Former 'Bachelorette' Rachel Lindsay Threatens To Quit The Franchise Over Diversity Issues

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Rachel Lindsay, the first-ever Black Bachelorette, is threatening to quit the franchise if the network does not resolve its ongoing diversity issues.

"In 40 seasons, ['The Bachelor'] had one Black lead," Lindsay said during a virtual interview with AfterBuzz, adding that only one of America's presidents has been Black.

"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."

She continued, "It's been asked of me: 'Will I continue in this franchise if it continues in this way?' -- 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."

Rumors have been floating that Mike Johnson could become the next Bachelor.

"I would be thrilled if [Mike] 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!"