Katie, a 30-year-old bank marketing manager from Lynnwood, WA, was announced as The Bachelorette's next star on The Bachelor: After the Final Rose special for Matt James' The Bachelor season in March.
"I'm ready to find love, and not just, like, the temporary kind. I'm talking forever, my husband, and I'm in a place in my life where I feel like I'm the best version of me," Katie said.
"Honestly, I've seen this work before; why can't it work for me?"
Katie was eliminated from Matt's The Bachelor season before hometown dates, but she made a lasting impression on Matt and viewers with her raunchy humor. She also put an end to bullying in the house and took pride in being unapologetically herself.
According to ABC, Katie will experience "a whirlwind first evening" during her The Bachelorette season's Night 1 cocktail party, with former Bachelorettes Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams on-hand to guide and support Katie as replacements for Chris Harrison, who will not be hosting the season.
At the end of the night, 23 lucky bachelors will remain to toast the new The Bachelorette star.
Katie's The Bachelorette season began filming on March 22 and wrapped production only a month later "ahead of schedule" on April 24, according to an Us Weekly source, because Katie was "in control" and decisive over the men she wanted to date or send packing.
The Bachelorette's seventeenth season will debut on ABC with a two-hour premiere on Monday, June 7 at 8PM ET/PT.
In the meantime, let's learn more about Katie's impressive group of suitors who will be competing to win her heart and hopefully become her future husband.
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