Clare Crawley's season of The Bachelorette was already making history because he had the oldest bachelorette in franchise history and was the first season to be delayed due to a global pandemic, but not two weeks after filming began, the lead made headlines for another reason. In August, vulture reported that Crawley, who was filming her season in a quarantine bubble at the La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs under COVID-19 guidelines, left the show after just 12 days of shooting because she fell in love with the then 31-year-old candidate Dale Moss.
Shortly thereafter, rumors swirled that ABC had caught earlier Bachelor The candidate Tayshia Adams enters as a new Bachelorette. According to E! newsA source said that Adams had entered production after being quarantined and that ABC would "lead with Clare and her short-lived journey" and later announce Adams as the lead actor.
Now that the season is premiering, we're more confused than ever – mostly because Warner Bros. and ABC haven't confirmed anything (another cast member), so this is all still speculation.
The first episode appeared to be Bachelorette Business as usual, but the season's teaser revealed a much more dramatic side of Clare's story. At some point, Chris Harrison congratulates the leadership and tells them that they blew up The Bachelorette. There is evidence that the season will be canceled, a new Bachelorette may be added, and the path that Clare was on is not ending well. It always looks like the rumors are true!
Adams previously fought for Colton Underwood's heart on season 23, and made it to the last three before leaving the show to pursue Cassie Randolph, and she also appeared in Bachelor in paradise. If the rumors of Crawley's departure prove true, it would be the first time a lead has been left behind in the middle of production – though, under the circumstances, it looks like Crawley has already achieved what she had to do on the show! The added drama would definitely liven up the franchise like never before, and actually make it the most dramatic season of all.