Former “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay isn’t holding back when it comes to addressing the show’s diversity issues.
During Monday’s episode of “Ziwe,” a Showtime variety show hosted by the comedian Ziwe Fumudoh, Lindsay opened up about her experiences, saying she “broke down on camera” over the “selection of men of color.”
“It’s something I was worried about before I went on the show,” Lindsay said. “I think I got a little bit more grace because I was the first and people were just excited that a person of color was in this role.”
Lindsay was the first Black lead on the ABC’s hit show.
When interviewing Lindsay, Fumudoh asked about her experience on the reality-television show and if she received any backlash for ending up with a white man.
“All three of the Black bachelors and bachelorettes have ended up with partners who are not of color,” Fumudoh said.
While on the show, Lindsay said, she says she discovered “several” of the Black men on her season “didn’t date Black women” and that the showrunners “found it interesting.”
“I said, ‘You think that’s interesting? That’s my life. I live that,’” Lindsay said.
The franchise is no stranger to controversy surrounding diversity. Earlier this year, the show faced continuous criticism after host Chris Harrison defended contestant Rachel Kirkconnell on live television.
Harrison, who was being interviewed by Lindsay on Extra, asked viewers to show Kirkconnell “a little grace,” after she was reportedly photographed at an antebellum plantation-themed party in 2018.
Harrison stepped down shortly after.