Reality Steve spoiler blogger reported Clare will serve as The Bachelorette’s Season 16 star in a series of Twitter postings on Saturday.
“Monday morning on GMA, Clare Crawley will be named the ‘Bachelorette,” the spoiler sleuth tweeted.
“I know everyone has their opinion because they wanted this girl, or they wanted that girl. Just know no one cares if you tell us you’re not watching. It’ll definitely be an interesting season for sure. Clare is passionate, emotional, and def falls hard,” he continued.
Clare is very familiar to Bachelor Nation and — similar to former The Bachelor star Nick Viall — has appeared on several Bachelor franchise shows over the years.
After originally appearing on Season 18 of The Bachelor in 2014 and getting rejected by Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis at his final Rose Ceremony, Clare unsuccessfully continued to search for love on Seasons 1 and 2 of Bachelor in Paradise, which aired on ABC in 2014 and 2015.
After three years away, Clare then returned for The Bachelor: Winter Games in 2018 and appeared to have finally found lasting love when she accepted a proposal from Benoit Beausejour-Savard, a French Canadian who had previously appeared on the first season of The Bachelorette Canada, during Winter Games’s Tells All special.
However, Clare and Benoit split up only six weeks after the Tells All special aired on ABC
“It’s with a heavy heart that we have mutually decided to end our relationship. We think the world of each other, and we were both hoping we could make this work,” Clare and Benoit announced in April 2018.
In a subsequent tweet, Carbone rejected the possibility his information about Clare’s The Bachelorette selection could be incorrect.
“I know those that don’t want Clare will say ‘but how do you know’ or ‘dont multiple people sign contracts, what if they change it’ and a bunch of other stuff. Don’t know what else to tell ya,'” he wrote.
“Guess you’ll have to wait 2 days, but it’s her and youâ€™ll see Monday morning on GMA.”
As previously reported, ABC had announced on Friday it would unveil The Bachelorette’s Season 16 star on Good Morning America on Monday morning.
“On Monday morning, drum roll, we cannot wait to introduce you guys to the new Bachelorette! Right here on GMA. We have a lot to ask,” Good Morning America anchor Cecilia Vega revealed on the show’s February 28 broadcast.
“You can submit your questions,” she joked with her co-anchors, including Michael Strahan and George Stephanopoulos. “I know you’ve got a lot of those!”
A 38-year-old who will be turning 39 on March 20, Clare would be the oldest The Bachelorette star in the franchise’s history — by far.
During The Bachelorette’s fifteen prior seasons, the show’s oldest lead has been Rachel Lindsay, who was 31 years old when she starred on Season 13 in 2017.
Prior to Rachel’s selection, Season 1 star Trista Rehn and Season 2 star Meredith Phillips — who were 30 years old when their seasons began airing on ABC in 2003 and 2004, respectively — had been the oldest leads in The Bachelorette history.
Jillian Harris and Kaitlyn Bristowe, who were each 29 years old during their seasons, are The Bachelorette’s next-oldest former leads.
The ten remaining The Bachelorette stars have all ranged between 25 and 28, with the majority 25 or 26 years old.
Clare will not be the oldest lead in Bachelor Nation history, however. That title is held by The Bachelor Season 6 star Byron Velvick, who was 40 years old during his 2004 season.
The Bachelor has featured several other 35-plus leads over the years, including Brad Womack, who was 38 years old when starred on Season 15 of The Bachelor in 2011.
Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Nick Viall also each turned 36 years old during the production of their respective The Bachelor seasons, Season 22 which aired on 2018 and Season 21 which aired in 2017.
Clare and Benoit initially broke up on Winter Games due to Crawley having stronger feelings for fellow contestant, Christian Rauch, but Clare and Christian didn’t really get along and struggled to communicate, so their romance never really took off.
Once filming wrapped, Benoit said he reached out to Clare to make sure she was okay, which flattered the blonde beauty and reignited a flame.
Clare and Benoit then went from talking on the phone for hours every day to spending a lot of time together in the real world. A friendship secretly grew into a relationship and love, leading to the Montreal restaurant manager’s surprising February proposal.