“The Bachelorette” is getting some black girl magic!
After 33 seasons, ABC has cast Rachel Lindsay as their first black “Bachelorette” in the history of the franchise.
The Dallas attorney marks the first African-American lead, male or female, in the franchise’s history. On this season of The Bachelor’s premiere, she was the first African-American contestant to get the show’s coveted ‘first impression rose’ on this season’s premiere.
This is also the earliest a new lead has been announced. Lindsay is a contestant on Nick Viall’s current season of The Bachelor, season 21. Naming her as the next Bachelorette reveals to fans that she won’t be Viall’s final pick, despite the two having solid chemistry. Usually, the next Bachelor or Bachelorette is revealed after the previous season’s finale, often on the After the Final Rose special.
Last August, ABC’s new Entertainment President, Channing Dungey, addressed the lack of diversity on the show saying, “I would very much like to see some changes there. We need to increase the pool of diverse candidates in the beginning, because part of what ends up happening as we go along is there aren’t as many candidates to ultimately end up in the role of the next Bachelor or Bachelorette.”
Meanwhile…back at the ranch, the show’s longtime host Chris Harrison said, “This isn’t a black or white issue, it’s ‘Let’s find the best person to be the Bachelor or Bachelorette,’” he said. “I don’t care what anyone looks like. It does start with casting. I think they’ve made a concerted effort to do a better job. Hopefully word has gotten out so that people understand that’s what we’re looking for…I think they didn’t see themselves being represented, so they started shying away, rightfully so.”
Watch below as Jimmy Kimmel and Chris reveal Rachel Lindsay as the new “Bachelorette.”
Congrats to Rachel. I may actually watch this show when it premieres on May 22 just because of her.
I wonder if Rachel Lindsay is kin to Robin Givens…