ABC Casts Rachel Lindsay as the First Black Bachelorette

ABC’s ‘Bachelorette’ has named current ‘Bachelor’ contestant Rachel Lindsay as the star of next season — making her the first Black star of any ‘Bachelor’ OR ‘Bachelorette’ series. (That’s an issue in itself, what took ABC so long)?

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.

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