Clare set her sights on Dale, a 32-year-old former college basketball and football player from Brandon, SD, during Night 1 of the process, and she showed her cards when she decided to give him the First Impression Rose and then invite him on a group date the next day.
Although Clare has been shown going on dates and trying to get to know her other bachelors, Clare can't seem to get Dale out of her head -- and she's having trouble focusing on conversations with other suitors who have invested their time and energy into her.
"He shows up. He has it and he has the way. It's not even the second Rose Ceremony yet, but I am so falling in love with Dale," Clare confessed to the cameras.
Clare also admitted to former The Bachelorette star DeAnna Pappas -- who paid Clare a surprise visit at La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, CA -- "Oh my gosh, this might be the shortest season ever."
During an afterparty in the latest episode, Clare ran off with Dale with nearly an hour and had a steamy makeout session with him in her bedroom while her other bachelors patiently waited for just a few minutes with her.
The guys started to feel like Clare was only interested in Dale and they were all competing for second place.
"I feel like I'm wasting my time in being here," Kenny Braasch, a 39-year-old boyband manager from Chicago, IL, told the guys. "It feels like they're already dating and we're just f-cking around here. That's how I feel."
After a group of men roasted Dale on a group date, Clare decided to give the date's rose to herself, almost to stick it to the guys for making fun of her self-declared "fiance." (Clare surprisingly called Dale her "fiance" when talking to producers behind the scenes).
"She doesn't really care about anyone else or is giving anyone else a fair [shot] besides Dale. This process is supposed to be for Clare to find a husband. Well, if she already found it, then what are we doing?" Kenny vented.
"She's obviously not giving anyone else a chance anyway. If you want to be with Dale, go be with him now and we'll all go home. If you've already got a boyfriend, what the f-ck am I doing here?"
Kenny added, "If you really want [Dale], if you want to get crazy, then let's get f-cking crazy. How about the rest of us walk out?"
Did the guys quit on Clare or did she quit on them to be with Dale?
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Sixteen of Clare's remaining 17 bachelors feel hopelessly confused about where they stand with the Bachelorette considering it appears Dale already stole the show.
"Chris Harrison pays Clare a visit and cautions her that her journey cannot continue on its current path, only to have her make a stunning revelation," ABC teases, which is likely where The Bachelorette host tells Clare that she has "blown up The Bachelorette."
Chris then tells Clare's cast of guys what's going on and reveals Clare has canceled the cocktail party and subsequent Rose Ceremony, what was supposed to be the third Rose Ceremony of the season.
Clare embarks on an unprecedented path to happily-ever-after and formulates a plan to share her deep feelings with Dale over a romantic dinner.
Clare finds out whether Dale feels the same way about her as the pair are serenaded by The BachelorPresents: Listen To Your Heart winners Chris Watson and Bri Stauss with their song "Found You."
"What occurs next has never happened in the 40 combined seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette," ABC says. "Everything that occurs next is completely unprecedented."
Chris then sits down with Dale and lets him know where Clare stands and what she hopes will be the outcome. Chris encourages Clare to follow her heart, and then Clare approaches Dale to explain what's in her heart.
After the pair come to a conclusion or agreement, Chris announces the news to Clare's 16 other men, seemingly admitting Clare no longer wants to date any of them.
However, Chris offers the guys a second chance at love, presumably with the new The Bachelorette star, Tayshia, who is waiting for them.
Tayshia was featured for the first time at the end of Tuesday night's The Bachelorette episode. She looked stunning in a sexy bikini, teasing her entrance.
"There are good surprises," Clare recently told People about what will unfold on TV.
"And there is so much that happens that people don't even know about and I just can't wait for everyone to watch and see."
She added, "I'm a woman who really listens to my gut. And it didn't lead me astray."
Clare reportedly doesn't host another Rose Ceremony on the show
Zach Jackson, a 37-year-old cleaning service owner from St. George, UT, got eliminated during a one-on-one date in the latest episode, and Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone said he was the last guy Clare sent packing during her time on the show.
Carbone wrote in his blog he had wrongly reported that Clare participated in three Rose Ceremonies this season and ousted Jordan Chapman, a 26-year-old software account executive from New York, NY, at some point.
"Every guy left after Clare eliminated Zach J. ends up meeting Tayshia, in addition to 4 new guys brought in," Carbone reported on his Instagram account.
Tayshia therefore had 20 guys to date when her portion of The Bachelorette season commenced.
The 16 men who reportedly compete for Tayshia after Clare leaves include Ben Smith, a 29-year-old Army Ranger veteran from Venice, CA; Bennett Jordan, a 36-year-old wealth management consultant from New York City, NY; Blake Moynes, a 29-year-old wildlife manager from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Brendan Morais, a 30-year-old commercial roofer from Milford, MA; and Chasen Nick is a 31-year-old from Walnut Creek, CA.
According to Carbone, Tayshia will also meet Demar Jackson, a 26-year-old spin cycling instructor from Scottsdale, AZ; Uzoma "Eazy" Nwachukwu, a 29-year-old sports marketing agent from Newport Beach, CA; Ed Waisbrot is a 36-year-old from Pittsburgh, PA; Ivan Hall is a 28-year-old from Dallas, TX; and Jason Foster, a 31-year-old former pro football lineman from Arlington, VA.
Jay Smith, a 30-year-old fitness director from Fort Lauderdale, FL; Joe Park, a 36-year-old anesthesiologist from New York City, NY; Jordan; Kenny; Riley Christian, a 30-year-old attorney from Long Island City, NY; and Zac Clark, a 36-year-old addiction specialist from Haddonfield, NJ, also reportedly stick around.
Twelve days was reportedly all it took for Clare to fall in love with Dale
Clare reportedly quit The Bachelorette in 12 days and decided to pursue a real relationship with Dale instead of continuing to date other men at the same time.
Clare previously admitted she had researched some of her 32 potential suitors who were announced back in March, before filming got postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
(A revised list of 42 bachelors was released by ABC in July, and then the final and official cast of 31 bachelors for Clare's The Bachelorette season was unveiled in late September).
"There were definitely a lot of emotions," Clare told People of her season being postponed. "It was stressful. But there were also honestly so many pros to it getting shutdown."
Given The Bachelorette didn't begin filming until mid-July, Clare had a total of four months to google some of the men and scan their social-media accounts, including Dale, who was one of 17 original cast members announced back in March to appear on Season 16 and date Clare.
"Clearly during that time, she fell for Dale," Carbone said of Clare, adding that Dale was her frontrunner on Season 16 from the moment he stepped out of a limo.
But Clare supposedly didn't communicate with Dale or get to know him prior to production commencing.
Carbone reported Clare had "no pre-show relationship" with Dale, which supports The Bachelor alum Michelle Money's prior claims.
Michelle, who is Clare's good friend, previously insisted that Clare followed the rules.
"[There was no] talking, texting, etc between Clare and Dale. [But] Clare clearly had a frontrunner in her head going into filming, and that was Dale," Carbone wrote in his blog.
Clare also told Us Weekly in early October she never even considered reaching out to any of the guys.
"I knew that this was going to happen eventually where I was going to get the chance to meet these guys," Clare said.
"I didn't want to kind of prejudge anybody and shoot myself in the foot by having these conversations and putting that at risk, because, it's like, you only really know when you meet them in person and it can actually be around their pheromones to see them in person to know, do we have that connection?"
"So if I was to start something up with a guy beforehand, it would just be doing myself a disservice... I'd be putting it all on the line for that? I mean, that makes no sense to me," she elaborated.
Clare's reportedly made the right decision for herself in choosing Dale
Clare is reportedly engaged to Dale, and recent reports claimthe pair are still in love.
Clare was spotted wearing a diamond ring on her left hand while walking through her hometown of Sacramento in October, but Clare later set the record straight on social media that she often wears a ring she had purchased for herself to symbolize self-love.
Carbone wrote in his September 30 blog that production knew all along, from even before filming began, that Tayshia would replace Clare as the show's star at some point in the season.
"I can report to you that this was in production's plan before Clare's season started. They knew Clare would be removed at some point during this season and replaced as the Bachelorette by Tayshia," Carbone reported.
Producers could reportedly tell from the get-go Clare was smitten with Dale.
"Production 'knew' Clare and Dale were gonna end up being a thing based on pre-show conversations, knowing that this season might be boring because of the one location shoot, they decide to have Tayshia 'ready' to go once Clare and Dale went down," Carbone explained.
Production reportedly didn't think Clare would be able to hide her feelings about Dale and put on a show for the cameras for weeks.
"So I guess the question comes down to, what would you have rather her do? Fake it for a whole season with guys she wasn't nearly as into, or, decide to leave with Dale once they realized they wanted to be with each other?" Carbone wrote in his blog.
"Did Clare know? No. Did the guys know? No. But production sure as hell did."
Carbone added, "So Clare falling for Dale early... this was gonna be their 'twist' from this season."
According to Carbone, producers proactively brought Tayshia to La Quinta Resort & Club to begin quarantining nine days after Clare began filming the season.
Many fans are apparently starting to believe Clare didn't leave The Bachelorette on her own accord due to her strong feelings for Dale and desire to be with him.
The Bachelorette fan Marietou Sangare attempted to defend Clare's portrayal on the show and tweeted, "I think they were trying to force her out on some real. It was reported that she quit 12 days after filming and she locked herself in her room and wouldn't come out, which was hard to believe considering how bad she wanted it."
According to Us Weekly, Clare "liked" the tweet, which continued, "They had Tayshia quarantined 9 days after Clare started filming. They wanted to remove Clare. And I just don't think it's fair."
"And I really feel like they are giving her a bad edit (just my opinion). They are feeding into the narrative and the rumors and making it seem like it was Clare's decision that this ended and I feel like that's not the case."
In an additional tweet liked by Clare, Marietou went on to say, "Production knows exactly what they were doing. They've never had a lead just 'quit' and with how excited and how bad Clare wanted this, I doubt it. They were ready with a back up and as soon as they found out that Clare was into Dale it was a wrap."
"Don't you see with how the last two episodes have been produced, there's no drama and the drama that they've shown has been dramatized and fixated to make Clare look a certain type of way," Marietou added.
"Production has control over literally everything. They know what they're doing."
Michelle recently had Clare's back in telling Us that Clare has received a bad edit and production is doing Clare dirty by making it seem like Clare neglected all of her bachelors except for Dale.
Marietou had apparently used Carbone as her reference for the information in her tweets.
Clare also reportedly "liked" a tweet shutting down rumors she and Dale communicated before meeting on Night 1 of The Bachelorette's sixteenth season.
"The rumours of them talking before hand are false I rather believe Clare and Dale's sister when they said they was no contact," the tweet read, according to Us. "I'm hoping they are together because they are both great together."
ABC has revealed when producers realized Clare needed to be replaced on the season
ABC executive Robert Mills told former The Bachelor star Nick Viall on his The Viall Files podcast the group date in which men roasted Dale and Clare decided to give herself a rose was the telltale sign the 39-year-old hairstylist was sold on Dale and her mind probably wouldn't change.
"The guys are starting to be in revolt. It was a combination of Clare sort of [being] fixated on Dale, and those shots with producers, we don't really like to show [them] because it's breaking the fourth wall. Especially now, we've tried to show less and less, if at all -- if possible," Rob explained.
"And we had to show that scene where she's just like, 'That wasn't funny.' So you can see what's going through Clare's head."
Nick asked Rob whether Clare opted to leave the show on her own or producers thought to themselves, "We can't get through this whole season, the way this is going."
"I just wonder... if we had done a regular season with travel, maybe it would've been [different]," Rob wondered.
Given Clare still had six more weeks of filming at the same location, La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, CA, Rob figured, "At that point, maybe [Clare] was like, 'I just can't fake it through this.'"
"I think it was just this one person that she believes -- I mean, she said it, 'I think I met my husband,'" he added. "I think she just couldn't keep doing it anymore. I think she was sort of going crazy a little bit."
Rob said it was "a big worry" that the entire The Bachelorette season was just going to be Dale and Clare from "from Episode 1 to Episode 10."
Harrison assured ET that producers didn't go into her season with some type of Plan B.
"It was all really about Plan A, and it was all about, 'What do we do with this season with Clare, and where do we go with that?'" Harrison explained.
"Really, it was about Clare and her decisions. It's her decisions that you're gonna see -- well, you saw obviously, in Tuesday's episode. I really put it in her court, it is completely up to her."
He added, "I like for you to see everything and then you can judge, but in my humble opinion, I really feel like you'll see next week, it's her call where we go from here."
When Dale stepped out of a limo and spoke to Clare for the first time, she said she felt like she had just met her husband, and she appeared to be dizzy and overwhelmed with excitement.
"The first night, I went in more of just to capture that moment and lean into that moment,'" Harrison recalled of his surprised reaction to Clare's big revelation on Night 1.
"I kinda thought, 'This'll be good because we won't be going in this direction in just another week or two, and this'll be interesting that she was falling so hard for this guy and felt so strong, yet here we are on this other path.' That tends to be what happens."
However, the storyline didn't play out as Harrison had anticipated.
"That's not what's happening here, and that was just the tip of the iceberg, and it's only gone more severe in that direction," Harrison told ET.
"So, I go back to that and I wanna go, 'Wow, okay, maybe she was onto something and maybe she really did feel that strongly.'"
Harrison acknowledged he had "never seen a lead fall that hard that heavy" on the first night of filming.
"I've had lead say, "Wow, I'm really blown away. I really like that person,' and end up with that person in the end, but it was not a just out and out, 'Let's just stop this right now'-type of a feeling," The Bachelorette host explained.