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First black ‘Bachelorette’ is cast for ABC reality series

Rachel Lindsay | ABC

Updated: 11:00 p.m. Feb 13

It’s official, Rachel Lindsay will be the next star of “The Bachelorette.” The announcement was made as scheduled on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Lindsay would not go into details about her departure from the current season of “The Bachelor” where she made it to the hometown visit episode (which airs Feb. 20). But everything points to a not-so-good visit to her parents’ house.

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She’s still a contestant on the current season of “The Bachelor,” but reports are swirling that Rachel Lindsay, a Texas attorney, will be the next Bachelorette.

The official announcement is expected to be made Monday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

According to hollywoodreporter.com, ABC declined to comment on the news, which was first reported by the Reality Steve website.

The series has long come under fire for its lack of diversity in both the stars and final lineup of show contestants, though this season’s bevy of bachelorettes vying for Nick Viall’s final rose has been the most racially diverse to date. Lindsay is currently among the final six candidates. News of her next gig leaves everyone wondering how and when she will make her final appearance on “The Bachelor.”