Your Guide to All the Wild Sh*t That Happened on Clare Crawley’s ‘Bachelorette‘ Season

Mehera Bonner
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From Cosmopolitan

Remember back in March? HA HA HA, me neither, but that’s when Clare Crawley was announced as ABC’s newest Bachelorette. Since that fated day, a lot has happened—including but not limited to a global pandemic and significant changes in the Bachelor franchise in response to calls for increased diversity. But also, Clare quit The Bachelorette and potentially got engaged to contestant Dale Moss after *checks notes* 12 days of knowing him. On top of that, ABC recast Clare with Tayshia Adams, and a whole bunch of Bachelor alums infiltrated the Palm Springs set, prompting fan theories (okay, fine, just my personal theory) that Bachelor Nation could have filmed a secret new show. If all this has left you confused and/or spiraling as you flop around in a sea of rose petals, let me go ahead and lay it out for you:

March 2, 2020

Clare is officially announced as ABC’s next Bachelorette! The big reveal goes down on Good Morning America and Clare says she wants a man “who will take off his armor” and “open himself up and be vulnerable.” DALE MOSS, YOU LISTENING?

June 23, 2020

Clare admits to googling her suitors, telling the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast, “Obviously. What woman wouldn’t? Are you kidding me? I will say this. At first, I really didn’t. I really did not and it was because, I don’t know. I just kind of felt like I want to get to know them and regardless, I know how my Instagram is. It’s a piece of my life….You have to see and feel it in person and so regardless of what their life is and what it looks like on their Instagram, it’s nice to actually see them in person and I am huge on pheromones, so that’s like the end for me.”

July 30, 2020

Reality Steve reveals that Clare gave Dale her first-impression rose on-set of The Bachelorette. Intrigggggggguing

July 31, 2020

A Reddit post, later shared by Reality Steve, claims that production is having “problems” with Clare, and that Tayshia Adams is being called in as the new Bachelorette:

“On Monday, I got some messages saying that production is having a lot of problems with Clare during filming. Among other things, she canceled everything that was supposed to happen that Saturday before, and they called in a new Bachelorette. They are recasting her with Tayshia. Tayshia is already quarantining at the hotel and they should be taking her phone on Friday (today). The plan is for her to call back some guys that have already been eliminated.”

Meanwhile, Life & Style reports that Clare had such a “deep connection” with Dale that she quit after 12 days, leaving production “blindsided” and "scrambling." Also, she “refused to come out of her room” to film with other men, lol.

August 3, 2020

Life & Style is back at it, reporting that Clare and Dale are casually engaged. After 12 days of dating. I repeat: 12 days. On top of this, Reality Steve tweets that a big fireworks display went down at the resort where The Bachelorette is filming, which fans speculate could be the show celebrating Dale and Clare’s engagement:

This same day, Clare Likes a tweet about Tayshia replacing her....

August 4, 2020

While Reality Steve says there’s no confirmation Dale and Clare were talking before the show...

A People source reveals that Clare fell for “one of her potential guys” (wow, wonder who?) when filming was delayed all the way back in March.

“One of her potential guys found a way to get in touch with her and they began talking,” the source said. “By the time filming officially began, they were basically already in love. No one else stood a chance. It just became so obvious from her subsequent few dates that her heart wasn’t in it and she just wasn’t feeling it. Then she said she wanted out.”

In other words, it looks like Clare broke some rules and started talking to Dale way ahead of schedule.

August 5, 2020

Clare’s close friend Michelle Money wanders into this mess with a plot twist, INSISTING that Clare and Dale never once exchanged texts or DMs. “Clare Crawley never spoke to Dale before filming,” Michelle says on her Instagram Stories. “That is 1,000 percent factual information. Never happened, fake news. She was impressed by his social media account. But never DM’d, never texted, never talked. 1,000 percent fake news.”

August 6, 2020

A flood of former Bachelor Nation stars start showing up on-set, prompting me, bored at home with almost nothing to do but spiral into reality TV conspiracy theories, to wonder if ABC is secretly filming a new show. Some quick pieces of evidence for you (JUST LET ME HAVE THIS):

(1) Becca Kufrin is spotted on The Bachelorette set, wearing the same green bracelet that members of production are wearing.

(2) @newsnextdoor spots Sydney Lotuaco on what looks like set, also wearing the green bracelet:

Photo credit: Instagram
Photo credit: Instagram

(3) Ashley Iaconetti is also spotted on set due to the REFLECTION in her GLASSES:

Oh, and meanwhile, Hannah Ann is spotted on set with the world’s biggest suitcase, just saying!

August 7, 2020

Things continue to get progressively weirder due to reports that Clare and Dale have been whisked away to some “private home.” According to a source at OK! Magazine, the couple will be staying there "until the show debuts" and “it has been made perfectly clear that if either Clare or Dale want to be considered for Dancing With the Stars—which is the natural progression—or any other future with the network, they will do what they are told to do!” Um...okay.

September 1, 2020

ABC leans into all the rumors and speculation by dropping a promo of Clare and Dale fully making out. Here it is over and over and over again! Enjoy!

September 30, 2020

Reality Steve shares some simply SCALDING tea, claiming that they always planned to replace Clare with Tayshia and even went so far as to plant the seed to leave in Clare's head. Per Steve, "this was in productions plan before Clare’s season started. They knew Clare would be removed at some point during this season and replaced as the Bachelorette by Tayshia. Did Clare know? No. Did the guys know? No. But production sure as hell did."

October 12, 2020

In an exclusive People clip, we see Clare and Dale meet for the first time and the sparks. They fly. By which I mean, Clare legit says "Oh, man. I definitely feel like I just met my husband. I'm shaking!"

Obviously, this is an ongoing SAGA that shows no signs of slowing down, so head back here for more updates as we have them.

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