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'Bachelorette' Star Rachel Lindsay Says There Was A 'Racist Contestant' On Her Season

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By Mike Walters

'Bachelorette' star Rachel Lindsay is revealing several acts of racism she experienced while filming the show, including one 'racist contestant' she was forced to film with during her season.

The reality star sat down with Andy Cohen on 'Watch What Happens Live' and discussed the subject of racist attacks after she became the black of the hit ABC series in 2017.

"From the audience. I definitely experienced it," Lindsay said.

She continued, "More so when it came to picking the men, and then at the end, my husband is Colombian, so I got a lot of racism towards the fact that we were in an interracial relationship. Just a lot of nasty messages, trolling."

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Rachel Lindsay Says She 'Did Have A Racist Contestant' On Her Season

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The 'Bachelorette' star married Bryan Abasolo, the winner of her season of the show, and decided to reveal to Cohen she "did have a racist contestant on my season."

Interestingly, Lindsay refrained from revealing his identity but explained it was one of the reasons she was fighting to have Matt James be the first black lead of 'The Bachelor.'

The 'Bachelorette' producers "didn't do a good job at vetting out" the unnamed contestant who she says was a racist. "But I would hope in the future that never happens again," she said.

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"Which is one of the things that I'm fighting for Matt James as the first black Bachelor, for them to do a better job at vetting contestants," she explained.

She added, "You need a person of color in the decision room making decisions so that doesn't happen to them."

As we reported, Lindsay has been an outspoken member of the Bachelor Nation and recently went off on producers for their lack of diversity on the reality show. She said, “We still don't have the diversity that this show needs and that our audience deserves.”

Reality Star Calls For The End Of 'Systemic Racism' On The Show

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Rachel published a lengthy blog post calling on producers to acknowledge their lack of diversity and the show's “systematic racism.”

"You have often heard me say in interviews that I never watched any Bachelor franchise show prior to being a contestant on it. It is not because I am not a fan of reality television, because I watch a good share of that on the weekly. It is because black people know historically and presently that the show is not formatted for their success," she wrote.

The network has yet to respond to the allegations.

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