It’s the most wonderful time of the year, Bachelor Nation. On June 7, ABC dropped The Bachelorette Season 17 premiere, and many fans are already theorizing who wins Katie Thurston’s heart. But for those of us who can’t pick up all the night one clues, we have Jimmy Kimmel and his wife, Molly McNearney, who have been predicting The Bachelorette winner for years. So who did the late-night host guess as Katie’s final pick and top four? Here’s what went down and what the new lead shared about her ending.
Jimmy Kimmel’s recent ‘Bachelorette’ and ‘Bachelor’ winner predictions
Over the past few years, McNearney has been accurately picking the winner of The Bachelorette and The Bachelor on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. However, the predictions didn’t go beyond who was chosen in the final rose ceremony. She foresaw Cassie Randolph as Colton Underwood’s pick in The Bachelor Season 23. Then she got Peter Weber’s top three women and fiancé — sort of.
Following The Bachelor Season 24 premiere, Kimmel’s wife predicted Hannah Ann Sluss, Madison Prewett, and Kelley Flanagan as the final three. She also questioned whether Sluss would be Weber’s final rose pick. In the finale, Weber got engaged to Sluss. But he later dumped her and seemingly still had feelings for Prewett. Then he started dating Flanagan.
Meanwhile, McNearney continued The Bachelor winner streak with Matt James, who picked Rachael Kirkconnell during his final rose ceremony. The late-night host’s wife also correctly predicted a few recent Bachelorette winners. McNearney thought Garrett Yrigoyen would win Kufrin’s season. She also claimed Hannah Brown would end up with Jed Wyatt.
Now, The Bachelorette Season 16 was a bit of a special case. Following the premiere, it was clear Dale Moss was the frontrunner of Clare Crawley’s cycle. Then the streak was broken with Tayshia Adams, who got engaged to Zac Clark. McNearney predicted Ben Smith as the winner. That said, she placed Clark in Adams’ top four.
Jimmy Kimmel’s wife picks the final four and who wins Katie Thurston’s ‘Bachelorette’ season
Following The Bachelorette Season 17 premiere on June 7, Katie stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! and reacted to McNearney’s winner predictions. Kimmel’s wife chose Andrew Spencer, Justin Glaze, Connor Brennan, and Greg Grippo as the final four. She also believes Greg will win Katie’s season.
As you may remember, Andrew S. is a football player from Vienna, Austria, who spoke in a fake British accent on limo night. Justin is an artist from Baltimore with a “smoking body,” per Kimmel’s description. Connor B. is also known as Connor the Cat, for obvious reasons. Greg is Katie’s first impression rose pick.
When listing out McNearney’s final four and winner, Kimmel watched Katie’s reaction closely. But in the end, she kept her poker face and didn’t give too much away.
“Good picks,” Katie said and nodded.
What Katie Thurston says about her ending in ‘The Bachelorette’ 2021
It seems Kimmel and McNearney’s Bachelor and Bachelorette predictions might not be far off for Katie’s journey. Following the premiere, the new lead stopped by ABC10’s Your California Life and teased her early frontrunners.
“I mean, Connor B. and Greg are very obvious [frontrunners], for sure,” Katie said. “Tre [Cooper], he’s one to watch out for as well. You’ve got Justin. Honestly, I feel like I could just keep going.”
But whatever happens next, it seems Katie will have quite the journey in The Bachelorette Season 17. When speaking on Good Morning America, the new lead confirmed her season wrapped filming early and revealed her ending is “crazy.” So stay tuned.
“The end is crazy, that’s all I’m going to say,” Katie said. “I’m happy. I had to tell myself everything happens for a reason. That’s what you have to really embrace, and that’s what I’ve been doing.”
ABC drops new episodes of The Bachelorette Season 17 with Katie Thurston on Monday nights.