Everything You Need to Know About “The Bachelorette”

  • Aug 11, 2021
  • Daniel Tynski
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As a spin-off of the reality dating show, “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette” premiered on Jan. 8, 2003. Today, the 17-season series has 170 episodes and attracts 3.1 million viewers. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about this reality dating show.

“The Bachelorette”: The Basics

This ABC series adopted the rules of its parent show, “The Bachelor,” but revolves around a single woman. Generally, there are 25 to 30 eligible men who fight for the heart of one bachelorette. 

The first two seasons of “The Bachelorette” were filmed at a home in Los Angeles County, California. The later seasons were filmed in Agoura Hills, California, in a house called “Villa De La Vina.” Beginning with season five, the third and following episodes are filmed across the globe. Episodes have been filmed in the U.S., Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, and Turkey. 

For 18 years, “The Bachelorette” has taken center stage and attracts fans from all over the world. In fact, there are five adaptations of the show in Romania, India, Germany, Switzerland, and Australia.

Format

Like “The Bachelor,” this series revolves around a single person. In this case, the Bachelorette has a pool of eligible bachelors to choose from. Unlike its parent series, though, “The Bachelorette” makes a final selection out of two men who propose to her. Additionally, all seasons of “The Bachelorette” have ended with a proposal so far.

Host, Previous Bachelorettes, and Other Show Personalities

Learn about the past, present, and future of “The Bachelorette” by reading this list of hosts and influential bachelorettes. 

Hosts include:

  • Chris Harrison: For 16 seasons, Chris Harrison was the host of “The Bachelorette.” A day after the 17th season aired, though, Harrison was permanently removed from the series. In February 2021, Harrison excused the actions of a cast member, stating he wasn’t the “woke police.” He later backpedaled, saying, “By excusing historical racism, I defended it.” The controversy erupted after he commented on an Antebellum-themed party Rachael Kirkconnell attended when she was 18. 
  • Tayshia Adams: Adams, who was a contestant on the 23rd season of “The Bachelor” and starred as the Bachelorette for season 16 of the series, rejoined Bachelor Nation for the 17th season of the show. Tayshia Adams co-hosted alongside Kaitlyn Bristowe once Harrison was removed. 
  • Kaitlyn Bristowe: Bristowe, who was a contestant on the 19th season of “The Bachelor” and starred as the Bachelorette in season 11, returned to Bachelor Nation for the 17th season of the show. Kaitlyn Bristowe co-hosted alongside Tayshia Adams once Harrison was removed.

Previous Bachelorettes include:

  • Trista Sutter: The first bachelorette, otherwise known as Trista Rehn, married Ryan Sutter. The pair met during season one of “The Bachelorette.”
  • Rachel Lindsay: In June 2020, fans of the show petitioned for ABC to address the unequal treatment of cast members of color. Season 13 Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay — who at the time was the only black lead on “The Bachelorette” — spearheaded the movement. As a result, ABC promised to cast more people of color.
  • Hannah Brown: Brown, who was the Bachelorette for season 15, was proposed to by Jed Wyatt.
  • Becca Kufrin: Kuffrin was engaged to Arie Luyendyk Jr. from “The Bachelor,” but the relationship failed. She later became the Bachelorette and was proposed to by Garrett Yrigoyen. 
  • Clare Crawley: Crawley, who appeared on season 16 of “The Bachelorette,” recently celebrated her one-year anniversary with Dale Moss. 
  • Katie Thurston: Season 17’s Bachelorette is a 30-year-old bank marketing manager. She was on season 25 of “The Bachelor” but was eliminated in week six.

Where to Stream “The Bachelorette”

“The Bachelorette” is available to be streamed on Discovery Plus, fuboTV, HBO Max, Hulu, Apple iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, VUDU, and Google Play.

“The Bachelorette”: A Breakdown of Each Season

With 17 seasons and an 18th on the way, “The Bachelorette” series is full of love, drama, and even a bit of heartbreak. Here’s a breakdown of all 17 seasons:

Season One

The very first season of “The Bachelorette,” which premiered on Jan. 8, 2003, featured Trista Rehn, who had been rejected by Alex Michel from the first season of “The Bachelor.” Then 30-year-old Rehn was a physical therapist. Rehn accepted Ryan Sutter’s proposal, and they were married on Dec. 6, 2003, on television. They have two children together and are still married.

Season Two

The second season of the reality dating show aired on Jan. 14, 2004. Meredith Phillips, the then 30-year-old makeup artist, was on season four of “The Bachelor.” She accepted Ian McKee’s proposal and was engaged. By February 2005, the couple had split.

Season Three

Season three of “The Bachelorette” premiered on Jan. 10, 2005. Jennifer Schefft, a then 30-year-old publicist, was on season three of “The Bachelor” and was rejected by Andrew Firestone. Season three of “The Bachelorette” was particularly historic, as Jennifer Schefft became the first and only bachelorette to reject all of the bachelors. 

Season Four

Season four of the series aired on May 19, 2008, and featured DeAnna Pappas. Pappas, a then 27-year-old real estate agent, had been on the 11th season of “The Bachelor” with Brad Womack. DeAnna Pappas accepted a marriage proposal by Jesse Csincsak. After setting the date for the wedding, they, unfortunately, split up.

Season Five

The fifth season of the series premiered on May 18, 2009. Featuring then 29-year-old interior designer Jillian Harris, 30 eligible men appeared on the series. Not only did an additional five men appear this season, but it was also the first season of “The Bachelorette” that featured a non-American woman. Jillian Harris, a Canadian, accepted a proposal from Ed Swiderski, but the pair broke up.

Season Six

Season Six aired on May 24, 2010. Ali Fedotowsky, a then 25-year-old advertising account manager, had been a contestant on the 14th season of “The Bachelor.” Roberto Martinez proposed to her and she accepted the proposal. The pair were engaged but broke things off.

Season Seven

The seventh season featured Ashley Herbert. Herbert, a then 26-year-old dental student, was on the 15th season of “The Bachelor.” Her season aired on May 23, 2011, and ended with her accepting J.P. Rosenbaum’s proposal. The couple married on Dec. 1, 2012, and have since had two children together.

Season Eight

Season eight of “The Bachelorette” featured Emily Maynard. The season aired on May 14, 2012, and featured the then 26-year-old event planner at a children’s hospital. Maynard, who was chosen by Brad Womack in season 15, was the second former winner of “The Bachelor” to star in her own season. She accepted the proposal by Jef Holm, but the relationship ended in October 2012.

Season Nine

The ninth season of “The Bachelorette” featured Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock. Hartsock’s season aired on May 27, 2013. The then 27-year-old bridal stylist had been on season 17 of “The Bachelor.” She chose to accept the proposal from Chris Siegfried, and they married on Jan. 18, 2015. Since then, the pair has had two children.

Season 10

Season 10 of the dating show series premiered on May 19, 2014. The Bachelorette, Andi Dorfman, was an assistant district attorney. The then 26-year-old chose to leave season 18 of “The Bachelor” because Juan Pablo Galavis upset her. When Josh Murray proposed, she accepted his offer. However, the relationship ended in January 2015.

Season 11

Premiering on May 18, 2015, the 11th season of “The Bachelorette” featured two Bachelorettes: Britt Nilsson, a 27-year-old waitress, and Kaitlyn Bristowe, a 29-year-old dance instructor. Both women were contestants on season 19 of “The Bachelor.” At the beginning of the episode, the men on the show chose which Bachelorette they wanted. 

Kaitlyn Bristowe was the chosen Bachelorette. Bristowe chose Shawn Booth and accepted his marriage proposal. The pair later moved to Nashville, and Shawn even got a tattoo that matched Kaitlyn’s. Unfortunately, the couple split up in 2018.

Season 12

Aired on May 23, 2016, season 12 featured Joelle Fletcher. “JoJo” was a 25-year-old real estate developer who had been a contestant in season 20 of “The Bachelor.” JoJo chose Jordan Rodgers and accepted his proposal. They now live in Dallas, Texas.

Season 13

The 13th season premiered on May 22, 2017. Rachel Lindsay, a then 31-year-old attorney, had been on season 21 of “The Bachelor.” Lindsay chose Bryan Abasolo, and they married on Aug. 24, 2019.

Season 14

Premiering on May 28, 2018, the 14th season of “The Bachelorette” featured Becca Kufrin. The then 28-year-old publicist was engaged to Arie Luyendyk Jr. from season 22 of “The Bachelor.” During season 14, Kufrin chose Garrett Yrigoyen. The pair announced their split in September 2020.

Season 15

Season 15 of the show aired on May 13, 2019, and featured Hannah Brown. Brown, a then 24-year-old interior designer, had been on season 23 of “The Bachelor.” She is the first bachelorette not to have placed in the top four of “The Bachelor.” Brown accepted Jed Wyatt’s proposal but then discovered he had a girlfriend while the show was filming and broke it off.

Season 16

Premiering on Oct. 13, 2020, season 16 of “The Bachelorette” featured two Bachelorettes: Tayshia Adams, a 29-year-old phlebotomist, and 39-year-old Clare Crawley, a hairstylist. Tayshia was a contestant in season 23 of “The Bachelor,” while Clare Crawley was on season 18 of “The Bachelor.” 

Tayisha Adams chose Zac Clark, and the pair are engaged. Clare Crawley accepted Dale Moss’s proposal, but they split in January 2021. As of June 2021, the two (Crawley and Moss) have reconciled.

Season 17

Katie Thurston, the bachelorette for season 17 of “The Bachelorette” is a 30-year-old West Coast native. Thurston, a bank marketing manager, is known for her sex positivity and sexual empowerment. Thurston’s season finished on Aug. 9, 2021. 

Unlike previous seasons, Katie’s was different. The final weeks of season 17 pushed Katie to her limits, even to the point of her leaving “The Bachelorette.” The season was marked with hints that it wouldn’t be like any before. Filming wrapped up a week ahead of schedule and promos shed light on some of the drama. During a promo, Thurston cried, “I’m losing you,” suggesting that one of the finalists might leave early. Moreover, Justin Glaze was heard saying, “I don’t even know if I can do this.” 

Fast forward to the finale, and Katie walked away engaged to Blake Moynes. The finale of season 17 showed present-day reactions and clips from production in New Mexico. Viewers learned that Katie was committed to Blake, resulting in her breaking up with Justin. Once Justin left, Katie and Blake met family members, picked out a ring, and were engaged. 

“The Bachelorette” FAQs

Not sure when or where to watch “The Bachelorette,” or do you want the details from Hannah Brown’s season? We’ll cover the juiciest details from “The Bachelorette” below.

When Is “The Bachelorette” On?

“The Bachelorette” is on at 8 p.m. EST every Monday on ABC.

How Do You Watch “The Bachelorette” Live?

You can catch “The Bachelorette” live on ABC. If you want to watch online, you can log into the ABC app with your cable provider login. You can also livestream the series on fuboTV, AT&T TV, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV.

Why Did Tyler G. Leave “The Bachelorette”?

Tyler G. was on Hannah Brown’s season of “The Bachelorette.” Tyler G. left rather suddenly and with little explanation. It was surprising because Hannah had a great one-on-one date. Some claim the production team had gotten wind of his past relationships. A Reddit thread claimed that Tyler G. was an “extreme misogynist,” among other things, while in high school.

Who Won “The Bachelorette” With Hannah Brown?

Jed Wyatt won Hannah Brown’s season of “The Bachelorette.” Wyatt, holding a guitar, said to Brown, “time stands still” when they’re with one another. After serenading her, Wyatt proposed.

Not long after they were engaged, though, Brown discovered that Wyatt had a girlfriend the entire time. His girlfriend said they were still together when he left for “The Bachelorette.” However, Wyatt claims he was “dating around” and didn’t feel they were exclusively dating, even when he told the “girlfriend” that he loved her. Apparently, he had ended the relationship “in his heart” before going on the show.

Who Is the Next Bachelorette?

Michelle Young is set to be the next Bachelorette. Her season is set to start on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. The 28-year-old kindergarten teacher was a Division I basketball player from Minnesota. Young, who was on “The Bachelor,” stole the hearts of fans with her sense of humor and smile.

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