Bachelor Nation got a pretty exciting annocement on Monday: Rachel Lindsay will be the next Bachelorette. She’s been a fan favorite since the first episode; she received the first impression rose—and she’s finally the first woman of color to headline a season of The Bachelorette. But there was something a little odd about the timing of the announcement: Rachel is still on The Bachelor as a final candidate on Nick Viall’s season, and it’s presumed she’ll be bringing him to her hometown to meet her family on Monday’s episode.
Needless to say, fans have questions. In the past, Bachelors and Bachelorettes have been announced when the previous season ends—either on finale night or weeks after we’ve stopped discussing it on our lunch breaks. So the fact that we already know that she ultimately doesn’t win this season of the Bachelor apparently had a lot of people pissed at ABC for revealing the major spoiler. (And it means we’re left with Corrine as a real possible winner now.)
With people clamoring for answers, Bachelor and Bachelorette host Chris Harrison explained exactly what happened on Live With Kelly Friday. As it turns out, the annoucement was meant to benefit Rachel.
“We named her the Bachelorette early because weird TV calendar stuff is that The Bachelor runs right up to when we start taping The Bachelorette. Like, we’re talking days. We’re done. And she goes further in the show, and we’re like, ‘Well we need to let everybody know that Rachel’s our Bachelorette. We would like to cast the show for her,'” Chris explained.
“We cast all year long, but like we did with Nick, it’s easier with The Bachelor because the calendar is different leading into it. But we wanted everyone to know it’s Nick, so we can find people that really want to be with Nick. And so we want to cast the show for Rachel, but we can’t do that in two days,” Harrison said.
Given the complexity of the filming calendars, at least the production crew isn’t in a rush to cast—but we have to say, this was never an issue with past Bachelorettes like JoJo Fletcher, who made it to the final two in Ben Higgins’ season. We’ll just have to cope with the spoiler for now, but fingers crossed the filming calendar works out a little better last time.