Rachel Lindsay Ready for ‘Back to Back’ Seasons of Black Leads for ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette’

The beginning of this week gave fans of The Bachelorette a lot of interesting rumors and reports that Tayshia Adams is stepping in to take over Clare Crawley’s season. While reputable sites are confirming the move, Rachel Lindsay is excited to see two upcoming seasons with Black leads. 

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There were rumors this past weekend that Crawley fell in love with one of her contestants, Dale Moss. According to People, the delay due to COVID-19 allowed Crawley to get to know some guys before filming began. Moss had allegedly reached out, they really hit it off, and apparently “no one else stood a chance” for Crawley.

Other sites like E! News reported that their sources stated Adams was brought in to replace Crawley, who allegedly refused to continue filming. One of People’s sources also said that “Tayshia was game and ready to go” when ABC reached out to her. 

“What remains to be seen is if more men will be brought in now to give Tayshia a full roster of suitors,” they said. 

Lindsay loves that the series is giving ‘back to back Black’ seasons of ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette’

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While there’s still a lot that fans don’t know regarding the season, Lindsay is just as excited as the rest of the world. On the Aug. 4 episode of the podcast Higher Learning, which she co-hosts with Van Lathan, Lindsay touched on the news. While she couldn’t confirm anything, she seemed to solidify the authenticity of the rumors. And she’s also excited that Adams can lead her own season, regardless of the circumstances. 

“I have seen people talk, and they’re saying, ‘Oh, it’s not fair, it’s a COVID season. Oh, she’s gonna get the men from the past Bachelorette.’ No, that doesn’t matter,” Lindsay said. “The fact is, they could have chosen other women. There are plenty of other white women to choose from, and they chose Tayshia. That’s my point, forget all of that.”

Not only is she excited for Adams, it’s also a big move toward better diversity for the franchise.

“I am happy to see the diversity because that means for the first time ever, we’re getting back to back Black,” Lindsay pointed out. “Tayshia and then Matt James [the first Black Bachelor]. Bachelor Nation is not gonna know what to do with this. This is beautiful, I am so happy for this moment. I hope I get to be a part of Tayshia’s season. If it’s true.”

Lindsay has commented before on the racism and prejudice of Bachelor Nation audiences. Bringing on more people of color and putting them in lead roles on the show might change that. 

Lindsay doesn’t feel jealous or ill-will toward Adams at all

Lathan brought up that when he was the only Black man at TMZ, there were sometimes feelings of competition when other Black staff members were brought on. He asked if she felt that in this case. 

Lindsay first explained that that’s known as “crab mentality,” which thrives on the notion of “If I can’t have something, neither can you.” And she really hit home that she did not feel that way about Adams’ casting at all. 

“First of all, I always wanted to be known as more than a Bachelorette. I had a whole law career before I came in,” she said. “And it’s been challenging to combat that people see me and they’re like, ‘Oh, that’s the Black Bachelorette.’ But I’m so much more than that.”

Overall, Lindsay is excited to “pass the torch” on to Adams and have her step into a similar role that Lindsay has carried for the past few years. 

“I feel like I’ve done all I can do in this franchise. I’ve been vocal, I fought for inclusion,” Lindsay said. “I fought for diversity, and this is exactly what I wanted. I wanted to make a way, so that other people of color feel included.”

The Bachelorette’s new episodes are supposed to start again in the fall on Tuesdays. 

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