After 33 Seasons, ABC's The Bachelor Franchise Reportedly Casts a Black Lead

Camille Rivera
February 14, 2017

After 33 seasons and years of mounting criticism, ABC has finally cast a black lead for it's hit television show The Bachelorette.

Our insiders say the network wanted to wait until after tonight's episode to announce the news, but famed "Bachelor" blogger Reailty Steve leaked the news early.
In fact, those watching Monday's episode while also keeping an eye on the reports coming out on Twitter were left mighty confused when Nick wound up keeping Rachel as one of the final four contestants remaining. In a statement, ABC programming executive Robert Mills said, "This coveted role is always reserved for a fan-favorite from the previous season, and Rachel is no exception and has been the fans' choice since she exited the limo".

There were other moments when it seemed as if the calls for change had been heard.

February 13 is an important date in reality show history!

During the season premiere of Nick Viall's "The Bachelor", Rachel Lindsay won the "First Impression Rose", which is the first rose given out during each season. I guess it's a bittersweet moment for her but what about the fans that have come to cheer for her?

Rachel Lindsay and Nick Viall dance during their New Orleans date.

Rachel, 31, obtained her under graduate degree at University of Texas at Austin, then went on to receive her law degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee. So when they heard the news, they made sure their approval was heard.

"Is that something you think your parents are gonna, like, bring up?" "I wish they would". She's smart, charismatic, and has emotional intelligence (a big talking point on The Bachelor this season); she shakes her head and covers her eyes when awkward shit happens, as if she's the audience's surrogate.

Her appointment not only breaks race barriers for the franchise, but it is also the first time ABC has announced its next star while she or he is still appearing on the season, essentially spoiling part of the ending as to who Viall ultimately picks. "Yes, I'm doing on this huge stage, but again my journey of love isn't any different just because my skin color is". So if she was unable to find happiness on The Bachelor, I'm very hopeful she'll be able to during her time on The Bachelorette.

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