Rachel Lindsay Confirmed as First Black Bachelorette — Watch Video

In what shall go down in history as one of reality TV’s worst-kept secrets, current Bachelor contestant Rachel Lindsay on Monday was announced as the first black Bachelorette.

Despite the information leaking earlier that day, the “official” announcement came during Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, complete with a visit from Bachelor/ette host Chris Harrison.

“Ladies and gentlemen, Jimmy, this is the most dramatic announcement ever,” Harrison began. “There were many women to consider, but this one really stood out.”

“I am excited,” Lindsay said. “I’m ready. I’m ready to find love.”

Of course, we still don’t know how this season of The Bachelor is going to end. Like many others, we assumed that Lindsay’s casting as the next Bachelorette meant she’d be eliminated tonight, so imagine our surprise when Nick Viall ended up handing her a rose. (For Viall’s sake, we hope he doesn’t choose Lindsay in the finale. Spoiler alert: It wouldn’t work out.)

Hit PLAY on the video above to watch Lindsay’s “surprise” announcement, then drop a comment with your thoughts below: How do you think the current Bachelor season will end?

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  1. reesa says:

    the reveal was weird! But happy it’s Rachel! None of those girls are as open and as much of an TV personality als Jojo, Kaitlyn or Andi are, though.. maybe not yet anyway..

  2. :-) says:

    Lol wouldn’t it make for great TV and a big surprise if he did choose her and she said no?

  3. Birdie1037 says:

    Seeing as they normally pick the next Bachelorette from the current season, this was a no brainer. Rachel has been the bright spot in this snore of a season. Out of the all the women left she is the most charming, intelligent, and beautiful one of the bunch. I am so pleased she is the next Bachelorette. Nick is a drip and she deserves so much better.

  4. sunshine says:

    This is a risky move for the network, it will be watched closely by the industry. If the audience shows up it will really be transformative.