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'Bachelor' alum Wells Adams: I don't think America will embrace a black 'The Bachelorette' star


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/03/2017 

The Bachelor franchise alum Wells Adams admits that while Rachel Lindsay might seem like producers' dream for Season 13's The Bachelorette star to finally address the franchise's diversity issue, America may not root for her.

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"I think the franchise wants to so badly break out of its cookie-cutter, white-person shell, but I don't think that America will embrace it, sadly enough," Adams confessed on Vinny Ventiera's Wrong Reasons podcast.

Lindsay is a frontrunner for Nick Viall's heart on The Bachelor's currently-airing 21st season. She received the First Impression Rose and had a romantic date with Viall in New Orleans, during which he told the Dallas attorney he was absolutely "crazy" about her.

Adams, who competed on JoJo Fletcher's recent season of The Bachelorette as well as Season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise, revealed that it's quite possible the next Bachelorette could actually be the villain on Viall's season instead, Corinne Olympios.

"I think what they're going to do is it will be misdirection. I think it's going to be... Rachel, and then at the last second, they'll have Corinne," the radio personality said.

Adams believes producers might change their minds last minute because they've made a habit of doing so.

For Season 12, Bachelor Ben Higgins' ex Caila Quinn -- who is part Filipino -- was initially selected to star as the Bachelorette until the rug was unexpectedly pulled out from beneath her and producers went with Fletcher instead.

"Remember, we all thought it was Caila, and that was exactly what they were trying to do —- that was diversity being the forefront," Wells said, referencing the franchise's desire to cast a woman or man of color in the leading role to squash complaints about the show's lack of diversity.

"And then they kind of took stock of how America felt about it, they kind of leaked that information, and they realized America wasn't superpumped about that choice."

Wells explained, however, that Bachelor Nation may not have responded to Quinn for a number of reasons.

"Regardless of the diversity issue, it might've just been they didn't really love her personality or persona. But when they found out it was JoJo, people were very excited about that," Wells noted.


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