Bachelor spoilers: New 'The Bachelor' spoilers surface about how Clayton Echard 'The Bachelor' season ends -- Who did he pick as his winner and end up with? (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/11/2022
Bachelor spoilers revealing new details about the alleged ending of Clayton Echard's The Bachelor season have surfaced -- including new spoilers revealing if Susie Evans returns, whether Chayton picked Susie, Rachel Recchia or Gabby Windey as his winner, and if Clayton ended up engaged to his final pick or walked away alone.
The Bachelor airs its Season 26 finale as a two-night event on Monday, March 14 at 8PM ET/PT followed by a Tuesday night broadcast on March 15 that also begins at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.
At this point in Clayton's journey to find The One, Clayton is in love with three women: Gabby, a 30-year-old ICU nurse from Denver, CO; Rachel, a 25-year-old flight instructor from Clermont, FL; and Susie, a 28-year-old wedding videographer from Virginia Beach, VA.
However, Susie left the show after discovering Clayton had slept with both Rachel and Gabby in the Fantasy Suites. Susie was also devastated to hear that while Clayton loved her "the most" out of his Final 3 bachelorettes, he still felt love for the other women.
Susie, wanting to be Clayton's one and only in order to feel good about possibly accepting a marriage proposal in one week, expressed how she couldn't see herself moving forward in the process due to Clayton's apparent willingness to jeopardize their strong relationship.
But just as it appeared Susie was going to quit the show, Clayton essentially beat her to the punch and determined he was "done" with her because he didn't think she viewed their relationship as something worth fighting for and saving.
Clayton has since been accused of gaslighting Susie during their breakup conversation.
Now that only Gabby and Rachel remain and the women are unaware that Susie had been Clayton's first choice, what happens next?
Did Clayton choose a winner and did he propose marriage to someone?
Fans will soon find out if Clayton's mistakes were forgivable or whether he left the show alone and brokenhearted.
Previously-eliminated bachelorette Sierra Jackson told Clayton at The Women Tell All, "Speaking on the fact you fell in love with three women... a few of us have been able to hear about what goes down and how messy it gets.
"And I want to know exactly who are you to act a certain way and treat these women a certain way and subject them to this kind of behavior of yours? What did they do to deserve it?"
Clayton responded that he couldn't prep for it and just reacted the way he "thought was appropriate."
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Teddi Wright, apparently knowing details about the finale, told Clayton at the end of The Women Tell All that she hoped he's "okay."
Keep reading for all the spoilers out there about Clayton's season and how it reportedly ends.
Gabby and Rachel apparently flip out over Clayton's love for three women
As a preview for the two-night finale showed, Clayton addresses Gabby and Rachel at the Rose Ceremony following Fantasy Suite dates in Reykjavik, Iceland.
With two roses on a podium, Clayton proceeds to announce, "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 says 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."
Clayton said while he's an imperfect human and made some wrong moves, "I did everything under my volition and what I thought was best."
"And so for that, I'm like, 'You know what? You stayed true to yourself, and you developed some battle scars along the way, but that's just what life is,'" he shared.
Clayton's winner has finally been revealed!
When Carbone reported in a March 8 blog post that Susie left Clayton after their overnight Fantasy Suite date in Iceland, he said she never technically left Iceland or the show for good.
Susie, at some point, was reportedly "convinced" to return, either by producers or Clayton, because she was present for the Final Rose Ceremony.
"The only thing I think I know, is that Final Rose Ceremony day, only Susie was there," Carbone reported.
"I haven't heard anything about there being a Final 2 and he chose Susie over someone else."
The details of how Gabby and Rachel exited the show remain unveiled -- including whether the women quit on their own accord or Clayton denied one or both of them roses in Iceland.
However, Carbone reported that Susie was the only woman at the Final Rose Ceremony and so she was Clayton's winner.
Susie breaks ground and makes history on The Bachelor this season
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.
Clayton reportedly proposed marriage 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 reported 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.
Is there a chance Susie and Clayton reconciled after the Final Rose ceremony?
Based on everything he has heard, Carbone believes Clayton is currently single.
Carbone has 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.
Susie is also 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."
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."