It looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer for that “diverse” season of The Bachelorette.
ABC announced on Monday that JoJo Fletcher, runner-up on Season 20 of The Bachelor, will next look for love as the Season 12 bachelorette — a bit of a head-scratcher, given the network’s recently-expressed desire to solve the franchise’s longstanding diversity problem.
In January, ABC’s then-president Paul Lee said he would be “very surprised” if the show’s 12th cycle “isn’t diverse,” adding, “I think that’s likely to happen.”
Though Fletcher is of Persian descent, it had been speculated that The Bachelorette would cast its first-ever non-white leading lady (with Bachelor contestant Caila Quinn, who is Filipino, eyed as a likely candidate).
Fletcher’s casting was announced on Monday’s After the Final Rose special, moments after Ben Higgins rejected her and proposed to Lauren Bushnell.