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‘The Bachelorette’ Tonight: Finale Start Time, How Long Is ‘After the Final Rose,’ and Spoilers About Michelle Young’s Last Episode

Everything you need to know about ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 18 finale tonight, Dec. 21, including what time the week 9 episode will start, how long the ‘After the Final Rose’ special will be, and spoilers about Michelle Young, Nayte Olukoya, and Brandon Jones.

The Bachelorette Season 18 is coming to an end tonight, Dec. 21, and many Bachelor Nation fans are looking forward to the grand finale and “After the Final Rose” special episode. So what can viewers expect from the last episode of Michelle Young’s season? Here’s everything we know about The Bachelorette tonight, including the start time of the finale, how long the week 9 episode will be with the addition of “After the Final Rose,” and spoilers about Michelle’s ending.

[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers from The Bachelorette Season 18 finale, the week 9 episode.]

What time is ‘The Bachelorette’ on tonight, Dec. 21, 2021?

Michelle Young before picking her winner in the final rose ceremony during the ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 18 finale in 2021
Michelle Young in ‘The Bachelorette’ 2021 | ABC/Craig Sjodin

The Bachelorette Season 18 Week 9 will be on tonight, Dec. 21, in the show’s usual time slot on ABC – 8 p.m. ET. The season finale will also become available to watch online on Hulu starting Wednesday morning.

How long is ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 18 finale and ‘After the Final Rose’ special episode?

Although it’s the finale, The Bachelorette tonight will be about two-hours long, per usual. According to ABC’s schedule, the total runtime for Michelle’s final episode will be two hours and three minutes long. That said, Bachelor Nation fans are in for a long night because of the “After the Final Rose” special episode.

Per ABC, The Bachelorette Season 18 “After the Final Rose” will be released around 10 p.m. ET, and it is 57 minutes. So how long should viewers tune in tonight? Three hours from 8 p.m. ET to 11 p.m. ET.

What to expect from ‘The Bachelorette’ finale and ‘After the Final Rose’

Joe Coleman was eliminated from The Bachelorette Season 18 last week. So there are only two men left going into Michelle’s finale – Nayte Olukoya and Brandon Jones. According to ABC, the contestants will meet Michelle’s parents and sister in Mexico. But will Brandon and Nayte both impress the Young family? Only time will tell.

That said, it’s ultimately Michelle’s choice. After meeting the family, the bachelorette will go one one last date with her final two before making her decision. 

Meanwhile, Michelle’s Bachelorette “After the Final Rose” will be filmed live. According to ABC, co-hosts Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will check-in with Michelle, Brandon, and Nayte. But will Joe be making an appearance to discuss his breakup with Michelle? We’ll see.

Reality Steve’s spoilers share who Michelle Young will end up with in the finale


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For now, Bachelorette fans will have to watch whether Michelle ends up with her final pick and gets engaged in the finale. But if any Bachelor Nation viewers can’t wait until tonight, franchise blogger Reality Steve shared major spoilers about the winner

Ahead of the premiere, the spoiler guru claimed that Michelle will choose Nayte over Brandon, and the two get engaged. 

“The main thing you want to know is what happened at the end, right? Well, I got that for you,” Reality Steve wrote on Oct. 5. “Michelle is engaged to Nayte Olukoya.”

Whatever happens with Nayte, Michelle, and Brandon, Bachelorette fans know there’s plenty of drama and romance coming in the finale tonight. So get ready.