First black Bach­e­lorette is Rachel Lind­say

The Hamilton Spectator - - A & E -

ABC has cast its first black lead to front “The Bach­e­lorette.” Rachel Lind­say, a Texas at­tor­ney who is cur­rently a con­tes­tant on “The Bach­e­lor,” has been tapped for the 13th sea­son — which pre­mières May 22 — of “The Bach­e­lorette,” a source close to the show told the Los Angeles Times. Ear­lier Mon­day, “The Bach­e­lor” cre­ator Mike Fleiss teased on Twit­ter that some­thing “his­toric” would come Mon­day night. “We’re thrilled to have Rachel Lind­say as our next Bach­e­lorette,” said Robert Mills, se­nior vice-pres­i­dent, al­ter­na­tive se­ries, spe­cials and late night for ABC, in a state­ment. “This cov­eted role is al­ways re­served for a fan-favourite from the pre­vi­ous sea­son, and Rachel is no ex­cep­tion and has been the fans’ choice since she ex­ited the limo. She is an ac­com­plished, con­fi­dent and beau­ti­ful woman who knows what she wants in life. We all look for­ward to join­ing her on the joy­ous jour­ney as she looks for that one spe­cial man.” Lind­say’s rise to “The Bach­e­lorette” comes af­ter years of crit­i­cism against ABC for the racially ho­mo­ge­neous cast­ing on the re­al­ity fran­chise, which be­gan in 2002 with “The Bach­e­lor.”

Rachel Lind­say

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