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‘The Bachelor’ star Matt James: Katie Thurston is “incredible,” I think she’ll be the best ‘The Bachelorette’ star ever

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The Bachelor star Matt James is convinced Katie Thurston will be an amazing The Bachelorette star, maybe even the best leading lady to date, and he’s eager to watch her season unfold.

Katie, a 30-year-old bank marketing manager from Lynnwood, WA, was eliminated from Matt’s The Bachelor season before hometown dates but made a lasting impression on Matt and home viewers with her raunchy humor and bold personality.

Katie also put an end to bullying in the house and took pride in being unapologetically herself and embracing her sexuality on Season 25.

Matt said he’s excited to watch Katie look for love on the ABC reality dating series’ upcoming seventeenth season because “she’s incredible.”

“She’s going to do so well,” Matt told E! News. “I’m excited for her to have this space to find her person.”

Matt apparently has high hopes for Katie and what she will bring to the franchise.

“I think that she’s going to be one of the best to ever do it,” Matt gushed. “And it’s not going to be a surprise to me as we watch everyone across the country fall in love with her.”

Matt, whose journey on the show was tumultuous due to Chris Harrison and Rachael Kirkconnell’s racism scandal and his attempt to seek closure from his painful past — which included his parents’ divorce and father’s neglect — admitted he doesn’t have much words of wisdom for Katie.

“I should’ve [asked] Katie for advice,” joked Matt, who broke up with his winner Rachael in February but recently reconciled with her and is currently working on their relationship.

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