The Bachelorette has made history this year. After 18 seasons of the beloved ABC reality competition show, The Bachelorette has had its first-ever all-Black final four contestants. Michelle Young, who is the current Bachelorette and also Black was first introduced to Bachelor nation when she was in the final two of the first Black Bachelor, Matt James’, season and so it’s exciting to see her push history forward on the long-running series.
The final four contestants included Nayte Olukoya, Joe Coleman, Brandon Jones, and Rodney Mathews who (spoiler alert) was sadly sent home last Tuesday. After the episode aired, Rodney appeared on the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast and spoke about being a part of the historic moment.
"Once I kind of understood the gravity of that situation, it was really something that meant a lot to me,” Rodney said. “For us, and Michelle as well, to kind of talk about that and just us being a part of history with the Bachelor Nation franchise is really something that is so special to me and something I hold near and dear to my heart."
It seemed that the guys while making history also seemed to have a great deal of respect for one another. "Each and every one of them, I'm so blessed to know them and even be in the same category with guys like that," the 29-year-old said. "We were just so honored and happy to be there together."
"We were just all so close and connected but we understood each other's connections with Michelle," he continued. "We're just grateful for that moment. And I can't tell you how proud and happy I was to be a part of that."
Nayte, Joe, and Brandon all also touched on the remarkable occasion via their personal Instagram pages. In an extensive caption, Nayte wrote about how much it meant to him growing up in a predominately white neighborhood and being raised by his mom’s side of the family who is white.
“I know this isn’t some earth-shattering historic event. But I can’t help but think about my experience of growing up in Canada. I grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood, went to predominately white schools, and was raised by my Mom and her side of the family. I didn’t see many people who looked like me. And when I did, it was mainly on TV. And many of us know how people who look like me tend to be portrayed on TV…”
All three of the final contestants also gushed over their “Black queen” Michelle only leaving fans to wonder which one ends up with the Minnesota beauty.
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