The Bachelorette Season 19 Release Date, Spoilers & Update: Gabby and Rachel Begins Journey

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The Bachelorette Season 19 is officially underway, after Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia were chosen co-leads earlier this month.

“The journey has begun… #TheBachelorette (s),” executive producer Mike Fleisstweeted on Saturday.

The showrunner wasn't the only one who was capturing the first night. Jesse Palmer, for his part, teased his late-night hosting dates on Instagram with a behind-the-scenes look.


Gabby and Rachel Take the Lead in The Bachelorette Season 19

Palmer previously revealed that Gabby, 31, and Rachel, 26, would appear on The Bachelorette Season 19 during the After the Final Rose episode on March 15. As finalists in Clayton Echard's season, the ICU nurse and flight instructor soared to prominence. After both women met the 28-year-old Missouri native's parents, he sent them home to reconnect with Susie Evans, who had left in the previous episode.

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Gabby and Rachel's appearance is the first time the show has featured two Bachelorettes throughout the entire season. (Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson shared the role for a short time before the Off the Vine podcast host, 36, was chosen as the sole lead.)

Reality Steve Drops The Bachelorette Season 19 Spoilers

Reality Steve confirmed on Instagram that Connor Brennan from Katie's season and Bachelor In Paradise Season 7 will be joining The Bachelorette Season 19 as a past competitor. Connor is noted for wearing a black cat costume for his limo arrival, earning him the nickname "Connor the Cat." He also plays the ukulele and writes songs, which he did frequently on Bachelor In Paradise.

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Reality Steve noted that additional returning participants are possible, but Connor is the only one he knows of right now, and fans should expect to see him.

Connor is a fan favorite contestant noted for his eccentric attitude and sweet disposition. He could be a fantastic fit for Gabby, who is known for her humor. He might also go well with Rachel's kind and soft-spoken demeanor. Whether or whether Connor appears, he is a wonderful person who would undoubtedly make someone extremely happy.

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The Bachelorette Season 19 premieres on ABC Monday, July 11, at 8 p.m. ET.