Julie LaPlaca Clarified the New Year’s Eve Photo With ‘Bachelor’ Peter Weber

Leading up to the finale of The Bachelor, there were a number of rumors circulating about who Peter Weber would end up with. One of those rumors said Weber was dating Bachelor producer Julie LaPlaca

As we saw during the finale, LaPlaca was not the woman Weber ended up with. Less than 24 hours after Madison Prewett and Weber announced their breakup, LaPlaca clarified the New Year’s Eve photos that sent Bachelor Nation spiraling. 

Julie LaPlaca silences 'The Bachelor' producer theory
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‘The Bachelor’ producer theory 

Early on in Weber’s season, Bachelor Nation discovered photos of LaPlaca having dinner with Weber’s family. She also spent New Year’s Eve with the Webers in Times Square. The original photo depicted LaPlaca in a headband reading “Happy New Year” with someone in a camel jacket standing behind her.

Eagle-eyed fans pointed out that the person behind LaPlaca was Weber. Considering filming for season 24 of The Bachelor wrapped in Nov. 2019, fans started to believe there was something more between Weber and LaPlaca. After all, New Year’s Eve is one of the most romantic nights of the year!

After she spent New Year’s Eve with the Weber family, Bachelor Nation assumed LaPlaca was going to be part of the big twist in Weber’s season. An executive from ABC put that theory to bed before the finale aired, saying: “People will probably be surprised when they see who [Weber’s mom is] talking about.” Translation: it wasn’t LaPlaca.

Julie LaPlaca isn’t Peter Weber’s co-pilot

Once Weber’s season of The Bachelor came to a conclusion, LaPlaca shared a new photo of her and Weber from New Year’s Eve, this time with Weber’s face to the camera. She captioned the photo: “Yes that was @pilot_pete in the tan jacket, no we didn’t kiss at midnight. But whoever ends up as his copilot for life is one lucky lady, because this guy has a heart of gold ❤️✈️ #TheBachelor.” 

Some fans pointed out that LaPlaca had posted photos with other Bachelor and Bachelorette cast members in the past, proving that it wasn’t out of character for her to have shared pictures with Weber.

Host and producer Chris Harrison spoke with his girlfriend Lauren Zima about the rumors leading up to the finale. “Julie is an amazing, talented producer. Far be it for me to ruin anything towards the end of the season. But… seems much ado about nothing to me. Unless I just don’t know, which is possible,” Harrison said. 

Neither Harrison nor LaPlaca denied the rumors leading up to the finale, but that’s likely because they wanted to keep Bachelor Nation in the dark about what was going to happen. 

Harrison added: “That’s not the story we’re trying to create. I think it’s a wild story. But maybe it’s just crazy enough to be true!”

Peter Weber is currently single 

Despite choosing to pursue a relationship with Prewett during the live finale of The Bachelor, Weber took to Instagram to announce that they had broken up a few days later. 

The pilot wrote in his Instagram post: “Madi and I have mutually decided to not pursue our relationship any further. Believe me this was not easy for either of us to be ok with, but after a lot of honest conversations, we have agreed that this is what makes most sense for the two of us. The love and respect I have for Madi will continue to endure.”

After a tumultuous season, it looks like Weber still has yet to find the perfect co-pilot.