So why is the announcement so historic, as franchise creator Mike Fleiss said on Twitter?
The 31-year-old attorney from Dallas is the franchise's first black lead in its 33-season history, 21 seasons of , during which she quickly became a fan-favorite.
They will live together in a house in Mexico over the course of six weeks.
In addition, this season of “Bachelor in Paradise” will see the wedding of Carly Waddell and Evan Bass from season three.
"I'm looking for someone who can make me laugh, a great smile..." Hopefully, she'll be able to find it when When E!
News caught up with Nick after the premiere aired, he described Rachel as "beautiful" and "intelligent," and said, "She was so calm and so natural, very easy to talk to. She made me feel comfortable and was a calming influence on me."In August 2016, ABC president Channing Dungey talked about the lack of diversity in franchise, noting the pattern of selecting a popular contestant from a previous cycle as part of the issue.
And if you're into spoiler blogs, which some of us are (don't judge), you might have seen that Reality Steve reported Caila's intro package had already been shot.
On the episode, contestant Liz Baxter sits in the hot seat as one of her blind dates details what went down when she was "approached" by a male waiter at a restaurant while the two were dining together.
The groundbreaking episode also sees one of Baxter's matches coming out as gay to her family on national television.
MORE: Corinne Olympios Wants to Bring Her Nanny on 'Bachelor in Paradise' (EXCLUSIVE) "I will boycott the entire franchise if you do any deals with @realdonaldtrump and get everyone I know to do the same," one follower commented while another jokingly added, "That sounds like a suitable alternative to @real Chad Johnson." (Photo Credit: Getty Images) However, it looks like Mike had a change of heart about the cameo after Donald defended host Bill O'Reilly amid his recent sexual harassment allegations. "Now @real Donald Trump will only appear on #Bachelor In Paradise if Billy O'Reilly can come as his wingman... " We think the "Bad Chad" is enough controversy for one season!
MORE: Enter for a Chance to Win a Trip for Two to St. "Of course, @real Donald Trump doesn't think Bill O'Reilly did anything wrong... Following news of the sexual misconduct scandal, Corinne released a statement.