The First Black 'Bachelorette' Is Rachel Lindsay
She will also be the first nonwhite contestant to lead the show. Hey, and it only took ABC's "Bachelor" franchise 33 seasons!
Rachel, who is currently a contestant on Nick Viall's season, is a 31-year-old attorney from Dallas, Texas.
When asked who she could be for just one day, she responded, "Michelle Obama. She's everything!"
ABC declined to comment about Rachel when blogger Reality Steve broke the news, but the announcement is expected to come after Monday night's episode on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
Mike Fleiss, the show's creator, tweeted in January:
It isn't unusual for "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" and "Bachelor in Paradise" to use previous contestants from what producers call their "Farm Team."
Channing Dungey, the current ABC Entertainment president and the first black woman to lead a broadcast network in the US, spoke about the franchise,
I would very much like to see some changes there. We need to increase the pool of diverse candidates in the beginning... so that is something we really want to put some effort and energy towards.
When asked about picking outside "The Farm Team," which has contestants from when the show first started in 2009, Channing said,
We could... But first runner up in one cycle becomes person to lead next cycle [and] it's worked really well for us because the audience feels very engaged in choosing the next candidate. I think what we'd like to do is widen that pool of candidates.
So, we can probably safely assume Rachel isn't the one that will end up with Nick and one of the other five remaining contestants will earn that final rose.
Hopefully, Rachel can find true love while we all obsessively watch from the comforts of our own homes like the true voyeurs we are.