‘The Bachelorette’: ABC’s new leading lady revealed with groundbreaking pick

The finale for the current season of “The Bachelor” is still one week away, but the new star of “The Bachelorette” has already been revealed.

Clare Crawley, a 38-year-old hair stylist from Sacramento, will lead “The Bachelorette” franchise during its 16th season. The news was announced Monday morning on “Good Morning America.”

Crawley is no stranger to the franchise, having first appeared as the runner-up during Juan Pablo Galavis’ season of “The Bachelor.” She continued to appear on the first two seasons of “Bachelor in Paradise” and the spinoff entitled “Bachelor Winter Games.”

Crawley can vouch that she’s found love in the franchise before, after leaving “Bachelor Winter Games” with an engagement with Benoit Beauséjour-Savard. The two had a relationship during filming where he proposed during the “Tell All” show, before they eventually called off their engagement in April 2018.

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THE BACHELOR WINTER GAMES - Is love the universal language? Find out as 14 international bachelors and bachelorettes from such countries as Switzerland, Japan and Australia compete and, hopefully, find love with 12 of Americas Bachelor Nation favorites. These singles will go head-to-head in winter-themed challenges, including the toughest sport of all - love. Chris Harrison hosts this highly anticipated, four-episode series, complete with the usual dose of tears, drama, romance and laughter, as The Bachelor Winter Games, a global celebration of unity and love, premieres on TUESDAY, FEB. 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Lorenzo Bevilaqua via Getty Images) CLARE CRAWLEY
THE BACHELOR WINTER GAMES - The Bachelor Winter Games: World Tells All - Immediately following the finale, after the skis and skates have been put away and all of the roses have been handed out, several of your favorite global bachelors and bachelorettes reunite with one another for The Bachelor Winter Games: World Tells All, airing THURSDAY, FEB. 22 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on The Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network (Paul Hebert/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) CLARE CRAWLEY
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 02: Clare Crawley attends the "Bachelor In Paradise" Returns To Mexico For Season 2 Premiere Party at Mixology101 on August 2, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The popular summer series airs Sunday and Monday nights on ABC at 8pm. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Leisure Opportunities)
THE BACHELOR WINTER GAMES - Is love the universal language? Find out as 14 international bachelors and bachelorettes from such countries as Switzerland, Japan and Australia compete and, hopefully, find love with 12 of Americas Bachelor Nation favorites. These singles will go head-to-head in winter-themed challenges, including the toughest sport of all - love. Chris Harrison hosts this highly anticipated, four-episode series, complete with the usual dose of tears, drama, romance and laughter, as The Bachelor Winter Games, a global celebration of unity and love, premieres on TUESDAY, FEB. 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Lorenzo Bevilaqua via Getty Images) CLARE CRAWLEY
THE BACHELOR WINTER GAMES Is love the universal language? Find out as 14 international bachelors and bachelorettes from such countries as Switzerland, Japan and Australia compete and, hopefully, find love with 12 of Americas Bachelor Nation favorites. These singles will go head-to-head in winter-themed challenges, including the toughest sport of all love. Chris Harrison hosts this highly anticipated, four-episode series, complete with the usual dose of tears, drama, romance and laughter, as The Bachelor Winter Games, a global celebration of unity and love, premieres on TUESDAY, FEB. 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Edward Herrera/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) CLARE CRAWLEY
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Its a "Bachelor" reunion on "Good Morning America," 7/20/15, airing on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
BACHELOR IN PARADISE - "Episode 202B" - Drama continues in Paradise on MONDAY, AUGUST 10 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
BACHELOR IN PARADISE - "Episode 202A" - The excitement and drama continues for the remaining contestants as "Bachelor in Paradise" picks up immediately following the first rose ceremony on SUNDAY, AUGUST 9 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. A date card arrives for Jared who has found himself in a love triangle between two prominent rivals - Ashley I. and Clare. His date of choice sets off a chain reaction of dramatic events that leads to more jealousy, fighting, and tears than Paradise has ever seen before!(Photo by Rick Rowell/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
BACHELOR IN PARADISE - "Episode 201A" - Looking for a second chance at love on the two-night season premiere of "Bachelor in Paradise," beginning SUNDAY, AUGUST 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET/PT) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network, the cast arrive one by one to their own private Paradise in the gorgeous town of Sayulita, located in Vallarta-Nayarit, Mexico. Welcomed by Chris Harrison, the cast quickly gets acquainted at a Bachelor-style cocktail party on the shores of Playa Escondida. (Photo by Rick Rowell)/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
BACHELOR IN PARADISE - "Episode 201B" - On MONDAY, AUGUST 3 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network, "Bachelor in Paradise" continues when Clare returns with a date card in hand and a mission to find herself a man. To her disappointment, all of the guys that she's into seem to be taken. Mikey T. seizes the opportunity by inviting himself on the date and without any other options, Clare accepts. The pair head off to an uncomfortably intimate session of tantric yoga followed by a swim under a waterfall. They soon discover their feelings are not mutual. (Photo by Rick Rowell/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 23: Television personality Clare Crawley attends the myVegas Las Vegas Extravaganza hosted by cast members of 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' at Station Hollywood at W Hollywood Hotel on March 23, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
BACHELOR IN PARADISE - The long awaited second season of last summer's #1 new unscripted hit series, "Bachelor in Paradise," returns with a two-night premiere on SUNDAY, AUGUST 2 and MONDAY AUGUST 3 (8:0010:01 p.m., ET/PT) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network.(Photo by Bob D'Amico/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 05: Reality TV Personality Clare Crawley attends ABC's "The Bachelor" season 19 premiere at Line 204 East Stages on January 5, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 04: TV personality Clare Crawley attends ABC's "Bachelor In Paradise" Premiere Party held at Mixology101 & Planet Dailies on August 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Leisure Opportunities)
BACHELOR IN PARADISE - "Episode 101" - This summer, 25 of "The Bachelor's" biggest stars and most controversial contestants are back looking for a second chance at love on "Bachelor in Paradise." They all left "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" with broken hearts, but now they are back to find their soul mates. "Bachelor in Paradise" begins with 14 former cast members, eight women and six men, who travel to beautiful Tulum, Mexico hoping to turn a potential summer fling into the real thing. However, in true "Bachelor" fashion, there is always a surprise. "Bachelor in Paradise" premieres MONDAY, AUGUST 4 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Francisco Roman/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
BACHELOR IN PARADISE - "Episode 101" - This summer, 25 of "The Bachelor's" biggest stars and most controversial contestants are back looking for a second chance at love on "Bachelor in Paradise." They all left "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" with broken hearts, but now they are back to find their soul mates. "Bachelor in Paradise" begins with 14 former cast members, eight women and six men, who travel to beautiful Tulum, Mexico hoping to turn a potential summer fling into the real thing. However, in true "Bachelor" fashion, there is always a surprise. "Bachelor in Paradise" premieres MONDAY, AUGUST 4 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Francisco Rmoan/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
BACHELOR IN PARADISE - "Episode 101" - This summer, 25 of "The Bachelor's" biggest stars and most controversial contestants are back looking for a second chance at love on "Bachelor in Paradise." They all left "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" with broken hearts, but now they are back to find their soul mates. "Bachelor in Paradise" begins with 14 former cast members, eight women and six men, who travel to beautiful Tulum, Mexico hoping to turn a potential summer fling into the real thing. However, in true "Bachelor" fashion, there is always a surprise. "Bachelor in Paradise" premieres MONDAY, AUGUST 4 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Francisco Rmoan/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 16: Clare Crawley Visits EXTRA at Westfield Century City on April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images for Westfield)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MAY 11: TV Personality Bachelorette Clare Crawley poses backstage during the 107.9 Endfest at Placer County Fairgrounds on May 11, 2014 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
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The archival pick is atypical for ABC, since leads are typically selected from the previous batch of contestants from recent seasons. However, the network has gone out-of-order in selecting franchise stars, for instance, with Bachelors Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Nick Viall. On the heels of Galavis’ season in 2014, Andi Dorfman was selected over Crawley as the Bachelorette

Crawley’s resurrection could be a reaction to the recent backlash that contestants are too young with most of the cast being in their early 20’s, which seems outdated for current societal dating habits that see many partners meeting later in life, after they’ve become established in their own careers independently. Crawley dethrones Rachel Lindsay, who was 32 during filming, as the oldest Bachelorette in the franchise’s history.

Aside from the franchise being criticized for its unrealistic age standards, “The Bachelor” has received much backlash for their lack of diversity. Lindsay is the only star, male or female, of color to lead the franchise in its nearly 20 year history.

Several others were in consideration for the gig, including Bachelor alums Tia Booth, Tayshia Adams and Kelsey Weier, who was a runner-up in the current season with Peter Weber.

Filming for “The Bachelorette” is scheduled to begin next week and premiere in May. “The Bachelor” finale airs next week, and the “Women Tell All” special airs tonight. 

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