LITTLE is known about the upcoming season of The Bachelorette, however, what fans learned during After The Final Rose was there will be two seasons this year.
Long-time host Chris Harrison will not host the upcoming seasons – instead former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will fill in the role.
When does the next Bachelorette start?
There is no official date for the premiere of season 17 of The Bachelorette -what we do know is that it's being filmed in New Mexico due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As of March 14, The Bachelorette is in preproduction, with cast and crew members self-quarantining at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, just outside of Albuquerque.
For the first time in the history of the franchise, The Bachelorette will produce two cycles in the same calendar year.
The first season is reportedly set to start in May 2021, while the second season will take place during the fall.
The announcement was made by The Bachelor: After the Final Rose host Emmanuel Acho during the hourlong special that followed the finale of Matt James' season.
Who are the next Bachelorettes?
Katie Thurston and Michelle Young, both from James' season, were announced as the new Bachelorettes of 2021.
Thurston's season is expected to air during the summer.
Among the women in James' season, Thurston reportedly emerged as a leading voice who repeatedly stood up against bullying and negativity in the house.
Thurston, 30, became an instant fan favorite for her memorable arrival on night on where she introduced herself to James.
The 30-year-old is adventurous, daring and ready for a man with whom she can build a life.
Young's season of The Bachelorette will take place during the fall.
Young, 28, was the second finalist in James' season.
A former Division I basketball player from Minnesota, the 28-year-old kindergarten teacher now focuses on preparing her students to be the next generation of community leaders.
What did Michelle Young say to Matt James after he sent her home?
During After The Final Rose, Young fought back tears as she slammed James for "refusing" to talk to her after dumping her.
The Bachelor star broke up with Michelle in the finale, sparking outrage by picking Rachael Kirkconnell instead despite her attendance at a "racist" plantation-style party.
Michelle talked about her devastation following her split from James in the March 15 ATFR special.
"I needed to say my piece because I didn't get the chance to," she told host Acho of their breakup.
"I asked if I could talk to Matt for two minutes – and not to change his [mind], to not get in the way of the relationship that he was pursuing that was still there. Just for me to say my piece.
"But he refused to have that conversation with me. I think I deserved the two minutes to get my closure and move on," Young said.
Young became tearful as she then faced James for the first time since their split months earlier.
"This is hard to sit here, watching that entire night and everything that that was. I mean, you said that you needed to move forward – to do this on your own, or without me, or in the other relationship – and you left.
"The moment you left, I completely crumbled. I had to walk away without closure, and I had to fill in the gaps of what our relationship really was.
"I wasn't okay at all. And producers were in my room, seeing how bad I was hurting," she added.
The elementary school teacher added through tears: "And I asked you for a conversation, and it was not a conversation where I was trying to change your trajectory or trying to change your mind or fight for you.
"It was a conversation so that I could have my inner peace when I left Pennsylvania. And you said no."
James apologized for his actions and insisted if he'd known how she was feeling he'd have "fought" to have that conversation.
"There's no justification for why I didn't have that conversation, and if I would've known that this is how you were feeling in that moment, then I would've fought to have that conversation," he said.
James added: "I would hope you would know that I really did care about you, and everything you had shared with me and seeing your heart.
"And the way that you carried yourself throughout the show and the emotional labor you took on and continue to take on as a Black woman in your position, showing grace and composure through a lot of situations where I probably would've snapped. My respect and admiration for you is through the roof."
Young told her ex: "I care about you. We went through a lot together, we laughed a lot together, and I'm a very forgiving person.
"I mean, you and me talking about it right now – I've honestly already put it down. And I'm not in love [with Matt] like I was leaving the show, but it does help hearing that what you felt for me was real and what I was feeling – we were on the same page somewhat up until that point.
"But I think that was what I was really struggling with the most, so I do appreciate [your apology]."
The confrontation ended on a friendlier note, with the pair laughing after Young teasingly told James: "I hope you find your happiness, I hope you move on with kissing with your eyes closed and I hope you come up with more phrases than just, 'Thanks for sharing.'"
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