I would love for people to realize that Rachel was going to be our girl regardless. Pemberton: Honestly, I think it’s wonderful that we have Rachel as our Bachelorette. She’s beautiful, smart, articulate, educated and has an incredible career.She happens to be African-American, and that’s a great thing. But at the same time, one of the things that makes her a great is that she’s been unlucky in love and hasn’t made time for that — all of these things make for a great show. When I first met Rachel I thought if things don’t work out with Nick, she might be a great candidate.
But first and foremost, we’re trying to create great television to watch.
You tend to have a good amount of contestants from Texas and other Southern states. Pemberton: There really is no rhyme or reason to it.
Here, Pemberton and Harrison take through the inner workings of the yearlong recruitment process, including how online dating has removed the stigma around reality TV love ("When we first started, I was faxing people," said Pemberton) and how they sifted through the "overwhelming" number of men who wanted to meet Lindsay to find the right bunch.
How does it feel to finally have the show's first black star, and why is Rachel the right pick to lead this season?
Upon further review, it's clear that the ABC reality franchise has delivered on its promise to pick the most diverse cast yet for its leading lady, Rachel Lindsay.
The season 13 grouping is the most diverse cast in the , it has been revealed that nearly half of her 31 suitors are nonwhite contestants.Pemberton: We wanted to find the best people we thought Rachel would hopefully have some chemistry with and fall in love with. I look specifically for someone who is really interested in meeting someone in an unusual way and taking that leap of faith. " Harrison: While diversity is an issue, what we try to do is create a great television show.At the same time, yes, you’re trying to make sure everybody’s represented in that pool.We sift through all of the people we have to make sure it’s just the right group for whoever we’re casting in that lead role.What mix of character traits and backgrounds were you looking for this season? An optimism of someone that really thinks, "Wow anything could happen" and "Why not?If you add onto the fact that she’s our first African-American lead, I’m proud. She felt comfortable, knew what she was looking for, and was ready to take that leap.