‘The Bachelorette’ alum Katie Thurston unveils new boyfriend Jeff Arcuri

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The Bachelorette alum Katie Thurston has revealed she’s officially dating fellow stand-up comedian Jeff Arcuri.

Katie, 34, took to Instagram on Friday, June 14 and made an announcement that Jeff is her boyfriend.

“Safe to say he’s making it to hometowns next week,” Katie wrote in a nod to her time starring on The Bachelorette’s seventeenth season.

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Katie’s post featured two photos, one of the couple kissing and a second of the pair posing in a photo booth. The photo booth images captured the pair smiling big as well as The Bachelor alum kissing her man on the cheek.

Katie also uploaded a video to Instagram Stories of the couple kissing and snapping a photo onstage in front of a packed theater, according to Us Weekly.

And on Sunday, June 16, Katie shared via Instagram Stories, “Jeff is coming to WA with me this weekend.”

Jeff, who regularly performs comedy in New York City, has made appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Comedy Central’s Roast Battle. The comedian is currently traveling the northeast on his nationwide “Full Beans” tour, and he’ll be stopping in Canada this fall.

Katie teased that she’s in a new relationship in late May when she shared on the “Your Mom & Dad” podcast, “I’m seeing somebody. I’m off the market! I haven’t actually said this yet… You heard it here first!”

Katie had confirmed at the time she was no longer single, but she chose not to unveil her boyfriend’s name.

The comedian gushed further about how she was “happily snatched up” and “very much in that so-called honeymoon phase.”

The podcast’s co-hosts Jess Ambrose and Evan Ambrose – who knew the new man in Katie’s life but kept him a secret — acknowledged that they definitely approved of him, and The Bachelorette alum quipped that she had already said, “I love you,” to her new partner when she “was drunk.”

Katie recalled, however, that she immediately said, “My bad,” to this man for the premature love profession.

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“I think he’s the best,” Katie boasted, later adding, “I literally don’t know if there’s anything I hate about him. Everything’s still cute and quirky and adorable. I’m like, ‘Yeah, do that!'”

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But Katie admitted, “I recognize that could be a problem and [my view of him] may be unhealthy.”

When asked if she’d like to keep this romance more private than her past relationships with The Bachelorette winner Blake Moynes and San Diego bartender John Hersey, Katie replied, “I don’t know.”

“Definitely in the beginning, I’ve been more private. I have, like, this 90-day trial that I always talk about. We’re within that 90-day trial, but I’m very, very confident we’re going to exceed that,” she explained.

Katie noted how she and the mystery man would “cross that bridge” when they got to it.

“But we’ve been seen out in public together,” The Bachelor alum revealed.

“He is also a public person, so people out there already know!… We get the occasional comments here or there… but we’re just kind of enjoying us right now.”

Shortly after mentioning her relationship on the podcast, Katie took to Instagram Stories and asked for her followers’ thoughts on the episode.

“So good!” one fan messaged Katie, Us reported. “Can’t wait to hear more about your new bf + all the tea you’ll be spilling.”

In response, Katie uploaded a Polaroid of herself kissing the unidentified man on the cheek. She covered up the guy’s face with a heart emoji.

Katie had soft launched her romance back in January when she was asked to give dating advice in a Q&A session via Instagram Stories.

At the time, Katie reportedly posted a video of herself holding a man’s hand on the couch, and she advised fans to “take things slow those first three months” to really get to know one another.

The Bachelorette Season 17 star also set her post to “Found You” by Kasbo and Chelsea Cutler.

Katie was last romantically linked to Vince Xu, whom she had met and fallen in love with on FBoy Island, which aired last year. The pair won the show and decided to split the $100,000 prize money after Katie learned he was one of the show’s “Nice Guys.”

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After FBoy Island’s Season 3 finale aired, Katie expressed how she was pleased with her final decision of selecting Vince over her runner-up Benedict Polizzi on Instagram.

“To [Vince] — I’m thankful our paths continued to cross and that you are now part of a chapter I’ll never forget,” Katie wrote via Instagram alongside selfies of the pair. “Glad we finally experienced those bottomless mimosas we dreamt about while on the island.”

Hours later, Katie confirmed she and Vince had broken up and were no longer an item.

When asked if she and Vince were still in a relationship, Katie told her followers on Instagram Stories, “That’s what everyone wants to know.”

“No. That being said, if I’m ever asked to go on reality TV to date again, please just cancel me,” The Bachelor alum quipped. “Three times and [it] doesn’t work out? Maybe reality TV isn’t where your husband is, just a thought.”

Katie initially found fame when she appeared on Matt James’ season of The Bachelor in 2021.

Matt selected Rachael Kirkconnell as his winner, and then ABC promoted Katie to The Bachelorette star of the series’ seventeenth season, which wrapped on ABC in August 2021.

Katie got engaged to Blake, a Canadian wildlife specialist, during her season finale, but they announced their split only a couple of months later in October 2021.

Katie then went public with her romance with John, whom she had eliminated during Week 2 of her The Bachelorette journey, in November 2021. She was accused of moving on from Blake quickly with “a rebound” and emotionally cheating on her ex-fiance.

Katie and John split after less than one year together in June 2022, and Katie expressed on numerous occasions how John had dumped her after she allegedly gave the relationship everything she had. She apparently felt like she was never enough for him.

After ending her relationship with John, Katie decided to look for love on FBoy Island because she thought it was a unique opportunity.

“There were so many different [reasons I signed up for it],” Katie told the magazine in October 2023.

“I watched Season 2 when I was invited and said, ‘Okay, well let’s see what this show’s about.’ And watching it, it was so hilarious — satirical, almost — that it was just such a different experience from my Bachelor experience and I was looking for something a little more lighthearted.”

The Bachelorette alum added at the time, “Yeah, there’s a chance I fall in love, there’s a chance I win money, there’s a chance I make new girlfriends. It was just a win-win-win all the way around.”

Katie also made a cameo on Bachelor in Paradise’s ninth season last year. Katie showed up to the beach in Mexico when her ex, Blake, was dating Jess Girod.

Blake and Katie apparently squashed any beef or tension that had been between them and became friends again. They also still seemed to have chemistry and possibly lingering feelings for each other, which prompted speculation in November 2023 that they were dating again.

But according to Blake, the former couple’s relationship was purely platonic after their Paradise reunion.

“You saw in the episode, it was a very cordial, mutual, mature conversation that allowed us to essentially connect again in the outside world, but in a very friendly manner — to the point where now, it just feels truly just supportive,” Blake shared during a November 2023 episode of the “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast.

Blake elaborated on where he stood with Katie, “She bounces ideas off me. Like she was going on that other show [FBoy Island] and we were able to connect in the outside world in a way where we can have a healthy relationship with an ex. And so that’s where that is.”

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About The Author:
Elizabeth Kwiatkowski

Elizabeth Kwiatkowski is Associate Editor of Reality TV World and has been covering the reality TV genre for more than a decade.

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