Rachel Lindsay said he originally turned down the lead role on The Bachelorette, but the mom of a fan changed her mind.
In a new interview, Rachel admitted that when some of her co-workers first urged her to be on Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor, she laughed it off. She ended up doing the series but planned to retire from reality TV when producers came calling again, this time to offer her the role as the first-ever Black star of the female-led version.
“When they offered me The Bachelorette I told them no,” Rachel told Page Six.
“It was a mother coming up to me saying, ‘I heard you’re going to be on The Bachelorette. My daughter stopped watching the show, but she’s gonna start watching it again because there’s [minority] representation,’ and I said, ‘OK then I have to do The Bachelorette.”
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