'The Bachelorette' star Clare Crawley on Season 16: So much happens that people don't even know about, you'll see!
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/10/2020
The Bachelorette star Clare Crawley is teasing that if viewers think they know everything that happened on her season and how it ended, they are wrong!
The Bachelorette host Chris Harrison hinted on social media in late August production of Season 16 had wrapped, and Clare's season of the show is set to premiere Tuesday, October 13 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC, pending the schedule for the NBA Finals.
It's been widely reported Clare fell in love with bachelor Dale Moss, a 31-year-old model and former college basketball and football player from Brandon, SD, just 12 days into filming the season and decided to quit the show to pursue a real relationship with him.
"There is so much that happens that people don't even know about and I just can't wait for everyone to watch and see," Clare told the magazine.
The Bachelorette's new season was originally supposed to have begun filming in March and premiered on May 18, but global health restrictions in light of coronavirus had shut down nearly all Hollywood productions.
After being announced as The Bachelorette star in early March, Clare had to wait about four months before production began in mid-July at La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, CA, where the season filmed in its entirety due to quarantine regulations and travel restrictions.
Clare, however, said filming at one location was actually "the best part" of her journey.
"I've been through this before," said Clare, who competed on Juan Pablo Galavis's season of The Bachelor before looking for love on several spinoffs.
"But you take out all the travel and traditional Bachelorette experiences and it was so much more unique. And at the end of the day, I'm not your traditional Bachelorette."
Clare ended up meeting a final cast of 31 bachelors, who showed up on Night 1 desperate to impress her.
"It was very surreal to be standing there in the midst of a pandemic and to know that all these men were here for me," Clare said. "I was overwhelmingly grateful."
The anticipation for Clare's season is high considering fans have had to wait so long for the franchise to return and Harrison has teased the season is "wild," "bizarre" and "unbelievably unexpected" with a "turbulent" and "tumultuous ending."
(However, new The Bachelorette spoilers from Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone claim otherwise).
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 was the new star of The Bachelorette but Clare's short journey to find love will also be featured on the show when it airs this fall.
Harrison, however, won't confirm that Tayshia stepped into Clare's shoes and took over the leading role, even though Tayshia was photographed filming on the set this past summer.