It took them over 30 seasons, but at long last, the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise is about to get some much-needed diversity.
During a hilariously drawn-out segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night, the show's host and Chris Harrison officially announced that Rachel Lindsay—the fan favorite contestant on this season of The Bachelor—will be the first ever black Bachelorette, and the first black lead in the show's history. The confirmation came after Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss posted some pretty cryptic messages on Twitter over the past week teasing a "historic announcement"—and he definitely did not disappoint.
Bachelor Nation couldn't have been more excited by the news, and immediately took to social media to express how excited they were, both because the show was finally diversifying its cast and also because Rachel would get another shot at finding true love.
And even though things apparently didn't work out with Nick Viall, he still took to Twitter to express how excited he was for her season.
Of course, the most recent Bachelorette also couldn't have been more excited to hear the news.
"I thought there was no other choice but Rachel and she's a Dallas girl, so we're going to keep that trend rolling," JoJo Fletcher told E!. In regards to her being the first black Bachelorette, she added, "I think we're all ready for it."
We've been ready, TBH.
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