ABC’s ‘Bachelorette’ has named current ‘Bachelor’ contestant Rachel Lindsay as the star of next season! This makes Lindsay the first Black star of any ‘Bachelor’ OR ‘Bachelorette’ series!
It’s official! Rachel Lindsay appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday, February 13, and was revealed to be the season 13 Bachelorette. “I’m ready to find love, find a husband,” she said.
Mike Fleiss appeared to confirm the news about Rachel Lindsay by tweeting, “Very happy about the overwhelming support for our new #TheBachelorette!!!”
Lindsay, who landed a one-on-one date with Viall in New Orleans, is one of his six remaining ladies heading into The Bachelor’s February 13 episode. This is the first time that The Bachelorette has announced a series lead before the person’s elimination episode of The Bachelor has aired.
The 31-year-old Dallas-based attorney marks the franchise’s first black lead, and her selection follows the shows’ lack of diversity having become a bit of cause célèbre recently. Series creator Mike Fleiss has recently been tweeting about a “history-making announcement” that will happen on Kimmel.
The Bachelorette season 12 alum Wells Adams was a guest on a podcast earlier this month, and talk turned to whether producers would choose Lindsay. “I think the franchise wants to so badly break out of its cookie-cutter, white-person shell, but I don’t think that America will embrace it, sadly enough,” he said.
ABC president Channing Dungey told reporters at a press event in August that she would like the Bachelor franchise to start choosing more diverse leads. “I would very much like to see some changes there,” she said.
Host Chris Harrison recently told Us Weekly exclusively that the show would be “lucky” to have Lindsay in the coveted role.
Past Remark via TV Line:
Lindsay’s casting is set to be officially announced on Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. But the pressure has been mounting on the franchise for years to put a non-white person in the role of Bachelor or Bachelorette. Executive producer Mike Fleiss teased on Twitter this morning that a “historic announcement” was in the works.But there is one small detail yet to be ironed out here: Rachel is still in the running to win Nick Viall’s heart on the current season of The Bachelor!
Rachel got the coveted “First Impression” rose from Nick in the premiere, and seemed like a frontrunner all season long. But this news all but cinches that she doesn’t get the final rose from Nick at the end — which is a bit of a spoiler, really.So we can probably assume that Rachel gets eliminated tonight, clearing the path for her historic Bachelorette run.