Pilot Peter isn’t holding back this time.
The former Bachelor says he’s aware of all the comparisons being made with Clayton Echard and his season.
“My heart goes out to Clayton so much because I relate to Clayton in so many ways. And I look at his season—it’s almost a little bit of PTSD for me, like, being pulled back into it,” he said on the Here for the Right Reasons podcast. “I’ve been in that exact situation. I’ve been told something so similar to [him], I’ve had to make a decision very similar under that kind of pressure.”
Peter also explained that both the Bachelor’s “kept getting dragged into” the drama.
“You can see, like, the manipulation that’s going on and you can see how certain people are being pushed forward on the show and it’s kind of making Clayton look bad,” he said. “It just is. And it’s that part that sucks to see because I feel like that happened on mine too.
And that’s not necessarily Clayton’s fault. If there’s someone in there that’s getting a lot of time that everyone’s looking at, like, ‘How is he not seeing this? And why is he making this decision? Why is he keeping it around?’ Well, if she’s there for, you know, 20 minutes and doing it? In a whole montage, a make-out scene, like, producers are making that happen and are allowing that to happen.
It sucks to see kind of in hindsight how that all plays out and turns out and then people make these judgments on you.”
The Bachelor airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.