Victoria Fuller was eliminated on Monday’s episode of The Bachelor after Peter Weber told her his heart was ‘farther along’ with two other women.
‘I just want you to know how real everything was for me,’ Peter, 28, told Victoria, 26, after a rose ceremony in which he chose Hannah Ann Sluss and Madison Prewett, both 23, instead.
‘I was falling in love with you,’ he swore. ‘All of those feelings. Everything from that last day, waking up with you that next morning… how I was expressing that. That was all so real.’
Tough choice: Peter Weber sent home Victoria Fuller during a rose ceremony on Monday’s episode of The Bachelor on ABC
‘I just know that my heart is farther along with the two other girls,’ he admitted.
Victoria, a medical sales representative from Virginia Beach, Virginia, said that she felt ‘stupid’ to have fallen for him, but Peter praised her for having put her heart ‘out there.’
‘I don’t want to hear it,’ Victoria replied. ‘Truly, I don’t. I get it. I don’t know what to say. It is what it is.’
She repeated that mantra in the limo as she left, confessing that she was ‘just sad.’
Felt stupid: Victoria admitted that she ‘felt stupid’ after Peter failed to offer her a rose
So real: Peter told Victoria that his feelings for her were ‘so real’ as she was eliminated
‘I was just hoping to find love,’ Victoria offered. ‘Isn’t that what anyone’s hoping for?’
Peter and Victoria declared their love to one another late in season 24, after having a blast on dates, riding roller coasters and dancing together at live concerts.
Victoria had always thrown some obstacle in Peter’s way, but the Westlake Village, California pilot said he loved the way she challenged him.
Love search: ‘I was just hoping to find love. Isn’t that what anyone’s hoping for?’, Victoria said in a confessional
He changed his tune during Monday’s episode deciding that it would be Hannah Ann and Madison in the show’s two-night season finale next week.
At the beginning of the episode, Peter was a nervous wreck, regretting that his ‘intimacy’ in the Fantasy Suites that week may have caused him to lose Madison.
The foster-parent recruiter from Auburn, Alabama had told Peter that if he slept with other women, she didn’t know if she could continue.
Nervous wreck: At the beginning of the episode, Peter was a nervous wreck, regretting that his ‘intimacy’ in the Fantasy Suites that week may have caused him to lose Madison Prewett
‘I get her frustration and her anger and pain with me,’ Peter told host Chris Harrison, 51. ‘I hate that I would do that to her, and maybe I, like, I didn’t go about this week the right way.’
He walked to the rose ceremony, unsure if Madison would show, and was thankful when she did.
‘You all have a little piece of my heart,’ he told everyone. ‘And knowing that I am about to hurt one of you and end this right now is absolutely destroying me.’
Rose ceremony: Hannah Ann Sluss and Victoria waited for Peter at the rose ceremony
Late arrival: Madison was a late arrival to the rose ceremony after telling Peter that she could not continue if he slept with other women during Fantasy Suite week
Peter’s hands shook as he gave the first rose to Hannah Ann, and a few petals fell off the second as he offered it to Madison, sniffling with tears in his eyes.
‘Madison,’ he said, looking penitent. ‘Will you accept this rose?’
She paused before replying, ‘Yeah,’ which had Peter asking, ‘You sure?’
Flower offering: Peter offered his rose to Madison and she accepted, eliminating Victoria
Victoria, who’d earlier delighted in telling Chris that she was in love with Peter, seemed resigned as he walked her out.
‘I think the conversation he had with Madison changed everything that he felt with me,’ Victoria shared. ‘The fact that someone could sway his opinion with an ultimatum, I mean it sucks.’
When Peter walked back to the two remaining women, Madison toasted him.
Two left: Hannah Ann and Madison were the last two still competing for Peter’s heart
‘Here’s to seeing if love can conquer all,’ she offered, raising her champagne.
The show then segued into its next chapter, The Women Tell All, which was shot in Los Angeles.
Seventeen of the women who hadn’t ended up with Peter sat in a semicircle, giving their opinions about the season and sharing the real stories behind their fights and friendships.
Telling all: The show then segued into its next chapter, The Women Tell All, which was shot in Los Angeles and hosted by Chris Harrison
Sydney Hightower, a 24-year-old retail marketing manager from Birmingham, Alabama, immediately defended Madison’s feelings about Peter’s Fantasy Suite dates.
She had harsher words, however, for former Miss Texas USA Alayah Benavidez, 24, calling her words ‘scripted,’ and labeling her over-the-top behavior a ‘production’ for the cameras.
Lexi Buchanon, a 26-year-old marketing coordinator from New York City, recalled that Alayah had once told them she ‘didn’t want to be disqualified,’ as though it was a pageant contest.
Together again: Victoria P, Kylie, Sydney, Sarah, Lexi, Kiarra, Tammy, Deandra and Savannah discussed their experiences from their side of the stage
Alayah said her ‘biggest regret’ was that she had ended up spreading social media gossip about Victoria to the other women after she’d taken a break from the show.
‘Sometime I just don’t think before I talk,’ she admitted, though she denied affecting a dramatic personality for the show, saying she had always been ‘obnoxious in person.’
Shiann Lewis, a 27-year-old administrative assistant from Las Vegas, called out Victoria Paul, also 27, for pretending not to know Alayah, with whom she was clearly friends.
Heated conversation: Kelsey, McKenna, Victoria P, Sydney, Lexi, Shiann and Tammy bickered from the front row, while Katrina, Maurissa, Alexa, Kylie, Sarah, Kiarra, Deandra, Savannah and Alayah were in the back row
Someone called Paul ‘fake,’ which set off a giant argument that had Chris calling time out.
He then asked Kelsey Weiers, 28, about ‘Champagne-gate,’ an incident in which she went ballistic after Hannah Ann drank her ‘special’ bottle of champagne with Peter.
The professional clothier took everyone’s ribbing in stride, saying she knew she came off as ‘balls-to-the-wall-crazy,’ but she’d thought everyone knew it was for her and Peter.
Worked up: The women got worked up during the Tell All episode
‘I overreacted,’ she admitted, agreeing with Shiann, who called her freakout ‘irrational.’ ‘I’m not gonna say that I was justified in my reaction. But I was justified in my emotion.’
‘As they say, all’s well that ends up your nose,’ Chris joked, referring to a subsequent moment in which Kelsey drank champagne with Peter, only to see it foam all over her face.
‘And that burned,’ Kelsey remembered. ‘That hurt so bad.’
Champagne story: Chris talked to Kelsey about Champagne-gate
Tammy Ly, a 24-year-old house flipper from Syracuse, New York, denied telling Peter that Kelsey was an ‘alcoholic’ and ‘pill popper,’ saying only that she was ‘concerned.’
‘I’m sorry, but we are all swapping saliva with the same guy,’ she noted. ‘It is my business.’
Kelsey told Tammy that not only had she damaged her reputation with those rumors, she had insulted people who really did have substance-abuse issues.
Emotional person: Kelsey did not apologize for having emotions
Paul worried about Kelsey’s alleged use of Adderall ‘from a medical standpoint,’ which promoted a withering response from a castmate, who sniped: ‘You’re a dermatologist.’
Sydney reminded everyone that Kelsey once called her ‘a stupid f***ing b****,’ which Kelsey denied, offering ‘I think I called you a ‘dramatic f***ing b****.’
The women then turned against Mykenna, a 23-year-old fashion blogger from Langley, British Columbia, Canada, calling her ‘childish’ and referring to her narcissistic behavior as ‘a meme.’
Insult clarification: Sydney reminded everyone that Kelsey once called her ‘a stupid f***ing b****,’ which Kelsey denied, offering ‘I think I called you a ‘dramatic f***ing b****’
Mykenna said that her chief bully, Tammy, had taught her how she didn’t want to treat people.
‘How long did you rehearse this?’ Tammy asked, rolling her eyes. ‘I said you weren’t ready [for a grown relationship] because all you do is just dance like a buffoon in front of the cameras.’
‘That’s who I am, and I’m not gonna change who I am,’ Mykenna retorted.
Not changing: Mykenna said she wasn’t about to change
‘You’d always spread your legs whenever a camera was on,’ Tammy said, throwing her feet up in the air to mock Mykenna. ‘I’m gonna buy ”motherf***er.com” and sell it to you.’
Chris then called Kelsey up to talk to her about all her ‘tears’ throughout the show, also inviting famously weepy former Bachelor contestant Ashley Iaconetti, 31, to the stage.
Ashley thanked Kelsey for representing ’emotional girls,’ and gave her a huge bottle of champagne.
Famously weepy: Former Bachelor contestant Ashley Iaconetti, 31, thanked Kelsey for representing ’emotional girls’ and gave her a huge bottle of champagne
Next on the hot seat was Victoria, who teared up watching her departure from the show.
‘I think I’m frustrated with myself, because I didn’t realize how much he cared about me,’ she told Chris. ‘It breaks my heart. ‘Cause I wish I would have let him love me the way that he wanted to, sooner. I think it would have been a lot different, but.. um, can’t go back.’
She said that Peter tried to tell her she was getting in her own way, and would do ‘little things’ to show her he cared, like write her a letter, but she had no idea that he really did.
Hot seat: Next on the hot seat was Victoria, who teared up watching her departure from the show
‘Why couldn’t you let him in?’ Chris asked Victoria.
‘I think that Peter was the one good thing that I actually got to have, and I had a glimpse of that and was like, ”Wait, there’s no way that he’s this good”,’ she said. ‘And it was easier for me to push him away… than to lose him at the end of it.’
‘I was in love with that boy, absolutely,’ she continued. ‘I hate some of the ways that I acted.’
Tears flowing: Victoria wiped away tears watching clips of her and Peter
Chris asked Victoria what it was like to watch accusations made about her by others, among them the idea that she had broken up multiple relationships, which she denied.
‘That was extremely frustrating to me,’ she confessed, suggesting that her accuser, Peter’s ex-girlfriend, didn’t like her and possibly wanted to be on the show.
‘I definitely could’ve handled it better, obviously,’ Victoria mused. ‘Could have handled the whole f***ing season better!’
Relationship questions: Chris asked Victoria questions about her relationship with Peter
In a cute sequence, Peter was shown crashing viewers’ Bachelor parties with Chris and his parents, encountering pilot and flight attendant costumes, windmill cakes and balloon roses.
During the last party, he left his parents alone in the car and returned to find them making out.
At the tell-all, Victoria thanked Peter for his patience and kindness, acknowledging that she’d put him ‘through hell’ but maintaining that she adored him and had learned a lot from him.
Viewing parties: In a cute sequence, Peter was shown crashing viewers’ Bachelor parties with Chris and his parents
Good times: Viewers tossed parties wearing pilot and flight attendant costumes
Savannah Mullins, a 27-year-old realtor from Houston, then asked Peter whether he regretted giving so much of his time to ‘dramatic’ women.
Peter recognized that viewers thought he ‘rewarded the drama,’ but said he was ‘following his heart and doing what I felt I had to do,’ regardless of others’ opinions.
When he left, former Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay, 34, came onstage to discuss bullying across social media channels, which had affected women in the franchise for ‘several seasons.’
Fan favorite: Former Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay, 34, came onstage to discuss bullying across social media channels, which had affected women in the franchise for ‘several seasons
‘I feel like you guys hear us talk about the hate that we receive, but you have no idea what it is,’ she told viewers, going on to read messages that were ‘graphic,’ ‘explicit,’ and ‘shocking.’
In comments, Tweets and DMs, members of the public had urged contestants to kill themselves, threatened to hurt them, and used racial epithets against them.
With tears rolling down her face, Rachel read: ‘Of course you pull the black card. You’re so f***ing jealous, holy s***. Stop being a jealous b**** it doesn’t look good on you and you need all the help you can get looking good because you’re the ugliest girl in the house.’
Harsh message: With tears rolling down her face, Rachel read: ‘Of course you pull the black card. You’re so f***ing jealous, holy s***. Stop being a jealous b**** it doesn’t look good on you and you need all the help you can get looking good because you’re the ugliest girl in the house’
She shook as she told viewers, calling it ‘just a tip of the iceberg.’
‘I know it’s uncomfortable for you to see,’ Rachel said. ‘Just imagine how uncomfortable it is to get this in your comments and your DMs every day, every week, every month.’
‘Clearly this isn’t criticism,’ Chris affirmed. ‘This is hate.’
Hate speech: Chris said the comments were not criticism and called it ‘hate’
He asked the women from the show if they’d all felt hate, and they uniformly said yes.
Tammy was afraid to pick up the phone, she said: ‘I was getting death threats in my work email, saying, ”Hey, I want to buy a house,” but it’s actually a paragraph of how I should go kill myself.’
Rachel read out another message that said, ‘No one cares that you’re a half-n*****, half-Mexican b****,’ which had the women from the show comforting Sydney, who is biracial.
Death threats: Tammy was afraid to pick up the phone, she said: ‘I was getting death threats in my work email, saying, ”Hey, I want to buy a house,” but it’s actually a paragraph of how I should go kill myself’
Strong women: Rachel praise all of the women for being so strong
Other women detailed the comments they’d gotten about their looks and their hair .
‘I just want you to also know that these people who hide behind their phones, and their computers, and these smart devices, they don’t have even a fraction of the guts that you have to stand up here today and face these people,’ Rachel affirmed.
Chris then previewed The Bachelor’s finale, which found Peter distraught, confused and tearful, and he called it ‘one of the most unexpected and complicated endings we have ever seen.’
The Bachelor will return next week for its two-part finale on ABC.
Emotional plea: A clip of the finale showed Peter’s mom Barbara begging him to bring one of the women home