Right after Nick Viall's 'Bachelor' season wrapped, Rachel Lindsay's 'Bachelorette' season began -- and one of her suitors is already getting racial.
Rachel -- the first black Bachelorette or Bachelor -- met her contestants after Monday's finale, and a white guy named Dean decided he wanted to let her know he's down with interracial dating, but watch ... he wasn't nearly that smooth about it.
Rachel's reaction was a classic fake smile -- and Dean's exit ... super awkward.
"Bachelorette" star Ali Fedotowsky got hitched Friday ... and even had an A-list guest watch the whole thing go down.
Fedotowsky, who was at the forefront of season 6 of the show tied the knot Friday in Palos Verdes, CA with TV and radio host Kevin Manno. Not only were friends and family on hand, but "Big Bang" star Kaley Cuoco was a witness too.
Lucky for Ali, this engagement turned out better than her last ... she picked Roberto Martinez at the end of her cycle on "The Bachelorette" but the two ended their relationship in 2011 after a year and a half together.
Ali and Kevin have a daughter together who was also in the wedding.
Rachel Lindsay doesn't care what kind of men step in for her season of "The Bachelorette" -- black, white, it's all good ... but she does want to see a mix.
We got Rachel at Floyd Mayweather's weekend birthday bash inside the J.W. Marriott, and she told us she isn't looking to overcompensate in diversity for her guys just 'cause she's the 1st black 'Bachelorette.'
That's not to say she does want to see a range of color in her contestants, whom she apparently doesn't have all that much of a choice in picking. She did drop a hint though as to what kind of man COULD win her heart.
And definitely check out the scene around Rachel and our photog -- courtesy of our new 360-degree camera!
Before Rachel Lindsay becomes TV's first black 'Bachelorette' she needs to focus on her day job -- a lawyer who's actively defending big-time clients ... like Walmart.
Sources at Rachel's firm in Texas tell us she's assisting on a pending case for Walmart Stores Texas. It's a classic -- an alleged slip and fall, where a woman claims she stepped on a hanger laying in a store aisle and went down hard.
We're told Rachel was actively working the case just last week and will be in the office again later this week ... despite the huge breaking news in her life.
She's currently an associate at Cooper & Scully and it's unclear how she'll balance legal work with reality TV -- but she'll have to figure it out soon. "The Bachelorette" typically starts taping in late March and starts airing in May.
Andi Dorfman -- season 10 'Bachelorette' -- was an assistant D.A. when she shot the show and took a leave of absence from a murder case. Nothing that serious on Rachel's plate.
Finally, a black contestant will be handing out the roses -- multiple sources say Rachel Lindsay will be the next 'Bachelorette.'
Rachel is currently 1 of the 6 women still vying for Nick Viall on "The Bachelor," so this is kind of a spoiler -- but The Hollywood Reporter says she'll be calling the shots next time around. It marks the first time a black contestant will be the lead in 21 'Bachelor' seasons and 12 'Bachelorette' seasons.
Our own Bach Nation sources confirmed Rachel -- an attorney from Texas -- is getting the nod ... which seems like super bad news for Nick, and great news for a bunch of yet-to-be-named dudes.
The one thing we'd just about guarantee is she won't find true love. It's beyond rare on these shows.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was off the mark in his scathing critique of "The Bachelor," because love blossoms the same way on TV as it does in real life ... so says a contestant.
We got "Bachelor in Paradise" star Jared Haibon -- who's been on 2 seasons of "BIP" and 1 season of "The Bachelorette" -- and he says the idea that people aren't their true selves on the reality shows mirrors what happens with everyone on a date ... they put on a good but sometimes false face.
Jared's got a point ... but it seems like Kareem was getting at something a lot deeper than being phony for the cameras. Kareem rails on the shows, saying it portrays "cartoonish physical and mental restrictions" on relationships. He also comes close to calling the shows racist, saying, "If you're black ... you're usually kept around as a courtesy for a few weeks before being ejected."