ABC shocks fans by announcing two seasons of 'The Bachelorette' for 2021

ABC shocked Bachelor Nation Monday night with the announcement of two bachelorettes for 2021. Following a dramatic The Bachelor: After the Final Rose, two fan favorites from this past season of The Bachelor, Katie Thurston and Michelle Young, joined host Emmanuel Acho on stage where they simultaneously made the announcement. But they won’t be simultaneous bachelorettes. Thurston will be bachelorette for Season 17, set to begin production next week and air this summer, and Young will be bachelorette for Season 18, which will air this fall. This will be the first time in the history of the franchise that two seasons of The Bachelorette will air in the same year.