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Clare Crawley and Her Suitors Filmed ‘The Bachelorette’ in a “Protective Bubble”

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When was The Bachelorette filmed? Well, that’s a good question with a long answer, as you’ll find out here. Producers of the ABC dating reality series had to scrap their plans to film Season 16 this spring, and that’s just one reason why Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette might be the most unconventional yet.

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When was ‘The Bachelorette’ filmed?

The Bachelorette Season 16 was filmed in July and August 2020. Filming for the season was scheduled to kick off in March 2020 ahead of a May premiere, according to People, but the coronavirus crisis delayed production.

“With the rapidly changing events related to COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, Warner Bros. Television Group is halting production on some of our 70+ series and pilots currently filming or about to begin,” Warner Brothers, the show’s production company, said in a press release at the time. “There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on any of our productions, but the health and safety of our employees, casts and crews remains our top priority.”

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Even before the production was postponed, host Chris Harrison told People that he and the other Bachelorette producers had decided to nix the show’s usual international travels for the season. “We might even have to keep it in Los Angeles when it’s all said and done. Who knows?” he added.

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“Everything is changing by the hour with this, not even by the day,” he continued. “And so we just have to react, keeping everybody safe. … We’re being vigilant, we’re being smart, we’re doing everything we can, just like you should be doing at home.”

By July, however, production on Season 16 was underway, with Clare spotted meeting her suitors at the La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs, Calif. “The resort is essentially a protective bubble,” an insider told People at the time, adding that the cast and crew were undergoing multiple rounds of testing. “Nobody is coming and going. The cast and crew arrived before filming began and spent a few days getting used to all the necessary protocols.”

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On Aug. 31, a source confirmed to the magazine that filming was wrapping up for Season 16. At the time, the source added, some crew members had already left to start filming The Bachelor Season 25.

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Who is the 2020 Bachelorette?

The official star of The Bachelorette’s 2020 season is Clare Crawley, a 39-year-old hairstylist from Sacramento, Calif., who previously looked for love on Juan Pablo Galavis’ season of The Bachelor, the first two seasons of Bachelor in Paradise, and the spinoff The Bachelor Winter Games.

However — and consider this a massive spoiler alert — producers reportedly replaced Clare with The Bachelor Season 23 contestant Tayshia Adams midway through The Bachelorette’s new season after Clare fell for contestant Dale Moss and quit the show. Tayshia was even spotted on the Bachelorette set in August, as seen in photos published by The Daily Mail.

The Bachelorette Season 16 airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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