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For The First Time In The Show's History, A Black Woman Will Be 'The Bachelorette'

Meet Rachel Lindsay.

After 15 years and 33 combined seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, the franchise is making history. It was announced on Monday that Rachel Lindsay will be next season's bachelorette, marking the first time either of the shows has had a Black lead.

The news, which was leaked earlier in the day before the official announcement was made on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, is a bit of a spoiler. As is tradition, Lindsay is a contestant on this season of The Bachelor, but she hasn't been eliminated from the show yet. Fans can now rule her out as the possible winner of Nick Viall's final rose.

According to Viall's Twitter account, however, it looks like there were no hard feelings, as he posted his congratulations.

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Lindsay is a 31-year-old attorney from Dallas. She told Kimmel, "I'm looking for someone who's ready for what I'm ready for. At this point in my life, I'm ready to find a husband, someone who's ready to start a family."

And we're ready for some much-needed diversity in our favorite guilty pleasure dating series.

According to Variety, an ABC executive said they were "thrilled" to have Lindsay as the next star: "This coveted role is always reserved for a fan-favorite from the previous season, and Rachel is no exception and has been the fans' choice since she exited the limo. She is an accomplished, confident and beautiful woman who knows what she wants in life. We all look forward to joining her on the joyous journey as she looks for that one special man."

The Bachelorette will premiere May 22 on ABC. According to Lindsay, filming will begin soon.

See Jimmy Kimmel and host Chris Harrison make the big reveal in the video below:

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