Rachel Lindsay has revealed that she passed on her first chance to be "The Bachelorette" — but noted that an experience involving a stranger made her change her mind.
While chatting with Page Six, the new "Extra" correspondent said, "All the time, I look back and say, 'What if?' It's like 'what if,' because I laughed when my co-workers came into my office and said you should do 'The Bachelor.' And then when they offered me 'The Bachelorette,' I told them no."
What changed her mind?
"It was a mother coming up to me saying, 'I heard you're going to be on 'The Bachelorette.' My daughter stopped watching the show, but she's gonna start watching it again because there's [minority] representation," Rachel recalled.
She immediately knew she had to take the gig.
"I said, OK, then I have to do 'The Bachelorette.' I wasn't even thinking about the bigger picture," she said. "But now I don't even recognize myself, like, 'Who am I?' One decision just sent me on a path to change my whole life course."
In 2017, Rachel went on to become the first Black star of "The Bachelorette."
Earlier this year, producers announced that Matt James will lead the next season of "The Bachelor," making him the first Black male star of the show.