“I think that they have to at this point, give us a black Bachelor for season 25. You have to, I don’t know how you don’t,” the lawyer, 35, said about the famed franchise during an interview with Kelsey Meyer on AfterBuzzTV on Friday, June 5. “And, 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.”
The Dallas native has been begging for the franchise to change since she first appeared as a contestant on Nick Viall’s season. After finishing in the top three, she went on to take the reins of season 13.
The Ghosted: Love Gone Missing star previously rallied for Mike Johnson to be the leading man for season 24. He not only would have been the first black man to be in the starring role but would also be the first military veteran.
“He would be great! When is the last time you’ve seen anyone who’s been an African American male really be able to say they can be the lead? You haven’t yet, and there’s been 20+ seasons, so when is this going to happen again?” the former Bachelorette exclusively told Life & Style in August.
However, the title was given to Peter Weber. “How many Peters have we seen before? What season are we on? 24. So, we’ve seen 24 Peters,” the Bachelor Nation star expressed to Entertainment Tonight after the pilot was announced as the new lead. “I’m bored. And it’s nothing personal against him.”
Rachel has never been afraid to speak her opinion. After Hannah Brown used the N-word during an Instagram Live earlier this month, the podcast host alleged she privately reached out to the season 15 star and gave her an “opportunity” to “correct the mistake.” Since “it wasn’t done,” she took to her own page to explain why it’s not OK to use the racial slur, even if it’s in a song.
“My reason for doing this is because I want to educate people on the word and encourage you to hold people accountable. If you feel offended or you feel wronged, don’t give them a pass, hold them accountable for what they did and that’s what I did today,” Rachel concluded her video. “If you’re going to praise someone for being honest and bold and letting it all out, then you have to hold them when they don’t do over a controversial situation, especially one that they’ve caused, think about that.”