By now, the majority of America is well aware that Rachel Lindsay is ABC’s next Bachelorette, also the network’s first-ever black lead in 15 years. However, the smart and savvy attorney still remains in the running on Nick Viall’s current season of The Bachelor, and this week’s hometown dates—arguably one of the most anticipated moments featured in each season—revealed an even more intimate look inside her life.
There was only one key figure missing from the Lindsay family’s introduction to Viall: Where was Rachel’s father?
While the episode aired on Monday, February 20, the Bachelor took to Twitter to reveal Mr. Lindsay’s whereabouts. “I had the pleasure of meeting Rachel’s father off camera,” he wrote. “Like the other fathers, he was wonderful. Thank u 2 all the families. #thebachelor.”
Longtime Bachelor host Chris Harrison, who’s recently been generating headlines of his own, then picked up the baton and further explained why Mr. Lindsay was nowhere to be found in a blog post for Yahoo!
“I think this was a very exciting date for Nick, who got to experience some new things and got to address some really interesting topics with Rachel and her family,” Harrison wrote. “Rachel’s father is a federal judge and so could not appear on our television show, but you should know that Nick and Rachel’s father did get a chance to talk before he left that night.”
On camera, Rachel’s mother had a serious discussion with the software salesman about his intentions. Viall assuaged Mrs. Lindsay’s fears by noting that he found Rachel as “smart, good-looking, easy to talk to, and fun.”
Harrison added, “This date was a huge step forward for Rachel, who obviously was falling in love with Nick — but she’s also a realist, and wanted to gut check her feelings against the perspective that her family could provide. Obviously, sometime soon, things go in a different direction for Rachel, but for the time being, this relationship is strong and growing.”
The outcome of hometown dates still remains unknown, but Lindsay is up against the other three remaining bachelorettes, Raven, Corinne and Vanessa. Regardless, fans already know she will be sent home if Viall’s reaction to her Bachelorette announcement was any indication.
“Bachelor Nation doesn’t know how it all goes down yet, but as you’ll surely see saying goodbye to Rachel was one of the most heartbreaking moments of my life,” Viall shared last Monday, February 13. “I have met very few people who possess as much beauty, grace, and charisma as Rachel and after hearing that she’ll be the next Bachelorette I couldn’t be more excited. Bachelor Nation is so lucky to have her but not as lucky as the group of men who will have a chance at winning her heart. No one is better prepared to show Bachelor Nation, and the world, the beauty of embracing diversity. Good luck Rachel, not that you’ll be needing it. I’m so proud and happy for you, I’m honored to be able to call you a friend. I can’t wait to watch your journey!!”
Producers are currently casting Lindsay’s season of The Bachelorette. Tune in to The Bachelor on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.