It's been 84 years of waiting, but Katie Thurston’s season of The Bachelorette is finally premiering tonight on ABC at 8/7c! Exciting times—especially since Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe are stepping in as hosts—but if you're the kinda person who wants to know exactly what happens this season right freaking now, good news: we've got spoilers. Actually, lemme go ahead and bold this info for good measure:
SPOILERS (and some intriguing behind-the-scenes info) about Katie’s season of The Bachelorette are ahead. If you’re cool with that, please proceed!
ABC Went Back and Forth Over Casting Katie Thurston
Reality Steve was, unsurprisingly, the first to announce Katie’s casting news, but after the Rachael Kirkconnell and Chris Harrison controversy broke, he posted an update to his blog announcing that Katie would not be the Bachelorette:
“Katie was originally going to be the Bachelorette, and once the shit hit the fan with the franchise the last couple weeks, the course of action changed, and they are now in discussions on who to go with. All I’ve heard is it won’t be Katie now.”
A little over a week after the above mess, Steve once again confirmed that Katie actually *was* set to be the Bachelorette...again! “The more things change, the more they stay the same. The original spoiler I reported seems to be correct. Katie Thurston is set to be announced as the Bachelorette in the coming days,” he wrote on Twitter.
Katie’s Season Was Originally Going to Film in Canada, But the Location Also Changed
Canada was supposed to be the filming location for The Bachelorette...that is, until the production team changed its mind. (I’m sensing a trend here.) In late January, Steve gave his followers intel on Twitter, writing, “The resort for Bachelorette filming in Canada next season might be at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta.”
Less than a month later, Steve corrected those rumors and confirmed that The Bachelorette’s upcoming season will take place in the United States, specifically in New Mexico at Albuquerque's Hyatt Regency Tamaya.
The hotel has some pretty damn good views, BTW:
Katie’s Cast Has Been Revealed
And you can check out the full list of hotties competing to win Katie's affections here:
Katie’s Final Four Are...
Katie Ended Her Season Early
Before you automatically jump to the conclusion that she pulled a Clare Crawley, hear me—er, I mean, Us Weekly—out. Apparently, “Katie was in control and made sure the men she wanted were there and the men she wasn’t interested in, she sent packing” and there was not a single issue to be had because it “went great and it wrapped a week ahead of schedule.”
Kaitlyn, Tayshia, and Katie all seemingly confirmed that they ended the season early because they also posted snaps hinting they were on their way home and/or no longer on-set.
And in case you’re wondering how Kaitlyn and Tayshia did as first-time co-hosts, Us Weekly’s source gave them a glowing review. “Tayshia and Kaitlyn can relate to Katie’s journey in a lot of different ways, which you’ll see play out, so it was nice to have them there to help out with whatever situation came up....Tayshia had fun and loved doing it. She and Kaitlyn made a great team.”
Katie Left the Show Engaged
Reality Steve revealed that Katie’s final rose winner popped the question! The twist? Steve still doesn’t know which of the final four men got to do it. Confirming the news, Steve said, “Katie definitely got engaged at the end of this. And unless she breaks up before the finale, which I guess anything can happen, but she’s happy and engaged as we speak, so I’d expect that to last.”
And that’s all we know so far! Be sure to keep your eyes on this story for any future updates, and make sure to watch The Bachelorette Mondays on ABC!
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