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ABC Casts First Black ‘Bachelorette’ With Contestant Rachel Lindsay

The Variety reports that ABC has cast its first black in “The Bachelor” franchise history…Is America Ready?

 

According to sources the official announcement will come tonight on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”  The beautiful Dallas attorney has been the Bachelor fan favorite all season.

Variety has confirmed with sources close to the show.

Variety insiders say the network wanted to wait until after tonight’s episode to announce the news, but famed “Bachelor” blogger Reality Steve leaked the news early. Our source says his report is true. ABC did not immediately respond to Variety‘s request for comment, and the network typically does not weigh in on casting rumors.

Lindsay, 31, is an attorney from Dallas, Texas. She is currently in the running on Nick Viall’s season, which airs Monday nights. Typically, the next “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette” is one of the fan-favorite runner-ups from the latest pool of contestants.

“The Bachelor” franchise has long endured criticism of its lack of diverse casting, especially among the leads. While the crop of contestants have become a bit more diverse over the years, for more than 30 seasons of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” an African-American man or woman has never held the main title.

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