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SPOILERS ahead from The Bachelor 2020, aka Bachelor Peter Weber's Season 24, and The Bachelorette 2020.
Who is going to be The Bachelorette 2020? It is still a mystery, now that the #1 frontrunner seems to be out and ABC is reportedly looking outside of Bachelor Peter Weber's season for options. Hannah Brown dominated the start of The Bachelor 2020, leaving many fans to wonder if she and Peter would end up together in the end. Turns out, that's not the case. It also looks like she won't return as the Bachelorette again, even though spoiler guru Reality Steve says she was the first choice to return for the 2020 season. (UPDATE: ABC is officially announcing the next Bachelorette this Monday, March 2 on GMA and there's reason for me to hope it's Clare Crawley. I'm going to be so mad now if it isn't her.)
Considering the other options out there from Bachelor Peter's season, I can't say I'm surprised ABC might be looking elsewhere. But I'm also not surprised if Hannah Brown wanted A LOT of money to go through that mess again, after both Luke P. and Wrong Reasons Jed. I don't know why anyone would repeat that without piles of cash. But that might be why the show is now reportedly considering Bachelor Nation women outside Peter's season for The Bachelorette 2020.
Hannah Brown did not join The Bachelor 2020 filming when Peter asked if she would. She went on Dancing With the Stars 2019 and won. She also mentioned recently that she was single, axing the idea that she returns in the end of Bachelor Peter's season; that was one major theory, since spoilers revealed Bachelor Peter's season does not have a "normal ending."
Hannah Brown shot down a lot of rumors, but one she left open until just recently was returning as the Bachelorette. However, that door appeared to shut when date announcements were revealed for Hannah B.'s involvement in the Dancing With the Stars live tour.
Apparently The Bachelorette contract talks of some sort broke down, or at least that's the word from spoiler guru Reality Steve. He said it's not clear yet who the next Bachelorette will be, but he noted Hannah Brown was the first choice:
Did they want Hannah Brown? Absolutely. She was their top choice but they couldn’t agree on money apparently and she’s out unless something drastic happens. That’s the latest I have on Bachelorette. A decision should be made within the next week or so on who they end up choosing.
It was also noted that this Monday's "Women Tell All" special plays out like an audition for Kelsey Weier to be the Bachelorette. It's still possible whoever Bachelor Peter does not pick in the end -- Hannah Ann Sluss or Madison Prewett -- could be the next Bachelorette, but it's unlikely. It's such a fast turnaround. But it could happen.
One interesting thing Reality Steve noted was that he keeps hearing ABC and The Bachelorette producers are NOT going to go with someone from Peter's season. He's not sure about that, but he did hear that Kelsey Weier, Tayshia Adams, and Tia Booth all had formal interviews with production.
I wonder if Kendall Long also had an interview, since Steve said he was sure there were more. After Kendall's recent breakup with Bachelor in Paradise co-star Joe Amabile, some fans have said they'd like to see her as the Bachelorette. Tia Booth and Tayshia Adams are also Bachelor in Paradise veterans. Tayshia was very popular last summer and ultimately tried for a relationship with John Paul Jones. I thought they were adorable, but they did not last in the real world.
No offense to Kelsey, but I do hope The Bachelorette 2020 goes with someone from a past season. I doubt they will go with someone who has never been on a Bachelor show, since they have never done that in 15 seasons of The Bachelorette. They did that all the time for early seasons of The Bachelor, but never The Bachelorette.
Hannah Brown would've been the first Bachelorette to do the gig twice. Brad Womack was the first one to get to be the Bachelor twice, and it didn't exactly go well either time. His second season winner -- also the first person he actually picked -- was Emily Maynard, who later became the Bachelorette after their split, but not directly after his season. So there's a precedent for waiting a year or so before showing up on TV again.
Who would you like to see as the Bachelorette? Maybe Hannah Brown could be convinced to return if there's a fan push, but I don't know. I wouldn't mind seeing Tayshia as Bachelorette, or Kendall, or maybe Tia. I'm curious who else might be in the running. (Apparently not Kelley Flanagan, since ABC didn't even invite her to the "Women Tell All."
At the moment, we're only up to the March 2 "Women Tell All" episode on Bachelor Peter Weber's season before his crazy two-night finale, with most of the action airing right at the end. The Bachelor 2020 airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, and this season will be followed by that new singing spinoff, and THEN The Bachelorette should start airing in May.