‘The Bachelor’: The 1 Thing Peter Weber Says He Did Before Colton Underwood
Former Bachelor Colton Underwood may have gotten all the Bachelor Nation attention for “jumping the fence” in Portugal after his breakup with his now-girlfriend Cassie Randolph. But Peter Weber told Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live that he was actually the first Bachelor to jump the fence in pursuit of something Bachelor-related.
In his recent interview with Kimmel, Weber opened up about his own “fence jump,” being a fan of The Bachelor as a teen, and which former Bachelor first got him interested in the show.
Underwood famously jumped over a gate in Portugal
Underwood made Bachelor history (and displayed his NFL training!) when he leapt over a massive gate in Portugal after Randolph broke things off with him.
Just before the epic Bachelor moment, Randolph had already been experiencing doubts about a future with Underwood. When she found out her dad, a pastor, hadn’t yet given his blessing for Underwood to marry her, that sealed the deal for her.
But Underwood wasn’t having it. After Randolph told Underwood she was heading home that night, Vulture reports that Underwood declared, “I don’t care if you’re about to leave. I’m not going to stop fighting for you.”
Next, after mumbling, “I’m f***** done,” an emotional Underwood jumped the fence, presumably to get some privacy and get away from the cameras.
As we all know, Underwood kept his word to fight for her and is now still happily dating Randolph (and hinting at a 2020 proposal). But the fence-jumping moment will live on in Bachelor Nation lore forever.
A teen Weber ‘jumped the fence’ even before Underwood’s dramatic leap
In Weber’s interview with Kimmel about The Bachelor Season 24, the new Bachelor brought up JumpGate himself.
Kimmel revealed that Weber grew up just five minutes from the famous Bachelor mansion. “So you grew up…for those who don’t know, the Bachelor mansion is in L.A. It’s in the Far West Valley. And you grew up right near there, five minutes away, right?” asked Kimmel.
Weber agreed, and revealed that he and his friends even slipped away to the mansion one night, effectively making him the Bachelor to truly originate the fence jump. “I did. Actually, fun fact. I just realized this, actually,” Weber told Kimmel. “Colton wasn’t actually the first Bachelor to ever do the fence jump.”
“You jumped the fence?” Kimmel asked incredulously.
Weber explained that he and his buddies escaped mansion security before they were caught. “I did it 10 years prior when I was 18,” he said. “Me and my friends tried to sneak into the mansion. Huge fans of the show. We got caught and ran away before we got caught.”
“You and your teenage friends were huge fans of The Bachelor?” Kimmel asked curiously.
“Not huge fans. You know, it was when Jake…he got me into the show,” Weber shared.
“Because of the pilot thing?” Kimmel asked, referring to Jake Pavelka, who was also a pilot.
“Yes…I became a big fan,” Pilot Pete replied.
Chris Harrison says Weber’s ‘Bachelor’ finale will be even more shocking than Underwood’s
There might not be any more fence-jumping this season. Still, People Magazine reported that, at ABC’s TCA presentation, Chris Harrison revealed the Season 24 Bachelor finale will still pack quite a punch.
“This is very dramatic, but in a very different way than, say, Colton’s season, whereas there was this crazy feat of athleticism where he jumped the fence, and Hannah’s was, obviously the twist at the end of hers with Jed and what happened,” said Harrison. “This is in a more emotional, gut-wrenching way.”
Weber, too, has hinted that there’s no way viewers, diehard fans, or even the most in-the-know bloggers will be able to “spoil” this Bachelor season finale. We’ll see!