When Rachel Lindsay reunited with the former stars of “The Bachelorette” for an upcoming TV special, the reality star said she felt “sad” because of the show’s ongoing lack of racial diversity.
“It was sad for me to look around the room and [see that] no one else looked like me,” Lindsay, 34, told Us Weekly. “It was sad for me to be the sole representation for women of color.”
“The Bachelorette” has been on the air for 15 seasons, and 14 out of the 15 women cast to lead the ABC dating show have been white.
In 2017, Lindsay, who is black, was the first minority to star in the show in its thirteenth season. For the show’s upcoming fifteenth season, Hannah Brown, who is white, was cast as lead after her stint on “The Bachelor,” starring Colton Underwood.
A rep for ABC did not return requests for comment.
Despite Lindsay’s feelings about being the “Bachelor” franchise’s diversity issue, the lawyer-turned-ESPN host has no hard feelings for the women who “paved the way” for her to be “The Bachelorette.”
“They started this ‘journey’ at a time when it wasn’t popular to be the Bachelorette,” she said. “America was not as accepting to see a woman in this role the way they were accepting of men. Social media was not a factor in their decision to find love.”
Lindsay added, “These were women who were open to a new experience and open to love. I loved hearing their invaluable insight.”
“Bachelor” franchise host Chris Harrison shared a picture of the women from the reunion on his Instagram, which featured Lindsay, Becca Kufrin, Emily Maynard, Desiree Hartsock, Andi Dorfman, Ashley Herbert, Trista Sutter, Jillian Harris, Ali Fedotowsky, JoJo Fletcher, Kaitlyn Bristowe, and DeAnna Pappas.
The special airs next Monday, May 6 on ABC.
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