Season 16 of The Bachelorette has been unlike anything Bachelor Nation fans have ever seen. From delayed filming to casting changes, the drama just keeps coming. And while there are a lot of differences between this season and past ones, the biggest, of course, is the fact that a new Bachelorette has replaced Clare Crawley. Judging by the tweets about Tayshia taking over as Bachelorette, fans are here for this latest franchise twist.
TBH, most fans already knew this was coming. In the months leading up to the season’s premiere, several outlets reported that Tayshia would replace Clare as Bachelorette after Clare falls in love with contestant Dale Moss on-screen. However, the show and its reps avoided confirming anything.
But that all changed on Oct. 27 after months of speculation and one scorching hot Bachelorette teaser of Tayshia coming out of a pool. Then on Nov. 5, it happened: Clare dumped an entire room of guys and got engaged to Dale. After Chris Harrison visibly panicked on-screen, he made a call and Tayshia was officially named the Bachelorette. It’s clear from Twitter’s response that fans thrilled for her to take over as the franchise lead.
While it was obviously a welcome casting choice, fans couldn’t get over the fact that Chris Harrison had to hardcore scramble to keep the season going after Clare said she only wanted to be with Dale. So, after coordinating a proposal in approximately one day, Chris Harrison then pulled Tayshia in, who fans had been waiting for allllll along.
Still, viewers couldn’t help but wonder what Dale was thinking about the casting switch. After quickly getting engaged (maybe too quickly?), fans thought he might have regretted jumping the gun after, well, one one-on-one date…
And despite being majorly pumped about the casting switch, the fact that the show waited until the final few moments to bring Tayshia in was less-than-ideal.
The plus side is now viewers can really get to know the guys and watch Tayshia shine as the Bachelorette, which will definitely be worth the wait (and potential heartache) for both viewers and contestants.
Finally, it looks like all is well in Bachelor Nation: Clare and Dale are engaged and Tayshia is officially the (new) Season 16 Bachelorette. It might not have been the most conventional start, but what else would you expect for a show in 2020?
Season 16 of The Bachelorette continues on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.