ABC announced that after 15 years of The Bachelor, the dating competition franchise is getting its first ever Black Bachelorette. But the internet was like, what about Tiffany “New York” Pollard?
On Monday (2/13), Rachel Lindsay was named the lead of the forthcoming spin-off. It’s a historical moment for sure because the 31-year-old lawyer is the first Black person to take on the titular role in 33 seasons of Bachelor–Bachelorette adventures. Up until now, the most diverse casting decision has been the divisive Juan Pablo Galavis, an American-born Venezuelan, in season 18.
The news of Lindsay’s casting filled timelines but notably Twitter users wanted it to be know that there already was a Black bachelorette and it was Tiffany Pollard.
— Loch Ness Monstar (@KingMarkAssad) February 14, 2017
The over-the-top personality, affectionately nicknamed “New York” by rapper Flavor Flav before he eliminated her on The Flavor Of Love, went on to have her own spin-off I Love New York on VH1 that essentially turned the premise of The Bachelorette on its ear.
— Reginal Thomas (@ReginalThomas) February 14, 2017
If the fans are right, and they usually are, Lindsay has some big shoes to fill as the next Bachelorette.
The first African American "Bachelorette" was Tiffany "New York" Pollard. We had two solid seasons from that. #blackhistory
— Her Royal Dopeness (@NAVolatPropriis) February 14, 2017
Pollard parlayed her time on Flavor of Love and I Love New York into a legitimate TV career appearing on Botched, The Next :15, Celebrity Big Brother, Family Therapy, Famously Single and her own web series Brunch with Tiffany.
See more pro Tiffany Tweets below.
Like bitch the first bachelorette is New York. Tiffany Pollard. Come correct.
— dej (@peukinspoint) February 14, 2017
That's cool and all but Tiffany Pollard was the first black bachelorette of tv history.
— S̶O̶R̶R̶Y̶ (@SeventhHoekage) February 14, 2017
If ABC wanted me to watch the Bachelorette, they should have casted Tiffany Pollard
— SourceAshley (@WrecklessLove) February 14, 2017
— . (@jourdandunnxo) February 14, 2017
Tiffany "New York" Pollard was the black bachelorette I needed.
— Oh Hell Beckham Jr (@DEFinition223) February 14, 2017
— Dinah (@Mr_Greenidge_) February 14, 2017
— Jemo (@Jemo009) February 14, 2017
You can catch more of the first ever Black bachelorette on Brunch with Tiffany once a month on VH1.com!
Additional reporting by Heather Ricks