[Bachelorette Spoilers Warning: This report includes spoilers that reveal who Clare picks as her winner and ends up with, whether they're still together, and what else unfolds on her "unbelievably unexpected" 2020 season ofThe Bachelorette.]
During The Bachelorette's October 13 premiere of Season 16, Clare eliminated eight bachelors and narrowed down her group of 31 suitors to 23 bachelors.
After a night of interesting introductions and a decision to give Dale Moss, a 32-year-old former college basketball and football player from Brandon, SD, her first impression rose during the season's opening cocktail party, Clare handed out roses to additional 22 guys at the first Rose Ceremony of The Bachelorette season.
The suitors Clare ousted at the first Rose Ceremony were 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.
In addition, 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 were also cut from the running for Clare's heart.
Several men made a big first impression on Clare, but Dale stood out of the pack and knocked Clare off her feet.
"I knew it... I definitely feel like I just met my husband!" Clare gushed to The Bachelorette crew members as she attempted to compose herself after Dale's introduction ended and he walked away.
Clare's "I knew it" comment appeared to be a reference to her prior admission that she had researched her previously-announced group of bachelors online after March's outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic forced the start of the production of The Bachelorette season to suddenly be postponed for four months.
"Yeah!" a beaming Clare replied. "Every other guy [I] felt confident with, but with Dale everything else went dark around me! I don't even know what I just said -- did I sound okay? Did I say anything at all??"
Yosef, a 30-year-old medical device salesman from Daphne, AL, was technically eliminated before a Rose Ceremony because he got into a nasty argument with Clare about not being involved in one of the group dates, according to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone.
Carbone wrote in his September 30 blog post that Yosef set "a horrible example" this season, especially considering the bachelor said he wanted to be a good role model for his young daughter back home.
"I'll be curious to see exactly what they show of his conversation with Clare (some of which we've seen in the promos), but I've been told it wasn't pretty," Carbone claimed.
"He called her names and [was] all around rude to her, so she kicked him off the show."
Before The Bachelorette season premiered, Harrison even teased on Facebook that Yosef was going to be a controversial character this season.
"[Harrison said], 'If something is on his mind, he's gonna say it,'" according to Carbone.
If the October 12 trailer for The Bachelorette released by ABC is any indication, Yosef will only provide SOME of the drama that will be shown on Clare's season.
In one clip, a man angrily shouted he had "expected way more from the oldest Bachelorette."
Clare then yelled at the cameras, "I'm the oldest Bachelorette that's 39, that's standing here, that's single, because I didn't settle for men like that!"
It's unclear, however, whether this loud man that brought Clare to tears was Yosef or someone else.
According to Carbone's September 30 blog post, Clare eliminated six additional The Bachelorette bachelors over the course of the second and third Rose Ceremonies of the show's currently-airing edition.
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, reportedly got cut.
And Clare also reportedly ousted the following guys: 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; and Zach Jackson, a 37-year-old cleaning service owner from St. George, UT.
Clare reportedly only participated in three Rose Ceremonies before her time on The Bachelorette came to an end.
Clare says she followed her gut and she's glad she did!
Although he's not 100 percent certain, Carbone believes Clare will only appear in four episodes this fall, before the show turns over to Clare's The Bachelorette replacement, Tayshia, who originally competed for Colton Underwood's heart on The Bachelor.
"There are good surprises," Clare 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 came onto the show knowing what she wants -- and she certainly proved that!
Clare reportedly fell hard and fast for Dale and then ended her time on The Bachelorette early.
Clare reportedly fell in love with Dale just 12 days into filming and wanted to pursue a real relationship with him instead of continuing to date other men at the same time.
The October 12 The Bachelorette trailer showed Clare in bed with Dale while another suitor lamented, "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 and they basically competing for second place.
"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."
Did it really only take Clare less than two weeks to fall in love with Dale? If so, how?
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.
Carbone reported Clare had "no pre-show relationship" with Dale, which support The Bachelor alum Michelle Money's prior claims.
Michelle, who is Clare's good friend, previously insisted that Clare followed the rules and didn't talk to any men before filming began in July.
"[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 she is reportedly now engaged to Dale, and recent reports say the pair are still 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.
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.
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.