“The Bachelor” franchise has named Tayshia Adams as the new “Bachelorette.”
Adams will become the 2nd Black bachelorette in the show’s 16-year history.
The newest ABC reality star appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to share her excitement.
“As soon as I got the phone call, I said, ‘I have to do three things,’” Adams told Kimmel. “Number one, I have to go run a mile because I just ate two donuts. Number two, I have to scream into a pillow, because what the hell just happened? And number three, I have to call my mom, and that’s exactly what I did.”
Adams is apparently a great choice, because fans are singing her praises. She also has the approval of Rachel Lyndsey, the first Black “Bachelorette.”
“When I stepped in as ‘Bachelorette,’ I wanted to pave away for more diversity, for more people who look like me and who didn’t look like the typical lead, so to see another ‘Bachelorette’ of color, I’m thrilled,” Lindsey told Entertainment Tonight.
Lyndsey has been very vocal about the lack of representation from people of color on the franchise and believes that choosing Adams is a step in the right direction.
“I have been fighting for inclusion, and I’ve said before that Tayshia would be an excellent ‘Bachelorette,’ so I am more than happy to pass the torch,” she said. “I am so excited to see what she’s going to do, how she will represent herself, and her journey to find love. Now she’s in the driver’s seat, and I’m excited to see her get this opportunity.”
“The Bachelorette” airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.