Bachelorette spoilers: Who did 'The Bachelorette' star Katie Thurston pick and end up with? Is she engaged? What happens on 'The Bachelorette's 2021 season? (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/11/2021
Bachelorette spoilers giving away what happens on Katie Thurston's 2021 season of The Bachelorette have surfaced -- including spoilers about drama Katie will face, who finished as Katie's Final 4 bachelors, and whether The Bachelorette star got engaged to her winner at the end of her journey!
The guys certainly impressed with both funny and sweet entrances. Tre Cooper, for example, popped out of a ball pit in the back of a pickup truck, and "Connor the Cat" showed up dressed in a cat costume.
Andrew Spencer faked a British accent, and James Bonsall sat in the gift box all night at the cocktail party until Katie was ready to open the box and meet him.
But the best first impression of the night went to the shy and seemingly sincere Greg Grippo, a 27-year-old marketing sales rep from Edison, NJ, who came across extremely nervous in his first conversation with Katie and gifted the Bachelorette a macaroni necklace his niece had created.
"I appreciate you opening up... I do feel something is there, and once we can get past those nerves, I feel like a great guy is under there!" Katie explained, hoping to give Greg some validation and confidence.
Greg kissed Katie after receiving the rose, and he said he couldn't wait to spend more time with her.
"I can't believe I got this! I can't believe I just got this!... I am so in it," Greg exclaimed while blushing. "Let's do it!"
Katie gushed about how most of her men were incredibly handsome and she felt so lucky to meet them all.
But at the first Rose Ceremony of the season, Katie eliminated Jeff Caravello, a 31-year-old surgical skin salesman from Jersey City, NJ; Gabriel Everett, a 35-year-old entrepreneur from Charlotte, NC; and Austin Tinsley, a 25-year-old real estate investor from Mission Viejo, CA.
She also sent the following men packing: Brandon Torres, a 26-year-old auto parts manager from Queens, NY; Landon Goesling, a 25-year-old basketball coach from Dallas, TX; Marcus Lathan, a 30-year-old real estate broker from Portland, OR; and Marty Hargrove, a 25-year-old dancer from Reno, NV.
Katie narrowed down her 30 bachelors to 23 suitors by the end of Night 1.
"I don't have a Top 2 right now -- I have a Top 22," Katie confessed after the first Rose Ceremony of her season. "I'm excited for what's to come."
According to ABC, Episode 2 will be a "jam-packed week" that will give the suitors "a literal wake-up call."
Katie and one lucky man will go on a charming camping date, and it appears a group date will help the Bachelorette determine, "Who is the greatest lover of all time?"
So what did happen on Katie's The Bachelorette journey to find her perfect match, and will this turn out to be "the most dramatic season ever?" Did Katie leave the show brokenhearted -- as previews have suggested -- or did she leave the show as an engaged woman?
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.
After Clare quit The Bachelorette's sixteenth season early because she had fallen in love with her immediate frontrunner, Dale Moss, Tayshia took over the reins and then eliminated Blake in the process of determining her Final 4 suitors.
"I believe he gets an early rose," Carbone wrote in a May 13 blog posting, "thus making him look like an early favorite."
Katie apparently didn't want to deal with the drama because Carbone says she will be shown eliminating Thomas in the third or fourth episode.
But the drama doesn't stop with Thomas
Aaron Clancy, a 26-year-old insurance agent from San Diego, CA, and Cody Menk, a 27-year-old zipper sales manager from San Diego, CA, reportedly found themselves entangled in tension.
Given they are both from the same city, Carbone claims Aaron and Cody "definitely at least knew of each other and ran in the same friend circle," if they never met face to face.
Carbone reported that early in the process, Aaron went to Katie and told her Cody was "a party guy" who didn't sign up for the show with the right intentions of finding love with Katie.
Cody supposedly found out about this and confronted Aaron with frustration.
"I don't think it got physical, but, Cody ended up either getting eliminated in that moment or at the next Rose ceremony. Aaron went home a couple -- one or two -- episodes later," Carbone wrote in his May 13 blog posting.
"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."
But then he clarified he was wrong about one of the Final 4 bachelors
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.
And then he revealed the rest of Katie's alleged 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.
"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, apparently has 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."