Bachelor Nation are you sitting down? Okay, good, because we have some huge news. Rachel Lindsay has been cast as the very first black bachelorette! Check out the epic announcement right here!
The cat’s out of the bag! Bachelor contestant Rachel Lindsay has been cast as the first ever black bachelorette after 33 combined seasons of exclusively white bachelors and bachelorettes! Rachel is currently a contestant on Nick Viall‘s season of The Bachelor, and was officially announced as the next lady to take the lead in the franchise on the Feb. 13 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which aired after the most recent episode of the reality dating series.
“I think it’s safe to say your hometown date with Nick didn’t go as planned?” Jimmy Kimmel joked with Rachel when she came out on the talk show looking absolutely gorgeous. “Well, yeah,” she laughed. Jimmy then commented on how this announcement was a pretty big spoiler because she’s still on Season 21 of the show vying for Nick’s heart. “Yes it is, but you know, we’re a couple of weeks out from filming, we’re ready to get this started. I’m ready to find love, find a husband so if you know anybody out there who needs to apply, sign up, go ahead and get started!”
Rachel also revealed how the process of selecting her as the next bachelorette began. “You know it wasn’t that long after I got off the show that I was approached, but I honestly thought they were doing it to just to make me feel better from the heartbreak. Then as it kept going I realized, ‘Okay they’re actually serious about this thing.'”
The Texas attorney was very excited to describe her ideal mate to Jimmy. “I’m looking for someone who is ready for what I’m ready for at this point in my life. [I’m] 31. I’m ready to find a husband, someone who is ready to start a family… I’m looking for someone who can make me laugh, [and has] a great smile.” Jimmy topped off their adorable chat by giving Rach the keys to the famous Bachelor mansion!
The news of Rachel’s casting may come as a complete shock to fans, as Nick had previously said that she had been a”front-runner” for him since the beginning, and the star of the next season of the show is not usually announced until after the current season has ended.
Bachelor host Chris Harrison previously hinted that Rachel might have snagged the gig when he said she would be an “incredible” pick. “She’s incredibly smart, she’s sweet and caring yet strong and independent, obviously wicked smart and a lawyer and very accomplished, has a lot of attributes,” Chris told Us Weekly. “That’s massively attractive to Nick, and it would be to any guy!”
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