Peden shared via Instagram Story that the co-host, who put him on the hot seat over comments he made about ex Micah Lussier, sent him flowers. "Thanks for acknowledging the accidental misleading," Peden captioned the photo of the flowers.
Following Sunday night's taping of the reunion in Los Angeles, Peden told PEOPLE that Lachey's line of questioning felt like an "interrogation." "I thought that I detected a little bit of personal bias there. I'm not sure what it was," Peden said. "And I guess she's within her right to drill on personal bias, but she shouldn't present as being an objective neutral party if that's the case."
Adam Rose/Netflix (2) Vanessa Lachey; Paul at the 'Love Is Blind' season 4 reunion
"I think it's fair to continue follow-up questions," he added, "but if we're going to go that route, we need to be able to have a full-length conversation."
In the finale, Peden couldn't say "I do" to Micah at the altar, which left the latter in tears. The environmental scientist said he couldn't see Lussier as a mother, which he clarified during the reunion. "I felt like it was the worst thing that could be said about me," she said. "It's something that I've talked about since the pods, how important having family was to me."
"I phrased that unfairly towards her," Peden explained. "I think a better way to phrase that is I can't envision us as parents."
Lachey continued to grill Peden, prompting a defense from his best pod bud Zack Goytowski ("He was genuinely 100% in love with Micah") and viewers online who contended Lachey was too soft on Micah, who displayed mean girl behavior in the pods.
— Raven Brunner (@raventbrunner) April 17, 2023
Are Vanessa and Micah personal friends?? Why is she so set on giving space for Micah to play the victim and hold Paul to the fire like this? #LoveIsBlindS4 #LoveIsBlindLIVE #LOVEISBLINDreunion pic.twitter.com/KWJzwVJfqA
— Chanel | ux designer (@_okayChanel) April 17, 2023
The fact that Zack had to interject and defend Paul during the reunion, bc Vanessa Lachey was too busy grilling him instead of Micah is INSANE. You can tell she was pissed by that. #LoveIsBlind #LOVEISBLINDreunion
— ○△□ (@apiercedstorm) April 17, 2023
Vanessa Lachey really complied a BULLYING montage of Micah and irina and then looked Paul DEAD IN THE EYES and asked him why he didn’t think Micah was nurturing and why he didn’t see her as the mother of his children!!!!#LoveIsBlindLIVE #LOVEISBLINDreunion #LoveisBlind4 pic.twitter.com/84sHiYeIPb
— kerrigan🛸 (@kerrigandaniels) April 18, 2023
After the reunion (at long last) made it to air Monday, one viewer created a Change.org petition to remove Lachey and husband Nick as hosts of the reality dating series, citing "off-putting" behavior, including speaking over contestants. At time of publication, the petition has amassed nearly 21,000 signatures.
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