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The Bachelor Season 25 finale is just around the corner, and fans are already itching to see who ABC picks as the next lead for The Bachelorette Season 17. According to franchise blogger Reality Steve, Katie Thurston could be in the running for the new bachelorette. But it seems the contestant already shut down the rumors — here’s what she said.

Who is Katie Thurston from Bachelor Nation?

Katie is from The Bachelor Season 25 with Matt James. Katie brought a purple vibrator on night one, and many viewers applauded the contestant for being sex-positive on the ABC reality series. 

As The Bachelor went on, Katie continued to showcase her personality. She also stood up to the season villain, “Queen” Victoria Larson. But in the end, Katie did not end up with Matt.

In the sixth episode, Katie and Matt went on a one-on-one date. During the day portion, the couple had some fun with Tyler Cameron. Then at dinner, Katie revealed she was hopeful about her relationship with Matt. However, Matt admitted he wasn’t feeling the same way. So Katie was eliminated from The Bachelor.

On the limo ride home, Katie revealed that she did not regret her experience on the show. “I don’t regret being myself. It just sucks that it wasn’t enough,” she said. “I know what I deserve. And I deserve a man who knows what I have to offer. I am who I am. There’s someone out there who wants that.”

Why Bachelor Nation fans think Katie Thurston is the next ‘Bachelorette’ 2021 lead

Headshot of Katie Thurston from 'The Bachelor' Season 25
Katie Thurston from ‘The Bachelor’ Season 25 | Craig Sjodin via Getty Images

On Feb. 6, Reality Steve claimed that Katie would be announced as the next lead for The Bachelorette Season 17. The blogger also said the announcement was made at The Bachelor Season 25 “Women Tell All” taping. But Reality Steve has since corrected that claim. 

“Katie was NOT announced as Bachelorette at WTA,” Reality Steve wrote on Twitter on Feb 8. “But I’ve been told it’s confirmed it’s Katie and she’ll be named this week.”

A few days later, Reality Steve updated fans on The Bachelorette Season 17 spoilers once more. The blogger wasn’t sure whether Katie would become the new bachelorette following Chris Harrison’s interview with Rachel Lindsay about the Rachael Kirkconnell controversy.

“Katie was going to be the bachelorette. Now, I don’t see that happening,” Reality Steve wrote. “There are so many questions right now, and unfortunately, I know you all want answers, but we just don’t have them all at this time.”

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As of this write-up, ABC and The Bachelor franchise have yet to confirm any of the spoilers about the next bachelorette. But it seems Katie already shut down the rumors in an interview on the Tamron Hall Show.

“You know the rumors you’re the next bachelorette,” Hall asked Katie in February 2021. “Katie, what is going on? Are you the next bachelorette?”

Katie laughed and instantly denied the Bachelorette rumors. 

“I’m not as far as I know,” Katie said. “When I woke up to the 50 texts, I had a little panic attack. The first person I had to call was my mom and say, ‘That’s news to me.’ I think it came out that it was told at ‘Women Tell All,’ which is not true. So until I hear otherwise, officially, news to me.”

But regardless, it seems the Bachelor Nation alum is still looking for the right person.

“I’m not slowing down at all,” Katie said about her love life. “The final episode for me … was kind of like the official closure. So I’m ready to just move forward and see who’s out there and find my match.”