Spoilers ahead for the Men Tell All episode of The Bachelorette Season 16.
The Bachelorette season that started with Clare Crawley and will end with Tayshia Adams was no less unconventional in the Men Tell All episode than could be expected, and it turns out the viewers apparently didn't see what the show seemed to be presenting. While the drama was unfolding all over again between Bennett Jordan and Noah Erb and everybody (down to Chris Harrison) was throwing shade at Yosef Aborady for standing by his comments to Clare, there was something that The Bachelorette didn't make clear, and that is where the episode was actually filming.
The report that the Bachelorette Season 16 episode of the men telling all wasn't where it seemed comes courtesy off Bachelor Nation spoiler guru Reality Steve on Twitter, where he posted this:
The complications of the COVID-19 pandemic meant that The Bachelorette Season 16 couldn't film exotic dates all over the world, but Bachelor Nation compensated by taking over the La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, California. The Men Tell All episode was filmed in a way that arguably suggested they were reuniting at La Quinta, although nobody explicitly claimed that's where they were. According to Reality Steve, however, they were almost on the other end of the country.
The spoiler master stated that the Men Tell All was filmed at "Nemacolin," which refers to the Nemacolin luxury resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania. The Bachelor filmed Matt James' season looking for love at the Nemacolin. Bachelor Nation had already moved on from The Bachelorette Season 16 to The Bachelor Season 25 by the time it came to film the Tell All, so it makes sense that the men would be flown to the Bachelor Nation setup than to go to all the effort of returning production to La Quinta.
In the grand scheme of things, not revealing that the Tell All was filmed at the Nemacolin in Pennsylvania instead of the La Quinta in Palm Springs isn't exactly the biggest scandal to rock Bachelor Nation, but I'd say it's still interested considering it comes toward the end of arguably the most bonkers season in the whole bonkers history of Bachelor Nation. Between the Bachelorette swap of Tayshia Adams for Clare Crawley, producers seemingly interfering more than usual, and more nudity than ever, this will be a season to remember... or forget, depending on your feelings about it.
This also wasn't the most dramatic Men Tell All episode, but that doesn't mean that The Bachelorette is running short on drama. The quarantine version of hometowns are coming up next, and it already looks like Brendan Morais' continued struggles with the idea of proposing to Tayshia at the end are going to come up again. There's always some awkwardness when it comes to hometown dates, and it could be even more intense with everybody congregating at the La Quinta. I think it's safe to say that some heartbreak is on the way; we'll just have to wait to see for whom.
The next episode of The Bachelorette airs on Tuesday, December 15 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. For some viewing options in the new year once The Bachelorette Season 16 has come to an end (and Matt James' season of The Bachelor begins), check out our 2021 winter and spring premiere schedule!
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