Sherri Shepherd and More Stars React to Possible Black ‘Bachelorette’ — Exclusive
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Sherri Shepherd and More Stars React to Possible Black ‘Bachelorette’ — Exclusive


Now that we’re down to Nick Viall’s final six women on Bachelor 2017, it’s the question on everyone’s mind: Who will be his successor?

Though casting hasn’t been finalized for the next Bachelorette 2017 lead, many are excited by the idea of Rachel Lindsay as our possible first non-white star. But will it really happen?

That’s the question we asked celebrity fans of the ABC reality series at aTVfest presented by SCAD in Atlanta last weekend, and the response was resoundingly positive.

SCAD Presents aTVfest 2017 – “Trial & Error”
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“I love The Bachelor,” Trial & Error star Sherri Shepherd gushes, though she admits she hasn’t seen this season. However, that might change if the producers make the right casting move.

The former View co-host says she’ll definitely be tuning in should Rachel get the gig for Season 13.

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“It’s been a long time coming,” she states. “I think there needs to be some diversity. It’s just not life to have all the Bachelors be white people. It’s not a reflection of what life is.”

She adds, “If there is a Bachelorette and she’s African-American, I’m so there. I will be sipping my tea every darn week.”

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She’s not alone in that sentiment, of course. UnReal Season 2 alum Meagan Tandy admits she doesn’t always tune into her show’s source material due to the race issues.

“To be honest with you, that’s why I don’t always tune in with it,” the former Miss California USA states. “There’s a lot more than a gorgeous white man that can be Bachelor — there are so many other ethnicities.”

SCAD Presents aTVfest 2017 – “Survivors Remorse”
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Meagan’s Survivor’s Remorse co-star Teyonah Parris agrees with her, stressing ABC needs to add “more people of color” to the series, which is way behind the times.

“It shouldn’t be a trend,” the Chi-Raq star reasons. “It should be a reflection of what our world looks like.”

SCAD Presents aTVfest 2017 – “Survivors Remorse”
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The actress, who got her big break in the acclaimed indie Dear White People, goes on to praise shows like Black-ish, Power, and their own STARZ series for showing that projects with predominantly black casts can be ‘so different.”

“I think what we’re seeing happening with so many different types of shows is that we are not all monolithic beings,” she explains. “There are so many ways in and you still have a ton of other opportunities that you aren’t covering.”

That being said, both women are “pretty sure” the Dallas lawyer is a shoo-in for the gig. Who probably won’t be in the running? Corinne Olympios

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This season’s “villain” has a ticket straight to Mexico waiting for her this summer, according to Scandal’s Josh Malina.

SCAD Presents aTVfest 2017 – “Scandal”

The “proud Bachelor viewer” notes, “I think Corinne will clearly find her way to Bachelor in Paradise, where she belongs.”

As for his pick for Nick’s future wife, the ABC star is sticking to his guns with special education teacher Vanessa Grimaldi.

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“Early on I was calling Vanessa,” he predicts. “I don’t know if that will hold in upcoming episodes, but that’s what I’m just going to stick with.”

The Bachelor airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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