Bachelor spoilers: How does Clayton Echard's 'The Bachelor' season end? Is 'The Bachelor' star with Gabby Windey, Rachel Recchia, Susie Evans, or alone? (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/14/2022
Bachelor spoilers revealing new details about how Clayton Echard's The Bachelor season ends have surfaced only hours before the finale airs on ABC -- including new spoilers revealing if Clayton's relationship with Susie Evans is really over, if Clayton picks Susie, Gabby Windey or Rachel Recchia as his winner, and if The Bachelor star is in a relationship or single right now.
[Bachelor Spoilers: This report contains spoilers for Clayton Echard's The Bachelorseason and how it ends up, including if Clayton picked Gabby, Rachel or Susie or had his heart broken in the show's finale.]
The Bachelor's two-night finale event begins in only a matter of hours, with the first part airing Monday, March 14 at 8PM ET/PT.
The Bachelor's Tuesday-night broadcast on March 15, also at 8PM ET/PT, will include the highly-anticipated After the Final Rose special.
Viewers just watched Clayton and Susie, a 28-year-old wedding videographer from Virginia Beach, VA, breakup. Susie was apparently Clayton's frontrunner, but they mutually decided she should leave the show.
Susie wanted to quit The Bachelor because Clayton had sex and professed his love to both Gabby Windey, a 30-year-old ICU nurse from Denver, CO, and Rachel Recchia, a 25-year-old flight instructor from Clermont, FL, during the Fantasy Suites.
Given Susie was Clayton's third date of the week in Iceland, she said she just couldn't get over the idea of Clayton being intimate with two other women.
Although Clayton insisted he was "the most in love with" Susie, she had been hoping the Bachelor would prove his love to her by not even jeopardizing or risking what they had. Susie also didn't understand why Clayton would feel the need to have sex with other women if he knew he loved her more than the others.
But before Susie could quit the show, Clayton beat her to the punch and said he was "done" with her and she had totally "invalidated" everything about their relationship up to that point.
Clayton scolded Susie for not explaining her dealbreaker and/or ultimatum about sex in the Fantasy Suites sooner, and he couldn't believe that she wasn't willing to forgive him and fight to save their relationship.
"I don't even know who I'm looking at anymore... You just dropped a bombshell on me... I think it's B-S... Anything you say to me from this point doesn't matter anymore," Clayton told Susie.
Clayton has been accused of gaslighting Susie and making a mess of an already-difficult situation, but he stands by his faith and that "everything happens for a reason."
"At some point, I'll end up finding somebody who will actually stick through it and will understand me for who I am and will fight for me as much as I fight for them," Clayton told Susie on her way out.
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"I thought you were that person and you're not that person. This is how it's supposed to end, and I'm done."
In her final words, Susie expressed how she thought Clayton would have treated her with more grace and compassion.
So was that really the end of Susie and Clayton's relationship? Did Clayton end up with Gabby, Rachel, Susie or neither of the three women -- and what happens next?
Previously-eliminated The Bachelor bachelorette Teddi Wright, who knows details about the finale given she's friends with the Final 3 bachelorettes, told Clayton at the end of The Women Tell All special that she hopes he's "okay."
Teddi's comment suggests Clayton's journey did not end happily, so keep reading for all the The Bachelor spoilers out there about how Season 26 reportedly ends.
Gabby and Rachel break down after learning Clayton's heart was torn
In a preview of the upcoming two-night finale event, Clayton addresses Gabby and Rachel at the Rose Ceremony following Fantasy Suite dates in Reykjavik, Iceland.
With two roses on a podium, Clayton announces, "I am in love with each of you, and I also was intimate with both of you."
Gabby and Rachel are both shown crying as a result, with Rachel saying, "I never thought he could be in love with all three of us -- IN love!"
Gabby also laments, "I can't believe anything you say -- not one thing!"
And Rachel calls her reaction "the worst feeling" she's ever had, before Clayton breaks down in a confessional about feeling "so broken."
Even Clayton's own father, Brian, tells the Bachelor that he "screwed the pooch" in this situation.
"I wish I never would've fallen in love," Clayton admits to his parents in tears.
The Bachelor host Jesse Palmer teased a huge shocker at the end
Jesse recently told Us Weekly that there was going to be something shocking on Clayton's The Bachelor season, and it's unclear whether he was referring to Susie's dramatic exit during her Fantasy-Suite date.
"You're going to have to tune in and watch," Jesse teased in late January 2022.
Jesse pointed out how The Bachelor's producers and editing team are "very smart" with "respect to what they're putting out and how they're editing everything and putting it together."
"But there are multiple, multiple moments that I think are gonna be very, very eye-opening for our viewers at home," Jesse explained.
And the Season 5 The Bachelor star continued, "I know we always say, 'It's the most dramatic season,' [but] Clayton's season [is] the most dramatic season ever because there's so many things that have never happened before."
The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss has said Clayton's season is "totally spoiler proof"
While The Bachelor was airing its seventh episode on February 21, Mike took to Twitter with a jaw-dropping tweet.
"Major Historic Announcement!" The Bachelor creator and executive producer wrote.
"This season's finale of #TheBachelorABC is totally spoiler-proof. No one knows how it will end, cuz it ain't over til it's over! And it ain't over..."
The tweet suggests Clayton did not get engaged at the end of his season, nor did the small-town medical sales representative and former college football player select a winner at the Final Rose Ceremony.
Spoilers about Clayton's time in Iceland leaked out in February
On December 16, Carbon wrote in his blog that he didn't know the ending of Clayton's The Bachelor season yet, although he figured Clayton was "most likely engaged."
"I've heard rumblings about all three since filming ended," Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone reported at the time.
He added, "I'm leaning towards one person based on info told to me, but again, until I get the confirmation I need, there's no need to tell people what I'm 'hearing.'"
Carbone assured his readers late last year that when he's confident in who Clayton picked, he'd let the world know.
Carbone went on to report on February 21 that he was convinced Clayton is NOT with Rachel, that he didn't pick Rachel in Iceland or leave Iceland with her.
Carbone was also pretty sure at the time that Clayton did not get engaged and thatThe Bachelor did not have a traditional ending, meaning there was "no finality" in Iceland with Clayton selecting a winner out of two remaining bachelorettes and possibly getting engaged.
In addition, Carbone said he had been led to believe Clayton hasn't had any "happy couple visits" since filming ended.
After falling in love with multiple bachelorettes, Peter's The Bachelor season ended with the pilot proposing marriage to Hannah Ann Sluss, but he broke off the engagement while his season was airing in early 2020.
Peter briefly reunited with his The Bachelor frontrunner Madison Prewett -- who quit his season before the Final Rose Ceremony -- when they filmed The Bachelor: After the Final Rose, but the pair announced two days later they were going to go their separate ways.
Carbone was unable to spoil the ending of Peter's season.
"My heart goes out to Clayton so much because I relate to Clayton in so many ways," Peter recently said on Us Weekly's "Here for the Right Reasons" podcast.
"It's almost a little bit of PTSD for me, being pulled back into it, because I've been in that exact situation."
Peter shared the following prediction: "I hate to say this [but I think Clayton] ends up with no one and that it was supposed to be Rachel."
Peter suspected that Rachel was going to lose it after Fantasy Suites and Clayton's decisions about sex and love, but it was obviously Susie whom those revelations destroyed.
"[I predict Rachel] loses it, and then who knows if they all walk away or how it ends -- or maybe he walks away because it was mainly Rachel," Peter reasoned.
"But I'm hoping that's not the case, but that's how I kind of think it ends. And then I could see either Susie or Gabby being the Bachelorette."
Considering Clayton revealed in late November he had found love, Peter believes that's further evidence Clayton may have leftThe Bachelor 26 without a girlfriend or fiancee.
"I saw an interview where he was like, 'Yeah, I fell in love.' And that was very shocking to me because normally you're not supposed to say that and give it away," Peter shared with Us.
"And I think it's gonna be more of he found himself, a self-love type situation, like, he learned a lot about himself, and he is really excited about progressing and finding something in the future. We will see."
Clayton has claimed he's "happy" despite the chaotic ending to his season
Clayton has said in the press how he's happy and in a good headspace after filming The Bachelor, with the exception of dealing with a lot of backlash and hate from fans.
"I definitely was not perfect. I did some things wrong," Clayton recently told Us Weekly.
But that doesn't mean Clayton has a desire to rewrite history or take any of his decisions back.
"I think for me, I realized that I can't say that I have any regrets because if I would've done things differently, would it have been my 100 percent authentic journey? And I think the answer to that is no," Clayton explained.
"So what I did and every moment while I was there was what I thought was right. Does that mean it was right? Probably not, no."
According to Carbone, Rachel and Gabby have no part of the ending and Susie did something viewers have never seen on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette before.
In his March 8 blog post, Carbone reported that Clayton proposed to Susie at the Final Rose Ceremony -- and she said "no" and rejected him!
"The Susie rejection of [Clayton]'s proposal at the end was not a 'F-ck you' from what I've heard," Carbone wrote on March 8, adding, "I have no idea what was said and the details of how exactly it went down."
Carbone heard that Clayton got down on one knee and popped the question, only to have Susie reject him and turn him down.
"But [Susie rejecting Clayton was] moreso in a 'I can't do this' manner than anything harsh or contentious," Carbone claimed.
However, in a subsequent March 14 blog post that he released only hours before Clayton's The Bachelor finale aired on ABC, Carbone reported that his prior information was wrong and Clayton did not propose to Susie before she rejected him.
According to Carbone's new posting, Clayton simply told Susie he was in love with her, but Susie then told Clayton that she was not in love with him and walked away.
In addition Carbone, citing a source who had seen the finale broadcast, reported that Clayton was the one who convinced Susie to return, and then after she returned he decided to end his relationships with Gabby and Rachel after previously convincing them to not quit following the events that occurred at the season's highly-promoted Final 3 Rose Ceremony.
Is there a chance Susie and Clayton reconciled after the Final Rose ceremony?
In his March 8 blog post Carbone claimed that based on everything he has heard, he believed Clayton is currently single.
Carbone stated he had not heard anything about Clayton and Susie getting back together or spending time together recently, and he also doesn't think Clayton tried to win Gabby or Rachel back.
"If there's anything happening post show with any of the women, it'd be with Susie, but I don't see it, nor has it ever been mentioned to me," Carbone revealed.
He also claimed Susie was reportedly a favorite to become the next The Bachelorette star.
If Susie had reconciled with Clayton or is strongly considering the possibility of giving Clayton another chance and dating him again, she wouldn't be in contention to become the next Bachelorette.
However, it's possible Clayton wants Susie back and she's deciding what to do -- either be with Clayton again or potentially star on Season 19 of The Bachelorette, which reportedly begins filming next weekend.
But Carbone said there's no confirmation Susie has been chosen as The Bachelorette star and so fans shouldn't run with that information.
"That's just the name I was hearing... I don't know who it is," Carbone said of the next Bachelorette. "[Producers must] make a decision soon, if they haven't already. If/when I hear, I will let you know."
However, in his new last-minute March 1 blog post, Carbone reported that he now has "no idea" if Clayton and Susie are currently together and acknowledged they may "have somehow rekindled" their relationship since the final Rose Ceremony.
"I've never been led to believe that Clayton is with Susie, and while I think he's single, I really have no idea if he is or not," he wrote.
Clayton has promised his season will have an ending
During a mid-March appearance on Kaitlyn Bristowe's "Off the Vine" podcast, Clayton shared how there will be a "definite answer" about how his season ends on Tuesday, March 15 when ABC airs The Bachelor: After the Final Rose, according to Us Weekly.
"Nobody has the slightest clue of what's going to happen," Clayton teased.
"Again, I'm online a lot, and I'll just say that I haven't even seen one person get it right. That's the way I'll tease it. Everyone's making these judgments, and no one was even close to correctly pinning what happened."
Clayton continued, "I would just tell people to reserve judgment until they see the full story and then I think people will understand why I've done everything that I've done."
And Jesse told Us recently that he "thought" he knew how The Bachelor was going to end once they wrapped filming in Iceland but now "we really don't know what's about to happen."
"Coming up on After the Final Rose on a two-night live event, I seriously don't know what is going to happen," Jesse said.
"We're literally walking into that sort of blind, and the producers are too, and we're just gonna see what happens. I'm excited. I'm also a little bit nervous because I just don't know where it's going to go."