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Monday, March 28, 2016
Fil-Am Caila Quinn fails to make cut for The Bachelorette
Despite rumors, half-Filipina fan favorite Caila Quinn will not be part of ABC's reality TV show
Instead of Quinn, her fellow
alumni JoJo Fletcher will be the new face of the popular reality show, according to a
report on Hollywood Reporter
Quinn's exclusion from
cast came as a disappointment to those hoping that the reality dating series would finally tap a diverse woman to lead the show.
Quinn, who is half-Filipina and half-Caucasian, would have been
's first non-white lead had she been included in the cast.
Rumors of Quinn being picked for the show's lead role were fuelled by sightings of a film crew in her hometown of Hudson, Ohio, which shot her intro package after she left The Bachelor in a surprising elimination
US-based Chinese site Yibada, in an
, has noted that the reality show has long suffered from criticisms for its supposed lack of diversity in casting.
USA Today compiled tweets made by producer Mike Fleiss days before the announcement of Fletcher's inclusion where he said that "after five years of BBQ chicken," he might change his food to Thai food
. He then later tweeted, "I chickened out and went with BBQ chicken. If it ain't broke... #Bachelorette"
Meanwhile Quinn, who has moved to New York after her Bachelor stint, is rumored to be part of the cast of yet another spin-off,
Bachelor In Paradise
/KBK, GMA News
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