In a departure from the show's traditional early January debut date, Season 27 of The Bachelor will not premiere on ABC until Monday, January 23, 2023 -- about three weeks later than The Bachelor has historically begun airing on the network.
Jesse gushed to E! News about how Zach is "very emotionally mature" and makes a great leading man of the franchise.
"Zach has been amazing. He's incredibly intelligent, he's mature," Jesse said.
ABC has yet to unveil Zach's official cast of bachelorettes, although the network had released 32 potential cast members in September.
Before filming began on September 26, Zach was introduced to five bachelorettes on The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose for Season 19, one of whom -- Brianna, a 24-year-old entrepreneur from Jersey City, NJ -- received a special First Impression Rose from America, who had voted for her as their favorite entrance among the five women.
"The women are there for Zach," Jesse shared. "They're really into him. He's super intentional."
He said he had pictured the flight instructor as "the future Mrs. Shallcross" and gushed to the cameras about how he was madly in love with her.
But Zach was thrown for a loop in his Fantasy Suite with Rachel, who allegedly became guarded and skeptical of whether Zach was ready to get engaged given his age. (He was 25 at the time he tapedThe Bachelorette, but Rachel is only four months older).
Feeling shocked and brokenhearted, Zach said his relationship with Rachel had done "a 180" and she was "inauthentic" and totally unlike herself in the Fantasy Suite.
Once Zach confronted Rachel about their awkward date and how it was clear he wasn't going to be her person, he self-eliminated at the Final 3 Rose Ceremony. He essentially beat Rachel to the punch before she could deny him a rose.
"One of the things I fell in love with was she made me feel, like, special. And I cared for her and I question if any of that was real or if that was just an act," Zach lamented in a confessional.
Zach apologized to Rachel on The Bachelorette finale for letting her feel like he had questioned her character.
Zach claimed that was never his intent, and Rachel also apologized for dragging Zach through an overnight date when clarity struck her only hours into it.
On The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose, Zach said he was "absolutely" prepared to give love another shot after Rachel crushed his heart.
Zach told Jesse that he spent time with his family after The Bachelorette, regrouped and centered himself.
"I really needed to take some time away and reflect and heal that broken heart, but really, what I learned from that experience was that I didn't change how ready I was," Zach shared.
"I am now more ready. That was almost fuel to the fire. I am ready to find my person and my best friend, and that breakup didn't deter it... I really want to walk away from this with someone for the rest of my life."