‘The Bachelor’: Did New Host Jesse Palmer Confirm [SPOILER] as the Next Lead on Instagram?

It looks like The Bachelorette Season 18 with Michelle Young will have more than one winner — sort of. Recently, key players from the franchise revealed the next Bachelor star after Matt James will be from Michelle’s journey. Then reports claimed Clayton Echard as the lead in 2022. Now, host Jesse Palmer might’ve just confirmed Clayton’s new Bachelor role on Instagram. So here’s what Jesse teased and what Bachelorette spoilers suggest about Clayton and Michelle moving forward.

[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers from The Bachelorette Season 18 with Michelle Young and The Bachelor Season 26 in 2022.]

Clayton Echard is reportedly the new star of ‘The Bachelor’ Season 26 in 2022

In September 2021, Variety reported that Clayton will be the next star of The Bachelor Season 26 in 2022. The new lead will be a contestant on Michelle’s season of The Bachelorette.

Of course, season 18 hasn’t even begun yet. The new cycle starts on Oct. 19. But even though fans haven’t met Clayton yet, producers allegedly “fell in love” with Michelle’s suitor. 

New ‘Bachelor’ host Jesse Palmer teases Clayton Echard as the next lead on Instagram

As of this write-up, ABC has yet to confirm Clayton as the new bachelor, but it seems Jesse already spoiled the big news. On Oct. 12, the host posted a photo with Clayton on Instagram. Jesse also used “The Bachelor” hashtag, seemingly confirming the upcoming lead.

“Meet my younger, bigger, better looking brother from another mother, @claytonechard 🌹 #TheBachelor,” Jesse captioned the Instagram photo alongside Clayton.

Then, of course, many fans were quick to point out that ABC hasn’t made an official announcement yet.

“Wait. Has it even ‘officially’ been announced that Clayton is the bachelor? LOL,”  a fan wrote on Instagram.

[Spoiler alert: This article contains potential spoilers about Clayton Echard’s elimination and who Michelle Young will pick in The Bachelorette 2021.]

‘The Bachelorette’ spoilers tease when Clayton Echard leaves and who Michelle Young ends up with

While Bachelor Nation viewers have to wait and see what happens to Clayton, it seems likely he won’t win Michelle’s season of The Bachelorette. So how far does the new bachelor get on the show? Recently, franchise blogger Reality Steve shared a few Bachelorette spoilers predicting Clayton will leave sometime after the final 12.

“Based on video I have from Minnesota, I know Clayton at least made Top 12 since he’s in a group date of 10 that I have when they first got to Minnesota,” Reality Steve wrote.

Meanwhile, new Bachelorette spoilers hint that Clayton doesn’t make it to the top two. According to Reality Steve, Michelle will pick between Nayte Olukoya and Brandon Jones. Then Nayte allegedly wins Michelle’s heart at the end of season 18. 

It also seems unlikely that we’ll watch a potential “will they get back together” storyline between Michelle and Clayton on The Bachelor. The spoilers suggest that Nayte and Michelle are still together and engaged. So whatever happens next, it appears we have two potential happy endings to look forward to. Stay tuned.

The Bachelorette Season 18 with Michelle Young starts Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.

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