Bachelorette spoilers: Who does Tayshia Adams pick and end up with on 'The Bachelorette'? Is Tayshia engaged? What happens in 'The Bachelorette' 2020 season's finale? (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/16/2020
Bachelorette spoilers unveil the ending of Tayshia Adams' 2020 The Bachelorette season -- including spoilers on her Final 4 bachelors, whom Tayshia picked as her winner, which guy finished in second place, and whether Tayshia got engaged at the Final Rose Ceremony!
Once Clare and Dale got engaged and left the show together, Tayshia took over as The Bachelorette star and was introduced to Clare's 16 "leftovers," who were cheated out of finding love, according to The Bachelorette host Chris Harrison.
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.
Clare also left the following guys behind: 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; and Jay Smith, a 30-year-old fitness director from Fort Lauderdale, FL.
And the rest of the bachelors were Joe Park, a 36-year-old anesthesiologist from New York City, NY; 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.
Four new guys also showed up to date Tayshia, and their arrival definitely made waves at The Bachelorette resort in Palm Springs, CA: 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.
Tayshia thought Spencer was "hot, hot, hot" right out of the limo, and she decided to give him the First Impression Rose. But Spencer failed to make a good impression on the other guys.
For instance, Riley joked during a group date about how Spencer had cracked some of his ribs during their aggressive Splashball faceoff in the pool on a group date, and Spencer replied, "If you need any more [cracked ribs], let me know."
"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."
Did Tayshia choose Brendan and get engaged to him?! Did another man step up and win Tayshia's heart? Keep reading to find out.
The Bachelorette's upcoming episode is set to air on Tuesday, November 17 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.
Tayshia will receive a special visit from Bachelor in Paradise couple Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon, who judge a group-date competition in which eight bachelors must show their strength and maturity.
One bachelor doesn't make a good showing but tries to impress Tayshia with an intimate moment.
And then "an unlikely duo" teams up against Chasen at the afterparty. Once Chasen is accused of joining The Bachelorette for the wrong reasons, Tayshia confronts him and asks for his side of the story.
"Refusing to give up, two hotheaded rivals try to pull Tayshia into the fray right before the Rose Ceremony," ABC teased of the next episode.
The second group date of the week features a bunch of guys being put through wrestling drills in preparation of a big match in front of the men who weren't invited on the date.
"The main event [is] when two archenemies step into the wrestling cage to settle their differences," ABC shared.
And when a surprising event happens, a "bold" man steps forward to claim an 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 revealed, adding that this bachelor's smooth move solidifies his place as Public Enemy No. 1 at La Quinta Resort Club.
Tayshia says unlike Clare, she didn't google her guys
Tayshia insists she did not google her cast of bachelors prior to meeting them on Night 1 of Season 16.
"I did not [cyber stalk]. I did not," Tayshia confirmed during a recent interview with Us Weekly.
"When I was in quarantine, I didn't think that this phone call [to be the Bachelorette] was ever going to come. At that point, The Bachelorette had started [filming]. I did look at the guys once they were first announced for Clare, but that was, like, months and months ago."
ABC released an initial cast of 32 potential bachelors for Clare all the way back in March, and Clare previously admitted she had researched some of those guys and checked out their social media accounts.
A revised list of 42 men was later released in July, and then after quarantine and COVID-19 testing, 31 guys actually appeared on Clare's season and got to date her.
Once Tayshia began her stint on the show, she had 20 men to choose from, including the four newcomers who never got to date Clare.
"I didn't really have the chance to look at them before [I met them], and I'm glad I didn't, to be honest," Tayshia said.
Tayshia expressed relief and satisfaction over beginning The Bachelorette process with no expectations or preconceived notions about any of the men.
"I just went into it just honestly giving it my all and leaning into the process and honestly being me," Tayshia shared.
"And I loved that I didn't know anything about them and they knew nothing about me. They didn't know who was coming through those doors. I loved it all. I thought it was amazing."
Tayshia admitted she was hesitant to sign on for The Bachelorette only because the cast of guys had initially signed up for Clare, but it apparently all worked out in the end.
"I couldn't have asked for, like, a better group of men. I've always said that I want an older, more mature man that has depth, and all of these guys have exactly that," Tayshia gushed to Us. "It was, like, perfect."
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 didn't reportedly 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 said she had told the men 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."
Are there 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 they would need to replace Clare 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.