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A Full Timeline Of Clare's Bachelorette Drama

From the coronavirus shutdown to a rumored engagement.

Clare Crawley and Dale Moss on 'The Bachelorette' via the ABC press site
ABC/Craig Sjodin

By now, we know a few things about Clare's Bachelorette season: she falls in love with Dale Moss (reportedly!), she quits the show after only two weeks to be with him (reportedly!), and Tayshia Adams replaces her as the show's lead (reportedly!). What we don't know is exactly when all of this happened. Here's everything we've culled from an internet deep dive about how all the drama plays out.

February 2020: Chris Harrison tells Clare she's the new Bachelorette

As seen during the Bachelorette Season 16 premiere, Harrison FaceTimed Clare to give her the good news. "Is this for real?" she tearfully asked the host.

March 2: ABC announces Clare is the new Bachelorette

The network made the big reveal on the March 2 episode of Good Morning America. "The most important thing is I want a man that will take off his armor," Clare said on the show. "I want a man who is strong, but is willing to take off the body armor, open himself up and be vulnerable, and I think that is some serious strength right there."

March 13: Production officially shuts down

A Warner Bros. Television Group spokesperson announced the company would postpone filming its 70-plus series and pilots, including Season 16 of The Bachelorette, due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. "We were going to start filming in just a couple days," Clare later explained on The Bachelorette.

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June: Chris Harrison informs Clare that production is resuming

"We're going to start shooting your season of The Bachelorette in just a few days, and guys are already on their way," the host told Clare on a phone call that happened sometime in June, according to the Bachelorette premiere. The catch? Instead of the Bachelor mansion, Clare and her guys were headed to the La Quinta Resort & Spa near Palm Springs, California, where they'd all have to quarantine as they awaited the results of their coronavirus tests.

Mid-July: Filming officially resumes

Though the exact start date is unclear, photos of Clare filming at La Quinta surfaced on July 20. Following night one of shooting, Clare reportedly only participated in two more rose ceremonies before quitting the show, according to longtime Bachelor blogger Reality Steve.

July 25: Production reportedly has "problems" with Clare

According to a Reddit post later shared by Reality Steve, production began having "problems" with Clare. She reportedly canceled all the events that were supposed to take place on July 25.

Aug. 2: Fireworks go off at La Quinta Resort

Reality Steve obtained a notice sent to local residents informing them that a brief firework display, which was originally scheduled for Aug. 1, would be happening on the resort where The Bachelorette was filming. Although there's yet to be any confirmation, this is when many believe Clare left the show and Tayshia replaced her as the lead.

Aug. 3: Clare & Dale reportedly get engaged

Undisclosed sources told Life & Style that Clare quit the show after finding love with contestant Dale Moss, and the pair had already gotten engaged after just 12 days of dating — possibly explaining the earlier fireworks.

Aug. 7: ABC reportedly sequesters Clare & Dale

According to a source for OK! magazine, ABC sent Clare and Dale to live in a private home until after her Bachelorette season. The insider claimed “it has been made perfectly clear that if either Clare or Dale want to be considered for Dancing With the Stars — which is the natural progression — or any other future with the network, they will do what they are told to do!"