Hello and good morning to my fellow Bach Nation snobs and Reality Steve stans, because today we finally (!!) have a spoiler for who the next Bachelor will be. AHEM, IF YOU CHOOSE INNOCENCE OVER VIOLENCE TODAY, PLEASE READ NO FURTHER! However, if you absolutely, positively need the scoop now (hi, me), then get a load of Reality Steve’s prediction below—but not before looking at this truly *chef’s kiss* GIF that perfectly encapsulates me running to all my group chats with the news:
🚨 I repeat: Spoilers on the next Bachelor are beyond this point! 🚨
Earlier today, Reality Steve posted on his Twitter, “As we know, plans can always change last minute and it won’t be ‘official’ until next Tuesday on the ‘ATFR,’ but I feel confident in reporting that the next Bachelor is going to be Zach Shallcross.” *massive pause for dramatic effect*
(SPOILER): As we know plans can always change last minute, and it won’t be “official” until next Tuesday on the ATFR, but I feel confident in reporting that the next Bachelor is going to be Zach Shallcross. pic.twitter.com/jnh4zY2hci
— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) September 14, 2022
Have you recovered? Not really?! Okay, same, it’s all good.
A refresher: This week’s episode picked up with Zach asking Rachel Recchia to talk ahead of the rose ceremony after a preeeeetty rocky overnight date where he told the colead that he didn’t think he was seeing “the real Rachel” but rather the “Bachelorette version” of her. Oof!
“I felt like the ‘concerns with the age part’ was a complete blindside,” the tech executive mused. “It’s kind of hard to wrap my head around it. I did really love you. I saw a future with you, but I need to go.” Rachel then said that although she wished the two could’ve “gotten there,” they both knew it was pretty much over, and she sent Zach packing before handing out final roses to Tino Franco and Aven Jones. Oof x 2!
After the devastating elimination, Zach said the response “felt so cold. I thought, maybe, that I meant more.”
“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,” he added before the show cut to Rachel live alongside Jesse Palmer, as the two waited to see Zach for the first time since his exit. Luckily, he didn’t pull a Hayden and immediately apologized for suggesting the pilot wasn’t being authentic.
“I just want to say that I do apologize for ever making you feel like I called you out for your character,” he began. “That’s the last thing I wanted. I was kind of in shock and disbelief in what was happening between us. I am so sorry.” Rachel responded by saying the goodbye “was really hard for me to watch back” because her feelings for Zach were “real.”
And if the episode couldn’t be any more of a tearjerker, when asked whether he had any regrets about how it all went down, Zach said no because he’ll “never forget” his memories with the Bachelorette: “I really just hope you are happy and I want the best for you, always.” Tear ducts: activated.
I really and truly cannot WAIT to see whether Reality Steve is right (although ya gotta give it to him, he usually is ¯\_(ツ)_/¯) and the 26-year-old *actually* ends up becoming the next Bachelor. Honestly though? Would also be kind of intrigued if it were Meatball, just sayin’!
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