There’s no denying that 2020 has been one shit show of a year. Which apparently is rolling over into the entertainment landscape. The Bachelorette was forced to shut down production before the start of Clare Crawley’s season, which after four months finally resumed production at a California resort.
But that was all normal compared to what’s happened since filming began in mid July.
First, reports started to surface of Clare leaving the show midway through the season after she reportedly fell in love with a contestant early on. Although, there were reports that Clare and Dale had been speaking before filming began during the COVID-19 quarantine.
Then this mysterious promo, which ABC unveiled last Monday, is cloaked in black and never actually shows Clare’s face. Which makes sense given that this season will feature not one, but two Bachelorettes.
With rumors swirling that Clare found love early with a contestant on the show — someone she had talked to during quarantine before her season actually began — there were reports that Tayshia Adams of The Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise fame was being brought in as her replacement.
Even Clare herself was spotted liking a tweet mentioned a rumor about Tayshia taking over as Bachelorette before quickly unliking it after word got out.
While all of this was far from normal, then came the weird part. Apparently, former Bachelor star Hannah Ann Sluss and former Bachelorette Becca Kufrin were spotted at The Bachelorette‘s current filming location.
What does this mean? Is Tayshia still taking over for Clare? Could they be bringing in Hannah Ann to be the new Bachelorette? Is Becca going to get a chance to find love again? Or is this all one big, utter distraction?
At this point, it all feels like a wild goose chase. But it feels like Tayshia will in fact be the new Bachelorette in Clare’s place. The only question is: Why were Hannah Ann and Becca spotted at the filming location?
While The Bachelor franchise has never been able to dodge spoilers in this modern era, the spoilers at this point seem to be fueling even more questions that can only be answered with the start of the new season.
The Bachelorette‘s new season will air — eventually — on ABC.