Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers for Season 17 of The Bachelorette.
Season 17 of The Bachelorette is almost at an end, and viewers are watching Katie Thurston narrow down her options as we get closer to the season finale. She had a strong group of men competing for her affection, with many uncertain who she'd end up choosing to be her final rose recipient.
One contestant viewers have had their eyes on since the beginning is 28-year-old Greg Grippo. And apparently so did Katie.
Though it seemed like she was going to pick Greg, he ends up walking away early — after what might be the most uncomfortable fight in Bachelorette history. So, what went wrong? Let's back up first because, we're sorry to say, we totally saw this coming.
Greg was involved in some drama before the season even began.
Before the season started, there was some controversy surrounding the supposed marketing sales rep.
His ABC bio describes him as "the full package," calling him "handsome, kind, vulnerable and serious about wanting to settle down," but an anonymous tip from the drama Instagram account @duexmoi claims that he's actually an aspiring actor, suggesting he's on the show for the wrong reasons.
The post claims that he attended William Esper Acting School between 2017 and 2019, stating he "was a total ego-obsessed diva in class."
"He cleaned up his social media / LinkedIn and removed all evidence of his aspiring acting career the past few years," the anonymous (and unconfirmed) tip claimed.
The allegations were later supported by an insider who told The Sun his nice boy act is indeed just an act. The person, who says that they've known Greg for years, claimed that he grew up being told how "hot and great" he was, and he used that knowledge to get whatever he wants. He also tried to get on The Bachelorette twice before, according to the source.
Such claims have become a recurring joke around Greg, as the Instagram account for the Chatty Broads podcast shared a meme of the contestant with the caption, "When the guy next to you is getting interrogated about wanting to be the Bachelor and you've gotta pretend to be disgusted while hiding your acting career aspirations."
Bachelor sleuths quickly noticed that Katie liked and then unliked the post — suggesting she agreed with it.
So, why did Greg leave 'The Bachelorette'?
Hometown dates seemingly go well for Greg on Aug. 2's episode. But the big issue seems to be that Greg doesn't want Katie to be out on those hometown dates with the other guys. Their fight starts when Greg tells Katie that, after his dad died, she filled the hole in his heart. Her response? She really likes looking at him. Rough start, but things get so much worse. He essentially tells her that she needs to tell him that she's going to pick him, which she really can't do. Not how the show works, Greg.
The next day, the fight continues. He goes to Katie to explain why he acted the way that he did the night before and again tries to get her to say that she loves him. But she tells him that she wants to not say it until she's made her final choice. And although she literally says, "You’ve always been my number one," essentially telling him that she was going to pick him, he says it's not good enough and leaves, causing Katie to break down and consider leaving herself.
We were warned by Katie during her podcast appearance with Nick Viall that Thomas Jacobs wouldn't be the biggest villain this season, and Reality Steve has upheld the belief that she was referring to Greg. And many fans who are now calling the once-frontrunner "Greg the Gaslighter" would probably now agree with that. So no, if you're wondering if Greg wins, perhaps thankfully, he does not. Greg is out.
In the end, at least according to Reality Steve, it's Blake, who appeared on Season 16 of The Bachelorette and surprises everyone when he arrives, who gets engaged to Katie.
The Bachelorette airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.