He’s back! Blake Moynes, who was a contestant on season 16 of ‘The Bachelorette,’ is back for another shot at love on Katie Thurston’s season.
Blake Moynes will make his official return as a cast member on season 17 of The Bachelorette during the show’s July 5 episode. Last week, Blake showed up and told Katie Thurston that he felt there could be something between them. After already getting to know so many other guys on the show, though, Katie wasn’t sure whether or not she should allow Blake to come on her season as a contestant, as well.
By the end of the episode, though, her mind was made up. Katie felt a spark with Blake, too, and asked him to join the season. Previews for this week’s episode reveal that the other guys in the house aren’t going to be too thrilled about the newest addition! Of course, viewers first got to know Blake on season 16 of The Bachelorette, where he hoped to find love with Clare Crawley, and then Tayshia, who replaced Clare as the lead two weeks into filming. Ahead of Blake’s return to the franchise, get to know more about him below!
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1. What Happened To Blake On ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 16?
Blake came to The Bachelorette in hopes of getting engaged to Clare. He was so invested in a potential relationship, in fact, that he broke the show’s ‘no contact’ rule and reached out to Clare via Instagram when filming got delayed due to the coronavirus quarantine. Blake asked Clare how she was doing while being away from her mom in quarantine, and she was touched by the gesture.
However, just two weeks into filming, Clare fell hard for another contestant, Dale Moss, and realized she had no reason to continue on her journey as the Bachelorette. She and Dale got engaged and left the show, but there were still plenty of men left hoping to find love. That’s when Tayshia was brought in as a replacement Bachelorette. Blake fell for Tayshia, as well, and continued on the show until week nine before he was eliminated. He got to enjoy a one-on-one date with Tayshia,
2. What Does Blake Moynes Do For A Living?
Blake is a wildlife manager in Ontario, Canada, according to his ABC Bio. His love of animals led him to study “every wildlife management program he could get his hands on” in college. Now, he works outdoors, while also volunteering with a different endangered species every year. His Instagram page is full of photos of himself with various animals, including his dog, who he rescued.
3. Katie & Blake Spoke Before ‘The Bachelorette’
Before this season of The Bachelorette, Katie confirmed that she had spoken to Blake prior to filming. Their conversation seemingly happened after Katie’s elimination from Matt James’ season of The Bachelor in early 2021. “I definitely knew who he was, which was also Tayshia’s ex-boyfriend, so that’s weird,” Katie explained. “We had chatted before. Usually, what happens, is, like, the guys will reach out to the women once they’re eliminated and be like, ‘Good luck, you did great.’ Like very generic, you know And so to see him, I was like, ‘Why is he here?’ Like, ‘What’s happening!?’”
4. Blake Loves The Outdoors
Blake’s Instagram page is full of photos of himself partaking in outdoor activities, like fishing, boating, feeding wild animals and more. Interestingly, Katie is also a fan of the outdoors, and has talked about how she grew up going camping and spending time in the wilderness with her father before he passed away. Her first one-on-one date of the season was even outdoors-themed!
5. Blake Has A ‘Potty Mouth’
Blake admittedly has a ‘potty mouth’ and said he’s looking for a woman who will be “okay” with that. However, he also is happy to talk about his emotions and says he “wears his heart on his sleeve.”