s selection. People were taking to Twitter to announce that they wouldn’t be watching this season because they disagreed so passionately with the choice of Brown.

Hannah Brown | Gregg DeGuire/WireImage
Hannah Brown | Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

When Peter Weber was named this season’s bachelor, the decision was met with some backlash. Though it should be noted that the backlash didn’t surround the audience’s lack of faith in Weber, it was more about the missed opportunity of casting the franchise’s first black bachelor (Mike Johnson).

Despite the immediate criticism, Brown says she trusts The Bachelor casting team to make the right decision.

“I could see either one of them being a great Bachelor,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I feel like the people that have been doing this for years and making these decisions, make these decisions for a reason. It’s not that one person’s better than the other.”

Hannah Brown thinks Peter Weber will be a great bachelor–’there’s a lot more to Peter’

Though some members of Bachelor Nation have spoken about their “disappointment” in the bachelor selection, Brown thinks there’s a specific reason Weber was cast.

“I think how he was with me is the reason that he is the bachelor, and he’s going to be ready, because he can give love to somebody, and I think he should do that,” she said on the Bachelor Party podcast

Some naysayers have said they’re “bored” with the selection of Weber, that we’ve already seen so many similar versions of him find love on our TV screens.

“There’s a lot more to Peter than just like, he is a really sweet guy,” says Brown. “I’m excited to see probably more sides than I got to see of him…I’m excited for everybody to get to know him.” 

Another reason Brown believes Weber got the gig is because he was “really heartbroken.”

“I think Peter was really heartbroken,” she told ET. “I broke his heart.”

What Hannah Brown thinks Peter Weber is looking for in a partner

Mostly, Brown’s excited for Weber to have the opportunity to find the love of his life.

“I’m really happy for him,” she said. “I mean, I had real feelings for him and I know that he had real feelings for me, but ultimately when you care for somebody, you want them to find their happiness. So, I think he’s going to be a great Bachelor and is going to make all those girls really, really happy and have a really great experience.”

When asked what kind of woman she thinks he’s interested in she replied:

“I think he likes a strong woman, and God I don’t know, somebody close to how awesome this chick is,” she said, meaning herself. 

Peter Weber’s season of The Bachelor is filming right now and will premiere in January.

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