The Bachelorette premiere 2021 LIVE: Tayshia and Kaitlyn set to host Katie’s season after Chris Harrison’s dramatic exit

BACHELORETTE Katie Thurston finally gets to meet the eligible bachelors trying to win her heart this season.

In true Bachelor Nation fashion, this season features plenty of passionate make-out sessions and of course lots of explosive drama.

Katie, who appeared on Matt James’ season of The Bachelor, is a marketing manager from Washington and a viral TikTok star.

Bachelorette spoilers are already all over the internet and blogger Reality Steve believes he knows who the final four men on her season will be.

Katie became a fan favorite on the show after greeting Matt with a vibrator during her limo entrance during his season.

In spite of their connection, Matt ended up choosing Rachael Kirkconnell. They’ve had a rocky relationship since The Bachelor finale, however the two appear to be back together and stronger than ever.

Kirkconnell was involved in a racist scandal after a photo resurfaced of her wearing an Antebellum-style dress at a controversial Antebellum plantation themed party.

The scandal led to Chris Harrison’s firing after he publicly defended Kirkconnell during a very tense and uncomfortable interview with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay.

🌹 Read our Bachelorette live blog below for the very latest news and updates…

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    KATIE'S FRIENDS AND CO-HOSTS SHOW UP

    Former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe are ready to help Katie through the process.

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    KATIE INTRODUCED AS 'SEX-POSITIVE'

    Katie may very well be one of the most sex-positive bachelorettes we've ever seen.

    The season premiere's introduction showed a montage of men talking about why they're excited to see Katie.

    "You won't need this," one guy says, holding a vibrator.

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    LET THE 'D-R-A-M-A' BEGIN!

    The season premiere of Katie Thurston’s season of The Bachelorette starts right now. The show airs at 8pm EST/7pm CST on ABC.

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    KATIE DOUBLES DOWN ON HER EXPECTATIONS FOR THE MEN

    In a trailer, Katie is seen telling the men to leave if they are "not here for an engagement."

    "If you are not here for the right reasons, there's the door," she says.

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    TRUCKS AND VANS GALORE

    Another man appears to make his entrance in an RV.

     

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    THE MEN PULL OUT ALL THE STUNTS FOR THEIR ENTRANCES

    One man enters in a red pickup truck with fireworks.

     

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    30 SUITORS COMPETE FOR KATIE ON THE SEASON PREMIERE

    "How do you get the new Bachelorette Katie Thurston's attention? Thirty men are about to find out whether or not they have the correct answer," ABC teased.

    A trailer for Monday's premiere shows the men entering the season with plenty of props and tricks up their sleeves.

    "Katie is ready to meet her men; with 30 lucky potential suitors pulling out all the stops, props and moves in hopes of catching her eye before the first rose ceremony," the site says.

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    FORMER BACHELORETTES RETURN TO GUIDE KATIE'S SEASON

    ABC announced that Bachelorette alums Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams would be joining Katie's season as friends and mentors.

    Kaitlyn headlined season 11 of the Bachelorette, while Tayshia was on season 16.

    "With the help of former Bachelorettes and mentors Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams by her side, Katie is ready to meet her men," ABC's site says.

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    FANS FELL IN LOVE WITH KATIE'S 'NO NONSENSE' ATTITUDE ON THE BACHELOR

    When Katie was a contestant on Matt James’ season of The Bachelor, she quickly gained a reputation for putting bullies in their place.

    "Katie Thurston sets off on her journey to find love with her charm, wit and take-no-nonsense attitude that fans fell in love with during her time on 'The Bachelor,'" ABC's site says of her season.

    Katie became a fan favorite on the show after greeting Matt with a vibrator during her limo entrance during his season.

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    SEASON PREMIERE TRAILER HINTS AT A 'HUGE BOX'

    The trailer for Katie's season of The Bachelorette hinted at plenty of romance and drama, something fans of the series love every season.

    The trailer also hinted at a "huge box" that someone will jump out of, although we can't see who.

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    WHEN DOES THE SHOW AIR?

    Katie Thurston's season of The Bachelorette will premiere tonight.

    The show airs at 8pm EST/7pm CST on ABC.

    New episodes are available the next day on ABC's website and Hulu.

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    BACHELORETTE KATIE THURSTON TO DEBUT HER SEASON TONIGHT

    Bachelorette Katie Thurston and her 30 hunky suitors will spend the upcoming season in a luxury New Mexico hotel.

    The 30-year-old and her admirers have been filming at the five-star Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa – which has been completely shut off to the public.

    A staffer at the resort revealed to The Sun that Bachelorette producers rented “the entire” property. 

    Both the resort and spa are “currently closed to the public,” the insider added. 

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