Lindsay, 35, is the only black person to have led a season of “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette,” and now she’s calling for more diversity within the franchise.
“In 40 seasons, [‘The Bachelor’] had one black lead,” Lindsay said during a virtual interview for “AfterBuzz,” noting that only one of America’s presidents has been black.
Rachel Lindsay. (ABC/Mitch Haaseth)
“You are almost on par to say you’re more likely to become the president of the United States than you are a black lead in this franchise. That’s insane. That’s ridiculous.”
Lindsay recently appeared as a judge on “Listen to Your Heart,” a “Bachelor” spin-off, but she’s prepared to turn away from the show should she not see a change.
“It’s been asked of me: ‘Will I continue in this franchise if it continues in this way?'” Lindsay said. “I can’t. I have to see some type of change. It’s ridiculous. It’s embarrassing. At this point, it’s embarrassing to be affiliated with it.”
Lindsay said she’s hopeful a black lead — possibly Mike Johnson from Hannah Brown’s season of “The Bachelorette” — could serve as the lead very soon.
“I would be thrilled if [Johnson] was the bachelor,” she said. “I think a lot of people would, there was such a huge movement to make him the bachelor last season. I gave a whole spiel when I found out he wasn’t. If it’s him, everybody knows where I stand!”
Reps for ABC did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.