ABC Announces First Black Bachelorette

It looks like the popular ABC network show “The Bachelorette” is getting a makeover. Recently, it was announced that ABC has for the first time ever casted a black woman as the main cast member of the show. Reports have surfaced stating that Rachel Lindsay will be the first ever black star of the “The Bachelorette” or “The Bachelor” franchise.

Rachel Lindsey the new bachelorette

Lindsey might look a little familiar to you. She is currently a contestant on “The Bachelor”. According to 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.”

The franchise has been on the air for a very long time. In fact between “The Bachelorette” and “The Bachelor” they have a combined thirty three seasons under their belt. So, I say this change is long overdue.

So, what are your thoughts? How do you feel about Rachel being cast? Do you think this change is long overdue? Will this now open the door for other races to be cast as the bachelor or bachelorette? Let me know in the comments.

By Ronda Brooks