Bachelorette spoilers: Who did 'The Bachelorette' star Tayshia Adams pick and end up with? Is Tayshia engaged? How does the 2020 season end? (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/12/2020
Bachelorette spoilers give away the highly-anticipated ending of Tayshia Adams' 2020 The Bachelorette season -- including spoilers on her Final 4, who Tayshia picked as her winner and runner-up, and if Tayshia got engaged to her final pick!
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; and Chasen Nick, a 31-year-old IT account executive from San Diego, CA.
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 decided to date Tayshia and give her a chance.
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.
Tayshia was introduced to 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.
The handsome Spencer received Tayshia's First Impression Rose, and then Eazy earned himself the group rose after a rambunctious game of Splashball in the pool.
But neither of those connections seemed to compare to what Tayshia realized she had with Brendan during her first one-on-one date of the season.
When Tayshia and Brendan enjoyed the first kiss in the pool after going horseback riding together, Tayshia gushed in a confessional, "Honestly, round me up, cowboy, because I am ready to go home with this man! I am telling you right now, Brendan is everything!"
And at the end of the date, Tayshia and Brendan watched a romantic fireworks display -- but they were really only watching each other.
"Kissing Brendan feels like I'm kissing my person. I feel really connected to him," Tayshia told the cameras.
"I don't know, I think I could marry him, which is so bizarre! I don't think I've felt this way ever. Today was just really magical... This is what I'm here for. I know I'm going to find the person I'm truly supposed to be with."
The Bachelor couple Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon pay Tayshia a special visit and judge a group-date competition in which eight suitors' strength and maturity will be put to the test.
One bachelor doesn't make a good showing and therefore creates a surprise intimate moment with Tayshia.
But the date takes a dramatic turn when "an unlikely duo" teams up against Chasen at the afterparty, accusing him of being there for the wrong reasons. Tayshia chooses to confronts Chasen about the allegations in order to hear his side of the story.
"Refusing to give up, two hotheaded rivals try to pull Tayshia into the fray right before the rose ceremony," according to ABC, as the rivals continue to squabble at the cocktail party.
For the second group date of the week, a bunch of guys will be coached by former four-time Women's Champion and WWE Hall of Famer Amy Dumas and current undefeated UFC fighter Tatiana Suarez through wrestling drills to prepare for a big match in front of the men who weren't invited on the date.
"The intensity of the bouts ramps up until the main event when two archenemies step into the wrestling cage to settle their differences," ABC teased.
When an unforeseen event happens, a "bold" man steps forward to claim the opportunity to battle for Tayshia's heart.
"His confidence in and out of the ring impresses the Bachelorette, turning the other men green with envy," ABC says, adding that this bachelor's smooth move solidifies his place as Public Enemy No. 1 atThe Bacheloretteresort.
When Entertainment Tonight asked how many times Tayshia said "I love you" on her season, Tayshia replied, "I say it multiple times."
Tayshia admitted she fell for "way more" guys than she thought she would, but she dodged questions about whether she professed her love to more than just one guy.
"I didn't know it was possible to fall in love with multiple people, but when you just really lean into the journey and really be vulnerable, you never know what can happen. And it happened to me," Tayshia shared.
Tayshia also revealed she's "happy" after filming the show with the right intentions and an open heart and she's "possibly" engaged and in love right now.
Tayshia confirmed in the interview her time on the show "lasted a few more weeks" than Clare's journey to find love.
"You just really see the men... And the guys are incredible," Tayshia teased of what's to come. "But they did make me cry and there are a lot of fun dates and a lot of twists and turns. It's a really good season."
Tayshia said her time on the show was much harder than she had ever imagined and the process was "really intense."
Carbone reported that Brendan chose to leave the show on his own, which may come as a surprise to viewers since he gushed about possibly spending the rest of his life with Tayshia on their first one-on-one date.
"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," Carbone explained in his blog.
"But I don't know exactly when Brendan eliminated himself."
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 Smith and Zac Clark 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.
However, Tayshia was reportedly trying to nurse a broken heart from Brendan leaving once she had two men left in the competition.
"From what I've heard, Brendan is who Tayshia wanted. And when he left, she was pretty distraught but still ended up picking somebody," Carbone reported.
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 ABC executive Robert Mills in a recent interview 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!'"
"When filming wrapped at the end of August, Tayshia had chosen Zac C. over Ben," Carbone reported.
But does that necessarily mean Tayshia found her happy ending?
Zac Clark and Tayshia reportedly didn't get engaged!
Although Tayshia picked Zac in the end, the couple reportedly did not get engaged.
Carbone reported in late September the conclusion of Tayshia's time on The Bachelorette may be surprising and unexpected.
"I do not think we had a normal ending with Tayshia's season," Carbone wrote in his blog.
The spoiler blogger did not provide specific details at the time, but the shocking ending could possibly be Carbone's early-November revelation that Brendan decided to quit and so Tayshia had to pick up the pieces after that with the two men left.
"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.
Tayshia has claimed she had told the guys she didn't want to get engaged
The Bachelorette star Tayshia Adams reportedly told her cast of bachelors while filming Season 16 she didn't want to get engaged at the end of her journey.
Tayshia felt the need to tell her suitors she wouldn't be ready for a marriage proposal by theThe Bachelorette finale, according to Us Weekly.
"I told them, 'I don't think I'm gonna get engaged at the end of this, I think I might just leave with a boyfriend or whatever,' and they [understood] and said, 'We're not gonna pressure you to do anything,'" Tayshia, 30, told the magazine's Bachelor Happy Hour podcast on Tuesday.
"You do what your heart wants, so I didn't ever really feel that pressure of, 'Oh my God, I need to find a husband right now.' So I just kind of lived my journey how I wanted to."
Although Tayshia's journey on the show didn't begin until a couple of weeks in due to Clare Crawley's initial stint on The Bachelorette, Tayshia assured Us that she had "enough" time with her group of guys.
"I don't really think I had too short of a time. That was a fear that I had," Tayshia said.
She continued, "I feel like if I had too much time, I might've done what Clare would've done, like, looked up all these guys on Instagram, kind of had an idea on who I wanted to talk to... And I loved that I didn't know anything about them and they knew nothing about me."
Tayshia said the guys "really showed who they are and what they had to offer" in the time they had together.
"[And] I did the same. When you know you know, I think," Tayshia shared. "Either you have an attraction to someone or you don't, and I feel like that's what I kept leaning into."
Spoilers about if Tayshia and Zac are still together now
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."
Considering Tayshia and Zac reportedly didn't get engaged, they don't have much of a commitment to uphold to one another when times get tough.
When did ABC know Clare needed to be replaced and Tayshia would be their next star?
Rob Mills 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.
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.
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.