US finds its first black Bachelorette

It's only taken some 30 seasons but US franchise finally broadens its appeal. Minor spoiler.

Maybe they had been watching UnREAL.…. ABC in America has finally cast its first African-American Bachelorette lead, in Rachel Lindsay.

Lindsay, 31, is an attorney from Dallas, and currently in the running on The Bachelor featuring Nick Viall.

Variety notes that while contestants have become a bit more diverse over the years, for more than 30 seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, an African-American man or woman has never been the single.

The only non-white lead was the Latino Juan Pablo Galavis in Season 18 but ended up bringing controversy to the series when he made anti-gay remarks.

The announcement was made on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Kimmel did point out that revealing Lindsay as the next Bachelorette this early-on is a spoiler because it means her journey with Viall did not work out. But then, he asked her about her future, leading her own season of the reality show.

“We’re a couple weeks out from filming,” Lindsay said. “I’m ready to find love, find a husband.”


3 Responses

  1. Yay! I really like Rachel! Bit of a shame that her and Nick didn’t work out (as she was my pick) but glad to hear she’ll be the new Bachelorette. I really want either Vanessa or Raven to win but I have a feeling Nick will either pick Corinne or possibly no one at all!

    On the topic of the timing of the announcement I feel like it’s a such a non-issue, to be honest. There are still 3 other girls left so the ending hasn’t completely been spoiled. The Producers obviously had their reasons for announcing now (probably due to filming…?)

  2. While this is a good thing to combat the racial bias on these shows, I do not like how they anounched it. They should have waited until she was eliminated before making the announcement.

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