While it may still be a while before Katie Thurston makes her debut as the Bachelorette, ABC has released its first promo for her season. The clip does not feature any footage from her upcoming season, which is in production in New Mexico, but does highlight some of her
disingenuous iconic moments throughout her experience on Matt James’ terrible season of The Bachelor.
It opens with her exit from last season, saying, “I don’t regret being myself, I know what I deserve.” Gag. Throughout the video, Thurston has a few outfit changes rocking a lavender gown, at times pairing it with a “Be a Katie” t-shirt, and a white cocktail dress.
30-year-old Thurston (spelled like "the millionaire" on Gilligan's Island) became a fan favorite after standing up to the other contestants and eventually addressing “toxic behavior” with James ... and also for carrying around her vibrator as an excessory.
Fans will remember her passionate declaration, “I’m not gonna sit here and let mean girls be mean girls. I never want to stop pursuing love . I am who I am and I want to meet someone who knows who they are. My person’s still out there.” Wow, that's deep.
In a surprise announcement, ABC revealed that both Thurston and Michelle Young would serve as Bachelorettes this year, each getting their own season. In case you have forgotten, Young is the boring black one from James' season. While Thurston’s season is in production currently, James’ runner-up will film hers after the upcoming season of Bachelor in Paradise. “I would be lying if I didn’t say when they first told me, I thought we were going to be the Bachelorette at the same time,” so I was a little nervous, but once I found out it was two different seasons, I was here for it. I’m excited I get to have somebody to bond over with this and share notes as we go.” Sure bitch, whatevs. Young’s season is set to premiere this fall.
Longtime host Chris Harrison will not appear in the upcoming season of The Bachelorette after announcing he was
fired temporarily stepping down. He faced backlash for admittedly “excusing historical racism” while discussing Rachael Kirkconnell’s participation in an “Old South” party. In his absence, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will support the new Bachelorette through next season. As of now, no decisions have been announced for Harrison's long-term future in the franchise. In fact, when someone commented on Instagram that “Chris is the only host for The Bachelor/Bachelorette,” Bristowe responded, “Truthfully we are there to support the new bachelorette. We aren’t ‘replacing’ anyone!!!”. Thurston’s season of The Bachelorette will premiere on Monday, June 7 on ABC.