Bachelorette spoilers: Who did Katie Thurston pick as her 'The Bachelorette' winner and end up with? Is 'The Bachelorette' star engaged? Who are Katie's Final 4? (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/09/2021
Bachelorette spoilers have emerged revealing the ending of Katie Thurston's 2021 season of The Bachelorette-- including who Katie picked as her final winner and ended up with, if The Bachelorette star got engaged to her winning bachelor, and the identities of Katie's Final 4 bachelors.
[The Bachelorette Spoilers Warning: This report includes spoilers about The Bachelorettestar Katie Thurston's season -- including spoilers revealing who Katie picked as her winner and ended up with, who her Final 4 bachelors were, and if Katie got engaged.]
"I could see myself walking away with Blake at the end of this. There -- I said it! And it's the truth," Katie shared.
The Bachelorette star also dove deeper with Andrew S. and determined she could picture herself "walking away with" him as well at the final Rose Ceremony.
And First Impression Rose-recipient Greg Grippo, a 27-year-old marketing sales rep from Edison, NJ, admitted to the cameras, "I am falling in love with Katie" and said he would be "devastated" if she denied him a rose.
As for drama in the episode, the guys weren't happy about Blake's return and Hunter Montgomery, a 34-year-old software strategist from Houston, TX, showed his aggressive side during a brutally-physical game of "Bash Ball."
Michael Allio, a 36-year-old business owner from Akron, OH, however, scored a few extra minutes and points with Katie after getting tackled and hurt on the field.
In addition to Hunter, Michael A., Greg, Blake, and Andrew S., Katie's Final 12 bachelors at the end of the season's fourth Rose Ceremony also included Aaron Clancy, a 26-year-old insurance agent from San Diego, CA; Mike Planeta, a 31-year-old gym owner from San Diego, CA; and Justin Glaze, a 26-year-old investment sales consultant from Baltimore, MD.
The rest of the suitors still in the running for Katie's heart are Brendan Scanzano, a 26-year-old firefighter trainee from Toronto, Ontario, Canada; James Bonsall, a 30-year-old from New York, NY; Connor Brennan, a 29-year-old math teacher and musician from Nashville, TN; and Tre Cooper, a 26-year-old a software engineer from Covington, GA.
In the next episode of The Bachelorette airing Monday, July 12 at 8PM ET/PT, Katie will try to "keep it clean with a new -- and hard -- challenge," according to ABC.
One lucky man opens up to Katie with vows of his own in a ceremonious one-on-one date.
The former The Bachelorette stars are replacing Chris Harrison, who announced in February he'd be "stepping aside" from his hosting duties "for a period of time" to educate himself on a "profound" level after he'd publicly defended racially-ignorant and insensitive actions that had surfaced in The Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell's past.
Then, the day after Katie's The Bachelorette season premiered on ABC, the network announced Chris' departure would become permanent and he would not be returning to The Bachelor franchise.
"Tayshia and Kaitlyn can relate to Katie's journey in a lot of different ways, which you'll see play out, so it was nice to have them there to help out with whatever situation came up," a source told Us Weekly in late April.
"Tayshia had fun and loved doing it. She and Kaitlyn made a great team."
"They act professional, they're on time and are helping the franchise as much as they can in this funky situation," the insider revealed, although there was reportedly a learning curve.
Unlike Chris -- who had hosted the franchise ever since The Bachelor premiered nearly 20 years ago -- Kaitlyn and Tayshia reportedly had "to do a lot of retakes" during filming.
"It's a lot of memorizing lines," the insider continued. "They didn't have years of experience before hopping on. Scenes that could be done in one take with Chris can now take, like, two hours."
Chris initially came under fire when he called for "grace" and "compassion" for Rachael and also criticized the "woke police" and the "unbelievably alarming" response of anger and frustration to the young woman's offensive actions during an early-February Extra interview with The Bachelorette's first Black leading lady, Rachel Lindsay.
Chris' greatest offense seemed to be his dismissive attitude towards photos of Rachael that resurfaced from an antebellum-plantation themed "Old South" fraternity party at Georgia College & State University in 2018.
Chris apologized multiple times and told Michael Strahan on a March appearance on Good Morning America, "I plan to be back and I want to be back."
But Bachelor Nation seems conflicted over whether his reinstatement would send the right message considering viewers have been pleading for more diversity and racial equality in the franchise for years.
Like last year's The Bachelorette season and this year's The Bachelor season, Katie's entire The Bachelorette season was filmed at a single location. In this case, it was the Hyatt Regency Tamaya in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.
During taping, cast and crew were required to quarantine before filming began and then follow coronavirus safety measures throughout their time at the resort, according to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone.
Tayshia teased during a recent appearance on the Going to Bed with Garcelle podcast that the world will see something "fresh and new" with Katie's season.
"Those 3 I know," Carbone wrote in a May 13 blog posting.
"I'm not sure who the 4th guy is in the Final 4 yet. I've heard names but nothing I'm confident about. Those three I am."
However he later clarified some of his Final 4 info was wrong
Carbone changed Katie's Final 4 bachelors and revealed he made a big error in a June 3 blog posting.
"I've learned that I was wrong about John making Final 4. He didn't," Carbone wrote.
"He didn't even make Top 8. So all the people who emailed me telling me there's a ton of people convinced Katie's with John, sorry, but that's not the case. He's not in her Top 4, let alone her Top 8."
Carbone explained he was initially convinced John had made Katie's Top 4 -- and maybe even won her heart -- because Katie recently spent a weekend in San Diego with some of her Bachelor Nation friends.
"I started receiving emails that one of the places she tagged she visited, Duke's in La Jolla, was where John Hersey worked as a bartender. This led to even more people telling me that they were 100 percent convinced that John is who Katie chose, they're engaged, and that's why she went to that restaurant," Carbone shared.
"I never mentioned it until now because that story wasn't based in anything other than speculation and it never made sense to me. Well, I can report now there's nothing to it."
Carbone believes Katie is also social-media savvy enough to know better than to show up at the place where her winner works when ABC wants her to keep the season's final-rose recipient a mystery.
Two of Katie's Final 4 bachelors therefore remain a secret, however, the spoiler blogger seems convinced Blake and Greg definitely made Katie's Final 4.
Reality Steve then revealed the remainder of Katie's Final 4 bachelors
Carbone believes he has figured out Katie's remaining two Final 4 bachelors.
Carbone reported on June 6 he has discovered who allegedly joined Blake and Greg in Katie's Final 4 bachelors.
According to the spoiler blogger, Katie's Final 4 suitors is also comprised of Andrew Spencer, a 26-year-old pro football player who splits his time between from Vienna, Austria, and Chicago, IL, as well as Justin Glaze, a 26-year-old investment sales consultant from Baltimore, MD.
Katie has described her season as a "wild ride" and "roller coaster" with a big drop at one point, and during a June 30 appearance on Nick Viall's The Viall Files podcast, Katie confessed that she totally and completely got crushed while filming the show.
"Have you ever had your heart broken?" asked Nick, who hosted a group date earlier in the season.
"Oh, a thousand times. Okay, that's a little dramatic, but yeah, of course I've had my heart broken," Katie admitted. "On the season I had my heart broken! Spoiler alert!"
Nick was surprised by the news and therefore questioned, "So just to confirm, you felt legitimate heartbreak on this season? Your heart was broken?"
"You woke up the next day... and for a half a second you feel okay," he continued, "until you realize how f-cking sh-tty your existence is and your body swells up with anxiety... and you're just like, 'F-ck, my heart is broken!"
"Oh my God!" Katie replied.
"Am I wrong? If you've had your heart broken, you know exactly what I mean," Nick said.
"I get it, that's very intense and accurate -- but yes," Katie confirmed.
"That happened?" Nick asked.
"Yes," Katie repeated. "It's tough being the lead. People don't realize that. People are like, 'Did you have fun?' And I'm like, 'F-ck no, I didn't have fun!'"
Nick predicted Greg left the season -- despite his promise to stay -- or single dad Michael A. suddenly decided to return home to his child, but Katie remain tight-lipped and commended Nick for trying to get the spoiler out of her.
"Look, I got great guys. So you can only imagine sending these great guys home was very tough," Katie said.
Katie and the bachelor she picked as her winner got engaged
The Bachelorette promo ABC released on May 26 showed Katie crying and yelling at a camera, "I'm done! Someone book my flight home!"
But according to Carbone, Katie left the show happy and in a relationship.
And not only is Katie in a relationship, but she is reportedly engaged!
"I guess the biggest 'spoiler' I have for you is this: Katie is engaged. However, I don't know to who," Carbone wrote on May 13.
However, Carbone said he had yet to learn the identity of Katie's The Bachelorette winner.
"I know you may ask, 'How can you know she's engaged but not know who to?'" Carbone continued. "Trust me, it's possible. I'm just not gonna give up sources on that, so yeah, it's possible to know one and not the other."
The spoiler blogger, however, had no doubts that Katie accepted a marriage proposal at the end of her journey to find love on The Bachelorette's seventeenth season.
"Katie definitely got engaged at the end of this," Carbone insisted in his blog.
"And unless she breaks up before the finale, which I guess anything can happen, but she's happy and engaged as we speak, so I'd expect that to last."
Carbone wrote in a June 22 blog posting that he felt "very close" to knowing Katie's fiance.
The spoiler blogger confirmed, despite recent speculation, that Andrew S. did not win Katie's heart, and that only left him with three possibilities -- Justin, Blake and Greg.
Carbone said he was also extremely close to determining which two of those three bachelors didn't win.
"I just need certain confirmations before running with the winner this season," he explained. "While I've been able to correct wrong reveals in the past, it's not fun having to do that."
Carbone continued, "So I'd rather have it right from the get go rather than reveal something I'm not totally 100 percent on and have to go back and correct."
The very next day, Carbone revealed the alleged winner of Katie's season and whom she got engaged to.
On June 23, Carbone wrote, "I don't know how the Final 4 shakes out just yet in terms of who goes home when... [but] Katie is engaged to Blake Moynes."
"Maybe some people will be surprised by this, and maybe some won't," Carbone wrote, "but I was able to get it confirmed."
Carbone, however, would not provide a percentage to describe how sure he is of his latest report.
"That never does me any good," Carbone explained. "Sure, I expect there to be doubt like every season. All I can say is it's been about a 7 week process since filming ended to get this info, and I'm very confident in what I've been told."
Carbone insisted he has received "actual proof" that Katie did not get engaged to Andrew S., Justin, or Greg.
"All signs pointed to Blake due to process of elimination, but I still didn't feel comfortable reporting Blake because nobody had actually told me 'Katie is engaged to Blake.' I also hadn't been told that she DIDN'T pick him either," Carbone shared.
"Just hadn't heard anything regarding Blake until this past weekend I got my first 'She's with Blake' info, then yesterday, got the confirmation I needed."
Carbone therefore confirmed Katie is with Blake and they're engaged.
Other than Katie accepting a marriage proposal from Blake, Carbone is unsure about the timing of the engagement as well as the couple's current relationship status -- although he assumes they are still together.
Carbone said he's now looking into details on how Katie's season ended exactly, play by play, from her Final 4 to her engagement with Blake.
So are Blake and Katie still together?
Katie previously told Us Weekly that she believes "everything happens for a reason" when teasing how her season ended, and she confirmed she is "happy" now.
Considering it's not rare or abnormal for a Bachelor or Bachelorette couple to break up shortly after filming the finale -- like in Arie Luyendyk Jr. or Hannah Brown's case with their winners -- fans are probably wondering if Katie is currently happy single or in a relationship.
While Carbone previously just assumed Blake and Katie are still together after getting engaged on The Bachelorette, he gave fans the confirmation they've been waiting for in late June.
"I just know that Katie got engaged to Blake at the end of filming and they're still together," Carbone wrote June 23 on Instagram.
At this point, The Bachelorette viewers can therefore expect Katie and Blake to appear on The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose together as a happily-engaged couple.
Blake had felt he and Katie could end up engaged from the start
When Blake asked to join Katie's The Bachelorette season, he made it very clear that he was ready to get engaged if his relationship with Katie lasted all the way to the end of the show.
"He really felt passionately you guys would be an amazing match," Tayshia told Katie during The Bachelorette's June 29 episode, before Katie met Blake face to face for the first time.
"I think he's an amazing guy and I truly feel like he is someone that has good intentions... I know you're not here for somebody that's not going to get down on a knee at the end of this, and I really feel like he can be that person for you."
Tayshia insisted Blake was genuine and would accept Katie for who she is.
When Katie and Blake met, Blake apologized for throwing "a wrench" into her plans but said he was "intrigued" by her openness, boldness, confidence and playfulness on Matt James' season of The Bachelor.
Katie -- who revealed Blake had sent her a DM on Instagram prior to filming The Bachelorette -- called Blake "very handsome" and seemed giddy, although she questioned his intentions having dated two The Bachelorette stars before her, both Tayshia and Clare Crawley.
"If you stay, I will now be your third Bachelorette. And I'll be honest, in the house, there's been a lot of drama regarding who's here for the right reasons and who's not, and so that's still fresh on my heart," Katie explained.
Blake said he completely understood that and wished he could have met Katie under different circumstances.
"This is the last place I want to do this," Blake said.
"The risk of me looking like a complete idiot is high, but the reward is so much greater than that risk. You are beautiful, but everything else you bring to the table, you check boxes that no one else has."
Blake added, "It just comes down to the fact that I would 'what if?' and regret forever if I didn't do this."
Katie admitted there could "maybe" be something between them, suggesting she already felt chemistry with Blake, but she feared letting her other bachelors down and disappointing them.
"I promise you that if it came down to the end and we connected in a way that I think that we might, we would be engaged at the end of this," Blake assured Katie.
"I didn't come here to disappoint, and I wouldn't do that to you. That's just not me."
Katie smiled big and called Blake "a troublemaker," but he said that could be a good thing.
After careful consideration, Katie allowed Blake to join her cast of men, and clearly the wildlife activist lived up to his word!