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The Bachelorette 2017: The First Black Bachelorette Is Already Creating Controversy

The Bachelorette 2017 reveal has created quite a stir online. This is because the early announcement reportedly spoiled a part of The Bachelor Season 21’s ending. Earlier this week, The Bachelor franchise announced Rachel Lindsay as their next The Bachelorette star.

The Rachel Lindsay-Nick Viall supporters could not help but got disappointed last week. This is because ABC spoiled the show’s possible ending. The network revealed Lindsay is their The Bachelorette 2017 star. Of course, this means the fairy tale between Lindsay and Viall is over.

The Bachelorette 2017 Is Rachel Lindsay

The announcement caused an outrage for the reality show’s supporters. This is not because of Lindsay being the first Black The Bachelorette star, but on how the revealation was made. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Harrison felt like the network “started the next World War” based on the public’s overwhelming response.

However, in his interview with Kelly Ripa where Harrison guest co-host on Live with Kelly’s Friday episode, he explained the reason why the announcement came early. The host said this is because the network hope that they will be able “to cast specifically for Lindsay.” Harrison continued and said, “Well we need to let everybody know that Rachel is our Bachelorette.”

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The outlet notes that The Bachelor’s host cited Viall’s Bachelor season as an example. They announced Viall as the next Bachelor even when he was still very much part of the Bachelor spinoff series, Bachelor in Paradise.

Though some got irate about the early announcement, BBC reports that Twitterverse went wild upon hearing the news. The latter report noted that the hashtag #BlackBachelorette was one of the social media’s trending topics. Moreover, a vast majority tweeted their support for Lindsay.

First Black The Bachelorette May Not Be Successful?

However, some still think America is not yet ready to have first Black The Bachelorette on television. Former The Bachelorette contestant Wells Adams commented that this reportedly “might not be a successful move” for ABC’s reality show.

Adams went on to say that he thinks America will not embrace Lindsay’s season. The outlet notes that a few did agree with Adams’ statement. Despite polarizing views about Lindsay’s upcoming The Bachelorette season, the lawyer said that her journey to find love is not different from others.

She went on to say that she might be doing it as a reality show, but “she is just a black woman trying to find love.” Lindsay is part of Viall’s Final Four candidates. The recent episode revealed Viall’s hometown visits to the four bachelorettes who are still in the competition.

The Bachelorette 2017 will air right after The Bachelor Season 21. What can you say about Rachel Lindsay as The Bachelorette? Share your thoughts with us!

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