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ABC Just Cast The First Black Lead Of 'The Bachelorette,' And It Only Took 33 Seasons


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Spoiler Alert!  ABC just announced its new bachelorette, and not only is she making history, but she's currently still a contestant on "The Bachelor."  Oops...



That time a major network spoiled its own series weeks early.....

But it's for a major reason....we guess.  After a combined 33 seasons of "The Bachelor" & "The Bachelorette," ABC has cast the first black female lead.

The new Bachelorette will be Rachel Lindsay, Variety has confirmed with sources close to the show.

Not only is Rachel making history, but chick is STILL on the current season of "The Bachelor"!

The official announcement was reportedly supposed to come tonight on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” but a reality show blogger leaked the new early.  Sounds like she's getting voted off tonight.

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We hear she actually has pretty good chemistry with the current Bachelor Nick Viall, so tonight's rose ceremony may surprise some folks.

As for Rachel, she's a 31-year-old attorney from Dallas.  And seeing her pool of eligible bachelors she'll be choosing from is sure to be interesting.

Variety reports that the new ABC president is likely to thank for this major turn in diversity as the network has been heavily criticized for years for having next to zero diversity.  They recently cast Juan Pablo as the first Latino Bachelor.  And that's about the extent of the diversity (besides Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher being half white, half Persian).

ABC president Channing Dungey — the first-ever African-American woman to lead a broadcast network — was asked by reporters at TCA about “The Bachelor’s” diversity problem. She said, “I would very much like to see some changes there. I think one of the big changes that we need to do is increase the pool [of contestants] in the beginning.”

Will you be watching Rachel find love?


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