Bachelorette Spoilers: How does Tayshia Adams' 'The Bachelorette' journey end? Who did Tayshia pick as her winner and end up with? Is she engaged? (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/10/2020
Bachelorette spoilers have leaked out revealing how Tayshia Adams' time on The Bachelorette's 2020 season ends -- including spoilers disclosing Tayshia's Final 4 bachelors and her Final 2 men as well as who Tayshia picked in the end and whether she's now engaged!
[Bachelorette Spoilers Warning: This report contains detailed spoilers about Tayshia Adams' The Bachelorettejourney on the 2020 and will spoil the season for viewers.]
(Clare has recently "liked" tweets suggesting production forced her off the show -- which Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone and her friend Michelle Money agree with -- but show host Chris Harrison has insisted Clare had "complete control" of her season and was "certainly not" kicked out of her role).
Once Clare and Dale started a life together, Chris had to pick up the pieces and break the news to Clare's remaining men that their Bachelorette was engaged and done with the dating process.
Chris apologized to the guys for their investment in Clare since they were dumped so early in The Bachelorette process.
Chris admitted to Clare's remaining guys they had been "cheated" out of finding love, and so he explained another woman would be brought to La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, CA, for them to date.
Chris gave the guys a chance to quit and leave, saying there would be no shame in that, and then the men had a full day to think things over and arrive at a decision.
Later that evening, all 16 of Clare's "leftovers" put their suits on and awaited the new The Bachelorette star, who was about to pull up in a limo and introduce herself.
The 16 men included Bennett Jordan, a 36-year-old wealth management consultant from New York City, NY; Ben Smith, a 29-year-old Army Ranger veteran from Venice, CA; Blake Moynes, a 29-year-old wildlife manager from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Brendan Morais, a 30-year-old commercial roofer from Milford, MA; Chasen Nick, a 31-year-old IT account executive from San Diego, CA; and Demar Jackson, a 26-year-old spin cycling instructor from Scottsdale, AZ.
Ed Waisbrot, a 36-year-old health care salesman from Miami, FL; Ivan Hall, a 28-year-old aeronautical engineer from Dallas, TX; 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; and Joe Park, a 36-year-old anesthesiologist from New York City, NY, also showed up.
And the rest of the bachelors were Jordan Chapman, a 26-year-old software account executive from New York, NY; Kenny Braasch, a 39-year-old boyband manager from Chicago, IL; Riley Christian, a 30-year-old attorney from Long Island City, NY; Uzoma "Eazy" Nwachukwu, a 29-year-old sports marketing agent from Newport Beach, CA; and Zac Clark, a 36-year-old addiction specialist from Haddonfield, NJ.
"Gentleman, your new Bachelorette is on her way here right now. That's right. You guys have a brand new Bachelorette. This woman is incredible. She is smart, independent, stunningly beautiful and really kind and charismatic," Chris explained.
Tayshia said she was prepared to have difficult and honest conversations with the men, and she said this moment felt "meant to be," even though some of the guys might have been heartbroken over Clare leaving.
Tayshia then walked in to meet her bachelors, and ABC executive Robert Mills teased to Variety in a recent interview that the guys were "so excited" and "overjoyed" to see Tayshia become the new leading lady.
The Bachelorette producers believed Tayshia and Clare have similarities the guys would be drawn to.
"I don't think they're as different as you might think on the surface," Rob said when comparing the two women and what they bring to the table.
"Tayshia had been through a divorce, so I think there is a lot of maturity that comes with that, and she is super serious about settling down, just like Clare was, so it actually did not seem like a huge stretch for these guys."
Rob added, "Also, you have to remember that we cast a lot of guys that weren't necessarily announced for Clare because she was announced as The Bachelorette so late, so some of these guys would have been there for someone else that was chosen as the lead, anyway. It all ended up working out incredibly well, even though it provided some hurdles at first."
Tayshia fans have been worried she got stuck with Clare's "leftovers" when she began filming her portion of the show, but more men were added to the cast once Tayshia started her stint as the Bachelorette, which sparked a little drama.
Carbone reported on September 30 that the four new men who were brought in to date Tayshia were Spencer Robertson, a 30-year-old from La Jolla, CA; Montel Hill, a 30-year-old from Hingham, MA; Peter Giannikopoulos, a 32-year-old from Everett, MA; and Noah Erb, a 25-year-old from Tulsa, OK.
Spencer, Montel, Peter and Noah were reportedly required to quarantine for two weeks while Clare filmed her part of The Bachelorette, before they were brought in for Tayshia.
Spencer reportedly received Tayshia's coveted First Impression Rose.
Carbone also reported it's a possibility Gary Briggs and Karl Smith may have competed for Tayshia, although the spoiler blogger is not sure whether the two men will ever appear on Season 16.
Gary and Karl were two of Clare's 42 potential suitors who quarantined before production commenced in July.
During the next episode, Tayshia asks Brendan to accompany her on her first one-on-one date of the season, but he was apparently keeping "a secret" about his past relationship.
"Although he is eager to make a deeper connection, he is worried that baggage from a past relationship might put an end to his romantic prospects before the night is over on The Bachelorette," ABC teased in a press release for the upcoming episode.
As for Tayshia's first group date, a pool party resulted in two teams competing in a game of splash ball to win extra time with Tayshia.
"The physical game grows heated between two of the men, spilling over to the after-party. Will it ruin her romantic evening? She offers her group date rose to one thrilled bachelor," ABC teased.
"Meanwhile, what does one guy do with all the feelings he still has for Clare? Can he have those same emotions about Tayshia? He decides to reveal his tortured state of mind to the Bachelorette, surprising her with a late-night visit."
Also during the next episode, Clare and Dale will be shown sitting down with Chris for a heart-to-heart about their relationship. Chris will ask Clare and Dale to reveal once and for all whether they communicated prior to filming the show.
"You will see [more of Clare]. You haven't seen the last of Clare after Episode 4," Rob told Variety.
"She stayed. We kept her in quarantine so that she could have some happy couple time with Dale, and we also didn't want her home because it would confirm that she was home and not filming Bachelorette anymore."
Carbone reported that Brendan chose to leave the show on his own.
"His family was the only one that didn't show up for hometown dates... Brendan's divorce was finalized just over a year ago, and apparently that played a big role in why he left," Carbone wrote November 4 on his blog.
"Guess he just wasn't ready to jump into another relationship."
Carbone, however, is unsure of whether Brendan left the show at Final 4 or Final 3.
"Seemingly you'd think that if [Brendan]'s family didn't show up for hometowns (all other 3 had family and/or friends show up at La Quinta to meet Tayshia), then she would've eliminated him at that point, leaving Ivan, Zac C., and Ben as your Final 3. But I don't know exactly when Brendan eliminated himself," Carbone explained in his blog.
It therefore remains unclear as to whether Brendan or Ivan finished in third or fourth place.
Although Carbone reported in late September that he had heard Brendan and Ivan were Tayshia's frontrunners, the spoiler blogger claims Ben and Zac C. finished the season as Tayshia's Final 2 bachelors.
Carbone heard around the time filming wrapped in late August that Ben's sister Madalynn was bragging to people about how her brother had finished in Tayshia's Final 2.
"I know that Ben and Zac C. are Tayshia's Final 2," Carbone wrote on Instagram.
Desiree appeared to fall in love with Brooks Forester on her season, but Brooks suddenly decided to leave the show and walk out on Desiree during the last week of filming.
Desiree apparently got her heart broken and wasn't sure whether she'd be able to continue with the process, but she ended up getting engaged to Chris Siegfried in the finale. Many fans then criticized Desiree for ending up with her second choice.
When Variety asked Rob to tease Tayshia's time on the show, he said, "It's just as emotional as Clare's, but in a totally different way."
"Tayshia really allowed herself to fall in love with multiple guys. It's always such a roller coaster," Rob shared.
"At the end, there are a lot of heartbreaking, devastating moments. There's not really a villain. It's more like, 'I want her to end up with him. Wait no, I want her to be with this guy!'"
An engagement may not have happened because Tayshia had already given her heart out to Brendan -- or simply due to the fact Tayshia's journey to find love on the show was shorter than a typical season.
"I was told Zac was the one who opened up to her the most and professed his love, whereas it was much tougher for Ben, so ultimately she picked Zac," Carbone claimed.
Carbone said he's not sure where Tayshia and Zac's relationship stands now and anyone's guess is as good as his own.
"Some people have told me they aren't together, some have told me they still are but it's not that solid, and some have said it's never gonna last," Carbone wrote.
"She's a SoCal girl who wants to be an influencer. He runs a sober living facility in NY. So that's where we are right now."
When did ABC know Clare needed to be replaced and Tayshia would be their next star?
Rob told Variety that after filming Episode 3 of The Bachelorette's sixteenth season, it was pretty obvious Clare wouldn't be able to fake it with the other guys since her mind was so focused on Dale.
Rob and the other producers were thinking to themselves, "How do we make this a horse race?"
"We have to keep people invested for 10 weeks, and they're just going to see her wanting to be with Dale. She made other connections with other guys -- she was okay kissing them and there was definitely a lot of great drama and all of the typical things that you like on The Bachelor," Rob explained.
"But our one big worry was that we wanted to make sure that she really wanted to be with Dale and wouldn't make another connection with someone else. But by Week 3, she was really emotional over it and she was crying and there were real feelings there."
Rob also said "the guys had checked out" by that point and were "just sort of done."
"They're stuck in this one place -- it's not like we could travel and have that to look forward to -- so the bubble was starting to close in on itself... The guys felt a little spurned that they're going all in for Clare," Rob said.
"They've left their jobs to be there, they've quarantined there, it's insanely hot in Palm Springs, and they never really had a chance because Clare only had eyes for one guy. You just go with instinct at that point."
By the end of filming Episode 3, Rob recalled, "The producers started discussing like, 'What would happen if she wants to leave with Dale?' And that's when the producers thought that maybe we should reach out to Tayshia."
The producers had previously met with Tayshia because she was in consideration to star on The Bachelorette's sixteenth season.
"We had met with her earlier and told her that this time, it's going to be Clare," Rob told Variety in his recent interview.
"So since [Clare and Dale] was so unexpected, she came in and basically said, 'You never know when things are going to shake up in your life.' And we are so lucky that we ended up getting two all-time Bachelorettes."
Rob clarified of producers' decision to switch the lead, "There really wasn't the luxury of time, so it was really instinctual."
Rob also insisted replacing Clare with Tayshia was a "roll of the dice" and never a pre-meditated situation, which Carbone had previously claimed. (Carbone said producers knew all along Tayshia would take over for Clare at some point).
Rob said the fact people are questioning the validity of Clare and Tayshia's storyline is "insane."
"You just think, 'Oh my gosh, I swear we didn't plan this,'" Rob insisted.
News of Tayshia's participation first shocked the world on July 31 when a spoiler about her replacing Clare was posted on Reddit and then Carbone tweeted there was "some serious validity" to the posting.
Entertainment Tonight subsequently confirmed on August 3 that Tayshia became the new star of The Bachelorettebut Clare's short journey to find love would also be featured on the show this fall.
Tayshia was widely reported to be a frontrunner for The Bachelorette's Season 15 leading lady, but the position ultimately went to Hannah Brown.
Tayshia therefore appeared on last year's edition of Bachelor in Paradise, where she fell in love with John Paul Jones but dumped him before the season concluded.
While the couple briefly reconciled and began dating in the real world after leaving Paradise, Tayshia and John Paul ultimately split in October 2019.
Just days before Clare was announced as The Bachelorette star earlier this year, Tayshia admitted to ET that she would be "ready" for the gig.
"I have to say, anything that comes my way, I am ready for," Tayshia shared in late February. "I am ready for love!"
The Bachelorette's new season was originally supposed to have filmed in March and premiered on May 18, but global health restrictions in light of coronavirus had shut down nearly all Hollywood productions.