Bachelor Nation, it’s official– the next “Bachelorette” will be Rachel Lindsay.
Longtime show host and non-aging Chris Harrison appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to make the announcement, making this the first time in history that “The Bachelor” has jumped the gun and revealed the outcome early, as Lindsay is technically still competing in the current season.
The 31 year-old Dallas attorney will be the first African American lead in the franchise’s 33-season history, with 21 seasons of “The Bachelor” and 12 of “The Bachelorette.”
Lindsay has been a fan-favorite from the beginning of the current “The Bachelor” season, having received the first impression rose from Nick Viall, most likely due to her bubbly personality.
Viall shared this adorable message on his Instagram regarding the announcement.
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Bachelor Nation doesn't know how it all goes down yet, but as you'll surely see saying goodbye to Rachel was one of the most heartbreaking moments of my life. I have met very few people who possess as much beauty, grace, and charisma as Rachel and after hearing that she'll be the next Bachelorette I couldn't be more excited. Bachelor Nation is so lucky to have her but not as lucky as the group of men who will have a chance at winning her heart. No one is better prepared to show Bachelor Nation, and the world, the beauty of embracing diversity. Good luck Rachel, not that you'll be needing it. I'm so proud and happy for you, I'm honored to be able to call you a friend. I can't wait to watch your journey!! #thebachelor #thebachelorette
During her appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Lindsay told Kimmel, “At this point in my life, I’m ready to find a husband, somebody who’s ready to start a family. I’m looking for someone who can make me laugh, a great smile…”
“The Bachelorette” is set to premiere in May 2017.