JoJo Fletcher On Rachel Lindsay As New 'Bachelorette'


JoJo Fletcher says she's "ready" for Rachel Lindsay to take on her former role as the next "Bachelorette."

After 21 seasons of "The Bachelor" and 12 seasons of "The Bachelorette," Rachel, a 31-year-old lawyer from Dallas, is the first black lead ABC has ever cast in the franchise.

Jimmy Kimmel and Rachel announced the decision Monday night on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" despite the fact Rachel is still a contestant on the current "Bachelor" season.


Last year's "Bachelorette" JoJo Fletcher and former "Bachelor" contestant Becca Tilley briefly spoke to E! News about the historic decision.

JoJo said,

When pressed, JoJo finally commented on the whole first-black-lead-after-33-combined-seasons thing.

JoJo said,

And Becca elaborated,

Eh, I'd say "The Bachelorette" is not so much "pushing boundaries" as it is "finally catching up to the last half century of social change," but whatever. I get her point.

Unfortunately, Rachel's new gig does mean current "Bachelor" Nick Viall will be saying goodbye to her soon. (Way to spoil the rest of this season, ABC.)

On Monday night, Nick posted an emotional tribute to Rachel on his Instagram.


He wrote,

Best of luck to Rachel in her upcoming hunt for a man, and congratulations to her for dodging a bullet on Nick Viall.

Citations: JoJo Fletcher Reacts to Rachel Lindsay Being Named the Next Bachelorette: "I Thought There Was No Other Choice" (E! News)