Finally, after 33 combined seasons of ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette,’ ABC has cast its first black lead. Rachel Lindsay, a Texas attorney, and current contestant on ‘The Bachelor,’ was announced as the next Bachelorette on Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! The 13th season will premiere May 22, ABC announced.
Lindsay, who appeared on Kimmel with Bachelor/Bachelorette host Chris Harrison, will be the the first black lead on either dating show when she takes center stage on Season 13 of The Bachelorette, handing out roses and choosing and dismissing suitors. Lindsay has been one of the women seeking to win the affection of Nick Viall on The Bachelor, which launched in 2002 and is now in its 21st season.