There’s a wild rumor floating around Bachelor Nation ahead of next week’s hometown dates. If you believe the gossip,The Bachelor Pete Weberrejects his final four. Instead, he takes home one of the show’s producers.

There’s photographic proof that Pilot Pete spent New Year’s Eve with Julie LaPlaca and brunched with her the very next morning. She’s worked on the reality series for three years. (Daily Mail

An ABC exec told Entertainment Tonight, (quote) “I hate to get in the way of a good rumor. So I’m won’t confirm or deny about whether he ends up with a producer.”

Then in an effort to spark viewership, the exec said we must watch the After the Final Rose special because “There’s a lot of craziness. It’s a roller coaster. Even now, the roller coaster won’t end until after that final episode.” (Entertainment Tonight