ABC has announced the first black bachelorette in the show’s 15-year history. Every season the leading lady for The Bachelorette is chosen based on the runner-up or fan favorite from The Bachelor. This time 31 year-old Texas lawyer Rachel Lindsey won viewers’ hearts and the coveted spot as bachelorette for season 13.
The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss teased for weeks that the next bachelorette choice would be “historic”. According to USAtoday.com, ABC has been under pressure for the past several years due to their lack of diversity with casting for both the Bachelor and Bachelorette.
ABC’s entertainment chief and first African American to head programming at a major broadcast network, Channing Dungey, has wanted to diversify the leading roles of both shows for quite some time.
“I would very much like to see some changes there. And I think one of the biggest changes that we need to do is … increase the pool of diverse candidates in the beginning, because part of what ends up happening as we go along is there just aren’t as many candidates to ultimately end up in the role of the next Bachelor or Bachelorette,” – Dungey – USAtoday.com
Most are excited about Lindsay being announced as the new bachelorette, but some are annoyed with the moment being framed as historical. ABC might have a tough time convincing non-viewers that they aren’t just throwing in a black girl to solely gain viewers.
Lindsay, however, is thrilled to take the lead.
Now that Rachel Lindsay has been cast as the new bachelorette will you be watching?