The Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay

ABC Finds First Black Bachelorette in Current Season's Rachel Lindsay

Next season’s Bachelorette is going to be the most. Historic. Ever.

Rachel Lindsay, a contestant on the current Bachelor season, will be named the next star of ABC’s The Bachelorette, TVLine has confirmed. That makes the Texas attorney the first African-American star of any Bachelor or Bachelorette season, after 33 combined seasons for the reality franchise.

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.

Are you excited to see Rachel as the next Bachelorette? Hit the comments with your take on this “historic” casting.

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30 Comments
  1. jimmy says:

    Shocker! (not)

  2. Wrstlgirl says:

    LMAO, and they are announcing this now?? Maybe she goes tonight.

  3. Alyse says:

    I heard she’s in the top 4 and ends up getting 3rd this season?

  4. steven says:

    Yeah, both Bachelor shows have all white people, until now.

  5. iHeart says:

    well at long as it isn’t Corrine

    • If it is, he deserves it, for keeping her this long.. Wonder what he will say when he watches this back and she how shallow, and self centered she is? They must be told to keep the “ditsy” one a long time, just for ratings!

  6. amp says:

    SO CONFLICTED FEELING because I really like her and I’d be glad if the rumors are true, but I really like Nick and Rachel together :(

  7. Tara says:

    What a boring season this is going to be…
    Doubt I’ll keep watching.
    It should have been between Corinne or Vanessa.

  8. Karyl beloin says:

    I admired and chose Rachel right from night one – I’m so excited to see this smart sexy dynamic woman be the next bachelorette!

  9. SJ says:

    What a lovely lesson for our children: Kids, if you yell loudly enough and long enough, you’ll eventually get your way, no matter the merit. As long as the “loving” and “tolerant” left is happy, I guess…

    • Jenny says:

      No matter the merit? That doesn’t even make sense. Sorry you prefer your whites-only reality TV so much. This girl is awesome. Go watch Friends.

    • Pedro says:

      So a Black Bacharelorette as no merit, because what? Only Whites deserve love?

      And no problem with the lesson that if you persist and fight, you eventually win.

    • Aeol says:

      What does this comment even mean? POC don’t deserve equality because they have to yell long and loudly? If only there was a way for us to be treated equally without having to beg white people to see us that way…

    • Pure says:

      “What a lovely lesson for our children: Kids, if you yell loudly enough and long enough, you’ll eventually get your way, no matter the merit.”

      Donald Trump is teaching your children that lesson everyday.

  10. would think Af am people would rather NOT look this silly. When is 1st Asian Bacherlorette?

  11. Lisa Bain says:

    I am SO HAPPY to see Rachel as the bachelorette! Love, love, love her! I wouldn’t even watch if it was going to be Corinne.

  12. Lisa Bain says:

    Love Rachel! So glad. I wouldn’t even watch if it was gonna be Corinne.

  13. Lisa Bain says:

    I’m happy it’s Rachel. I wouldn’t even watch if it was gonna be Corinne.

  14. Aeol says:

    “Historic?” Oh, these white bachelor people. Quit patting yourselves on the back for finally joining the world of diversity. I am black and have been with my white husband for twelve years. It was historic when Richard and Mildred Loving took the first chapter of marriage equality to the Supreme Court 40 years ago. Now it’s just called “get with the program, you close-minded producers.”

  15. James says:

    This season will have the lowest ratings in the shows history.

    Nobody wants to see a black dating show.

  16. Timmah says:

    Apparently, having a Persian-American bachelorette doesn’t count as historic.

  17. Yvette says:

    Good, she was way way to good for Nick…they all are!

  18. Kathleen Bennett says:

    Glad to know she won’t be the last one standing. She’s too good for Nick. She’ll be an awesome bachelorette!! Smart, funny, mature, poised, gorgeous, interesting, confident……

  19. John says:

    I am so happy the bachelorette finally went black. After all blacks represent such a horribly large % of the population…. like 11% duhhh
    So.. Hollywoot…the guy that made the “go black” decision will be sitting in his own shiva….and like the nego dance… the jigs up! No pun intended. ABC so sucks.
    I’m sure you’ll lie like the amount of watchers of “EMPIRE”. Haven’t. met one viewer. I want to see more Japs and Asian’s…they’re 6%!!

  20. Renee says:

    How is it, that so many people feel that television is just for one race of people! There are a bevy of prominant, successful, well educated, and well deserving persons of every single race! Some of them own the companies many of us work for..and you aren’t even aware of it.
    Everyone deserves the same opportunity for everything available in life, if they choose to go out and get it…even you that are self centered and mentally limited in the Reality, that people are changing. Not everyone wants an environment in which they’re mirror images of themselves. Every now and then even you ought to make yourself sick!! Get informed, open your eyes to the kind of peace that exist, without divisions being made out of unfounded or validated reasons.

    This show is about men and women taking a chance in life to find love and happiness with another human being, not their skin color or ethnic background. If we all check just a little further into our history and ancestry, that which you seem to despise so much, may be avery significant source your very DNA.

    Why does it matter what their nationality may be, you’re not on the show,and it has no literal affect on you or your life. If you are so opposed to persons of a different nationality, who’s probably wealthier, smarter, more successful, well-rounded, and happier than you will ever be, just watch last years re-runs! Do you think other nationalities are only interested in watching caucasians participate in this show or qualified to be on television? No, so put aside your closed minded views, what they do on that show, isn’t for you, it’s for them!