- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Dallas attorney Rachel Lindsay will be the next “Bachelorette,” the first African-American woman in that role and one of 30 contestants on the current season of ABC’s “The Bachelor.”

Variety reported the development Tuesday, citing “sources close to the show.”

The entertainment trade magazine noted that the move comes as the ABC reality show had been blasted by critics as rather monochromatic.

“In fact, the only non-white lead was the Latino Juan Pablo Galavis in Season 18 of the flagship series — and he ended up bringing controversy to the series when he made anti-gay remarks,” Variety said, noting that the current season of “The Bachelor” was the “most diverse” in that show’s run with eight non-white women vying for the affections of Nick Viall.

Typically the female contestant for “The Bachelorette” has been the runner-up in the previous season of “The Bachelor.”

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