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ABC announced its first black 'Bachelorette' -- and spoiled this season's 'Bachelor'


Just in time for Valentine's Day, ABC has named its first black "Bachelorette."

The news was announced Monday night on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live." ABC's newest lead, Rachel Lindsay, will appear in the 13th season of "The Bachelorette."

After 15 years and more than 20 seasons on air, Lindsay will be the first black lead cast in either "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette."

"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," an ABC statement said.

Fans of the dating show were pleased, but were surprised it took so long.

Many said it was about time.

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However, the news came as somewhat of a spoiler to fans considering the ongoing season of "The Bachelor" is still running and Lindsay has yet to be eliminated.  Lindsay, 31, is an attorney from Texas and is currently competing to win the final rose from Nick Viall. 

While most fans were excited for Lindsay, they certainly didn't like the spoiler.

Some fans can now say, "Called it!"

Speaking to Jimmy Kimmel, Lindsay said she's ready to find love and even urged the audience to send any eligible and interested bachelors to apply for the show.

"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," ABC's statement continued. The 13th season featuring Lindsay is set to air in May.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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