Bachelorette Spoilers: What happened on 'The Bachelorette' star Clare Crawley's 2020 season? Who is Clare's winner pick and are they still together now? (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/16/2020
The Bachelorette spoilers reveal what unfolds on Clare Crawley's incredibly dramatic portion of Season 16, as well as who Clare picked and ended up with and if the couple is still together now.
[Bachelorette Spoilers Warning: This article features spoilers that reveal who Clare picks as her winner and ends up with, if they are still together, and other details of what unfolds on Clare's "unbelievably unexpected" 2020 season ofThe Bachelorette.]
Clare told People it was "a magical evening" and "amazing" that all of those men were there for her, and she believed her husband was definitely in the group.
But eight of Clare's 31 bachelors left disappointed on Night 1 after Clare denied them roses.
Those eight men included AJ Jalawan, a 28-year-old software salesman from Playa del Rey, CA; Chris Conran, a 27-year-old landscape design salesman from Salt Lake City, UT; Jeremy Higgins, a 40-year-old banker from Washington, District of Columbia; and Jordan Manier, a 30-year-old cyber security engineer from Santa Monica, CA.
Clare also eliminated Mike Tobin, a 38-year-old digital media adviser from Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Page Pressley, a 37-year-old chef from Austin, TX; Robby Stahl, a 31-year-old insurance broker from Tampa, FL, and Tyler Cottrill, a 27-year-old lawyer from Morgantown, WV.
That left 23 guys in the running for Clare's heart.
Clare ousts seven more bachelors after going on dates
According to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone's September 30 blog post, Clare sent home seven more men over the course of the season's first two rounds of dates -- the second and third Rose Ceremonies of Season 16.
Those seven men included Blake Monar, a 31-year-old male grooming specialist from Phoenix, AZ; Brandon Goss, a 28-year-old from Cleveland, OH; and Garin Flowers, a 34-year-old professor of journalism from North Hollywood, CA.
The rest of the eliminees were Jordan Chapman, a 26-year-old software account executive from New York City, NY; Tyler Smith, a 36-year-old music manager from Georgetown, TX; Yosef Aborady, a 30-year-old medical device salesman from Daphne, AL; and Zach Jackson, a 37-year-old cleaning service owner from St. George, UT, according to Carbone.
Clare was reportedly only a part of three Rose Ceremonies in total before she left the show.
The Bachelorette host Chris Harrison even teased on Facebook recently that Yosef will be a controversial character this season, adding, "If something is on his mind, he's gonna say it," according to Carbone.
In the October 12 trailer for The Bachelorette released by ABC, a bachelor that appeared to be Yosef angrily shouted that he had "expected way more from the oldest Bachelorette."
There's definitely drama during Clare's short-lived portion of The Bachelorette, with Clare saying in the trailer she was still single at the time because she had refused to "settle for men like that."
Clare says she followed her gut and it didn't steer her wrong
"There are good surprises," Clare told People about what will unfold on her season. "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's time on The Bachelorette reportedly ended prematurely because she fell in love with Dale 12 days into filming and wanted to pursue a real relationship with him instead of continuing to date multiple men at once.
The October 12 trailer showed Clare in bed with Dale while another suitor appeared to lament, "I just don't know how you can be so sure so quick."
However, The Bachelorette trailer seems to suggest Clare's season may have ended early because some of the men actually decided to walk away since they could blatantly see that Clare wanted Dale.
"Let's get f-cking crazy! How about the 15 of us walk out?" one bachelor said in the preview clip.
"In the 18 years I've been doing this show, we've never dealt with anything like this," Harrison subsequently told the group of men.
Another suitor then noted, "I didn't expect the process to be cut short," before a man questioned, "I don't know what this means -- do we get a new Bachelorette in here?"
There was shock amongst the men and tears from Clare before Harrison told the Bachelorette, "This path doesn't end well -- for you, for the guys, for anybody. Congratulations, you've just blown up The Bachelorette."
In another trailer broadcast at the conclusion of The Bachelorette season's premiere on October 13, Clare was shown gushing about Dale further.
"I have feelings for Dale, we have a connection," she said. "Guess what? It's because I like him! It's happening!"
"I know what I'm looking for. I know what I want. And I found it."
Clare was also shown confessing her feelings to Dale.
"Every time I wake up, I think about you," she told him during an apparent date. "And when I go to bed at night, I think about you."
So what caused Clare to fall for Dale in such a short amount of 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'sThe 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 reportedly didn't talk to Dale or get to know him prior to filming The Bachelorette
Carbone reported Clare had "no pre-show relationship" with Dale, supporting the claims of Clare's good friend and The Bachelor alum Michelle Money, who insisted Clare never communicated with Dale prior to meeting him face-to-face on Night 1 of the show.
"[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 appears to have made the right choice for herself, because it's been widely reported that Clare and Dale are now engaged and remain in love.
Carbone couldn't confirm the engagement news, but he believes it's true.
"This season you'll get a Clare and Dale love story... I do know they're still together, and probably engaged. Do I know for a fact they're engaged? No. But I assume they are based on things I've heard," Carbone reported.
Following Clare's The Bachelorette departure, the season's remaining men reportedly stuck around to date Clare's replacement, Tayshia, who was also introduced to several brand new bachelors to date.
"As far as I know, none of the guys left the show once Clare left and Tayshia came in," Carbone claimed.
However, Carbone has insisted Clare never really "quit" the show on her own or "locked herself in a room" because she didn't want to date any of the other men after falling for Dale.
Carbone also disputed sources' claims The Bachelorette producers were left frantic and "scrambling" over how to proceed with the show after Clare allegedly blew up The Bachelorette.
Clare's early The Bachelorette exit was allegedly producers' plan the whole time
Carbone insisted 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 mid-season.
Producers could reportedly tell in Clare's pre-production interviews that she was crazy about Dale and would probably develop strong feelings for him that she wouldn't be able to hide as filming progressed.
"The reports that came out during filming of production being caught off guard, Clare putting them in a tough spot, they didn't know what to do, etc. is all BS," Carbone wrote.
"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.