Bachelorette spoilers: Who did Katie Thurston pick as her 'The Bachelorette' winner and end up with? Who are Katie's Final 4 bachelors? Is she engaged (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/01/2021
Bachelorette spoilers have emerged revealing who Katie Thurston picked as the winner of her The Bachelorette season and if she got engaged to the bachelor she ended up with, as well as more spoilers on The Bachelorette's 2021 season -- including Katie's Final 4 bachelors who received hometown dates.
[The Bachelorette Spoilers Warning: This report contains spoilers about Katie Thurston's The Bacheloretteseason, including spoilers revealing who Katie picked as her winner and ended up with, her Final 4 bachelors, and if Katie got engaged.]
The Bachelorette viewers have watched Katie be a decisive and strong Bachelorette so far.
In the latest episode, Katie gave Tre Cooper, a 26-year-old a software engineer from Covington, GA, a group-date rose for warning her about Thomas, a 28-year-old real estate broker from Poway, CA, thinking about possibly becoming the next The Bachelor star.
The guys agreed Thomas was "a good talker" and manipulating Katie with his feelings and words, and Hunter Montgomery, a 34-year-old software strategist from Houston, TX, added that Thomas had set out to become "famous" and "Katie was his ticket" to a brighter future.
When Katie eliminated Thomas at the third Rose Ceremony of the season, she scolded him and said, "You told me things I wanted to hear and what I learned about you tonight is that you're selfish, unkind and a liar! Your Bachelor audition ends tonight, so get out."
Katie also sent the following men packing at the Rose Ceremony: David Scott, a 27-year-old technical product specialist from Nashville, TN; Conor Costello, a 28-year-old from Edmond, OK who currently lives in Newport Beach, CA; and Christian Smith, a 26-year-old real estate agent from Boston, MA.
Katie's last-available rose went to Blake Moynes, a 30-year-old wildlife manager from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who surprised Katie with his presence late in the game.
Katie revealed she had briefly communicated with the Season 16 The Bachelorette alum in her DMs on Instagram before she began filming The Bachelorette because Blake wanted to commend her on a job well done on Matt James' The Bachelor season.
"If you stay, I will now be your third Bachelorette. And I'll be honest, in the house, there's been a lot of drama regarding who's here for the right reasons and who's not, and so that's still fresh on my heart," Katie explained to Blake.
Blake said he completely understood that and wished he could have met Katie under different circumstances.
"This is the last place I want to do this. The risk of me looking like a complete idiot is high, but the reward is so much greater than that risk. You are beautiful, but everything else you bring to the table, you check boxes that no one else has," Blake said.
"It just comes down to the fact that I would 'what if?' and regret forever if I didn't do this."
Katie admitted there could "maybe" be something between them, suggesting she already felt chemistry with Blake, but she feared letting her other bachelors down.
"I promise you that if it came down to the end and we connected in a way that I think that we might, we would be engaged at the end of this," Blake said. "I didn't come here to disappoint, and I wouldn't do that to you. That's just not me."
Katie therefore let Blake join her remaining fourteen suitors, who are finally ready to "put the drama behind them and focus on getting quality time with Katie," according to ABC.
However, tension is sure to start up again once the men meet Blake for the first time on the upcoming episode airing Monday, July 5 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.
The Bachelorette's fifth episode will also feature a "massive" group date, with The Bachelorette alum Wells Adams and photographer Franco Lacosta stopping by to introduce and commentate on an intense game of America's popular new sport, Bash Ball.
"But when more than egos end up getting bruised, Katie steps in and stands up for her guys, ending the game early and giving everyone the attention they deserve," ABC teased of the group date.
And later on, Katie will have an important conversation with Andrew Spencer, a 26-year-old pro football player who splits his time between Vienna, Austria and Chicago, IL and is the reported cousin of The Bachelorette alum Clay Harbor.
Katie and Andrew S. talk about their future, and then another bachelor "gets greedy with Katie's time."
At the end of the evening, Katie will eliminate more bachelors at a Rose Ceremony.
So what happened between Katie and Blake on her The Bachelorette season -- did he go all the way, or did someone like the season's frontrunner, Greg Grippo, a 27-year-old marketing sales representative from Edison, NJ, steal her heart in the end? And is Katie engaged?
Keep reading for The Bachelorette spoilers to find out the ending of Season 17 and why Katie has told the press she is "happy!"
The former The Bachelorette stars are replacing Chris Harrison, who announced in February he'd be "stepping aside" from his hosting duties "for a period of time" to educate himself on a "profound" level after he'd publicly defended racially-ignorant and insensitive actions that had surfaced in The Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell's past.
Then, the day after Katie's The Bachelorette season premiered on ABC, the network announced Chris' departure would become permanent and he would not be returning to The Bachelor franchise.
"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," a source told Us Weekly in late April.
"Tayshia had fun and loved doing it. She and Kaitlyn made a great team."
"They act professional, they're on time and are helping the franchise as much as they can in this funky situation," the insider revealed, although there was reportedly a learning curve.
Unlike Chris -- who had hosted the franchise ever since The Bachelor premiered nearly 20 years ago -- Kaitlyn and Tayshia reportedly had "to do a lot of retakes" during filming.
"It's a lot of memorizing lines," the insider continued. "They didn't have years of experience before hopping on. Scenes that could be done in one take with Chris can now take, like, two hours."
Chris initially came under fire when he called for "grace" and "compassion" for Rachael and also criticized the "woke police" and the "unbelievably alarming" response of anger and frustration to the young woman's offensive actions during an early-February Extra interview with The Bachelorette's first Black leading lady, Rachel Lindsay.
Chris' greatest offense seemed to be his dismissive attitude towards photos of Rachael that resurfaced from an antebellum-plantation themed "Old South" fraternity party at Georgia College & State University in 2018.
Chris apologized multiple times and told Michael Strahan on a March appearance on Good Morning America, "I plan to be back and I want to be back."
But Bachelor Nation seems conflicted over whether his reinstatement would send the right message considering viewers have been pleading for more diversity and racial equality in the franchise for years.
Like last year's The Bachelorette season and this year's The Bachelor season, Katie's entire The Bachelorette season was filmed at a single location. In this case, it was the Hyatt Regency Tamaya in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.
During taping, cast and crew were required to quarantine before filming began and then follow coronavirus safety measures throughout their time at the resort, according to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone.
Tayshia teased during a recent appearance on the Going to Bed with Garcelle podcast that the world will see something "fresh and new" with Katie's season.
"Those 3 I know," Carbone wrote in a May 13 blog posting.
"I'm not sure who the 4th guy is in the Final 4 yet. I've heard names but nothing I'm confident about. Those three I am."
However he later clarified some of his Final 4 info was wrong
Carbone changed Katie's Final 4 bachelors and revealed he made a big error in a June 3 blog posting.
"I've learned that I was wrong about John making Final 4. He didn't," Carbone wrote.
"He didn't even make Top 8. So all the people who emailed me telling me there's a ton of people convinced Katie's with John, sorry, but that's not the case. He's not in her Top 4, let alone her Top 8."
Carbone explained he was initially convinced John had made Katie's Top 4 -- and maybe even won her heart -- because Katie recently spent a weekend in San Diego with some of her Bachelor Nation friends.
"I started receiving emails that one of the places she tagged she visited, Duke's in La Jolla, was where John Hersey worked as a bartender. This led to even more people telling me that they were 100 percent convinced that John is who Katie chose, they're engaged, and that's why she went to that restaurant," Carbone shared.
"I never mentioned it until now because that story wasn't based in anything other than speculation and it never made sense to me. Well, I can report now there's nothing to it."
Carbone believes Katie is also social-media savvy enough to know better than to show up at the place where her winner works when ABC wants her to keep the season's final-rose recipient a mystery.
Two of Katie's Final 4 bachelors therefore remain a secret, however, the spoiler blogger seems convinced Blake and Greg definitely made Katie's Final 4.
Reality Steve then revealed the rest of Katie's alleged Final 4 bachelors
Carbone believes he has figured out Katie's remaining two Final 4 bachelors.
Carbone reported on June 6 he has discovered who allegedly joined Blake and Greg in Katie's Final 4 bachelors.
According to the spoiler blogger, Katie's Final 4 suitors is also comprised of Andrew Spencer, a 26-year-old pro football player who splits his time between from Vienna, Austria, and Chicago, IL, as well as Justin Glaze, a 26-year-old investment sales consultant from Baltimore, MD.
Carbone posted images of Katie's four alleged hometown-date recipients in an Instagram post on June 6 and also followed it with a tweet.
Carbone captioned the men's photos, "(SPOILER) Katie's final 4."
Katie's Final 4 bachelors are therefore reportedly returning bachelor Blake, Greg -- who received Katie's First Impression Rose -- Andrew S., and Justin.
Carbone did not mention, however, how confident he is in his sources and latest findings, and he has yet to report Katie's Final 3 bachelors or Final 2 suitors.
Katie and her the bachelor she picked as her winner got engaged
The Bachelorette promo ABC released on May 26 showed Katie crying and yelling at a camera, "I'm done! Someone book my flight home!"
But according to Carbone, Katie left the show happy and in a relationship.
And not only is Katie in a relationship, but she is reportedly engaged!
"I guess the biggest 'spoiler' I have for you is this: Katie is engaged. However, I don't know to who," Carbone wrote on May 13.
However, Carbone said he had yet to learn the identity of Katie's The Bachelorette winner.
"I know you may ask, 'How can you know she's engaged but not know who to?'" Carbone continued. "Trust me, it's possible. I'm just not gonna give up sources on that, so yeah, it's possible to know one and not the other."
The spoiler blogger, however, had no doubts that Katie accepted a marriage proposal at the end of her journey to find love on The Bachelorette's seventeenth season.
"Katie definitely got engaged at the end of this," Carbone insisted in his blog.
"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."
Carbone wrote in a June 22 blog posting that he felt "very close" to knowing Katie's fiance.
The spoiler blogger confirmed, despite recent speculation, that Andrew S. did not win Katie's heart, and that only left him with three possibilities -- Justin, Blake and Greg.
Carbone said he was also extremely close to determining which two of those three bachelors didn't win.
"I just need certain confirmations before running with the winner this season," he explained. "While I've been able to correct wrong reveals in the past, it's not fun having to do that."
Carbone continued, "So I'd rather have it right from the get go rather than reveal something I'm not totally 100 percent on and have to go back and correct."
The very next day, Carbone revealed the alleged winner of Katie's season and whom she got engaged to.
On June 23, Carbone wrote, "I don't know how the Final 4 shakes out just yet in terms of who goes home when... [but] Katie is engaged to Blake Moynes."
"Maybe some people will be surprised by this, and maybe some won't," Carbone wrote, "but I was able to get it confirmed."
Carbone, however, would not provide a percentage to describe how sure he is of his latest report.
"That never does me any good," Carbone explained. "Sure, I expect there to be doubt like every season. All I can say is it's been about a 7 week process since filming ended to get this info, and I'm very confident in what I've been told."
Carbone insisted he has received "actual proof" that Katie did not get engaged to Andrew S., Justin, or Greg.
"All signs pointed to Blake due to process of elimination, but I still didn't feel comfortable reporting Blake because nobody had actually told me 'Katie is engaged to Blake.' I also hadn't been told that she DIDN'T pick him either," Carbone shared.
"Just hadn't heard anything regarding Blake until this past weekend I got my first 'She's with Blake' info, then yesterday, got the confirmation I needed."
Carbone therefore confirmed Katie is with Blake and they're engaged.
Other than Katie accepting a marriage proposal from Blake, Carbone is unsure about the timing of the engagement as well as the couple's current relationship status -- although he assumes they are still together.
Carbone said he's now looking into details on how Katie's season ended exactly, play by play, from her Final 4 to her engagement with Blake.
Blake felt from the start that he and Katie could end up engaged
When Blake asked to join Katie's The Bachelorette season, he made it very clear that he was ready to get engaged if his relationship with Katie lasted all the way to the end of the show.
"He really felt passionately you guys would be an amazing match," Tayshia told Katie during The Bachelorette's June 29 episode, before Katie met Blake face to face for the first time.
"I think he's an amazing guy and I truly feel like he is someone that has good intentions... I know you're not here for somebody that's not going to get down on a knee at the end of this, and I really feel like he can be that person for you."
Tayshia insisted Blake was genuine and would accept Katie for who she is.
When Katie and Blake met, Blake apologized for throwing "a wrench" into her plans but said he was "intrigued" by her openness, boldness, confidence and playfulness on Matt James' season of The Bachelor.
Katie -- who revealed Blake had sent her a DM on Instagram prior to filming The Bachelorette -- called Blake "very handsome" and seemed giddy, although she questioned his intentions having dated two The Bachelorette stars before her, both Tayshia and Clare Crawley.
"If you stay, I will now be your third Bachelorette. And I'll be honest, in the house, there's been a lot of drama regarding who's here for the right reasons and who's not, and so that's still fresh on my heart," Katie explained.
Blake said he completely understood that and wished he could have met Katie under different circumstances.
"This is the last place I want to do this," Blake said.
"The risk of me looking like a complete idiot is high, but the reward is so much greater than that risk. You are beautiful, but everything else you bring to the table, you check boxes that no one else has."
Blake added, "It just comes down to the fact that I would 'what if?' and regret forever if I didn't do this."
Katie admitted there could "maybe" be something between them, suggesting she already felt chemistry with Blake, but she feared letting her other bachelors down and disappointing them.
"I promise you that if it came down to the end and we connected in a way that I think that we might, we would be engaged at the end of this," Blake assured Katie.
"I didn't come here to disappoint, and I wouldn't do that to you. That's just not me."
Katie smiled big and called Blake "a troublemaker," but he said that could be a good thing.
After careful consideration, Katie allowed Blake to join her cast of men, and clearly the wildlife activist lived up to his word!