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Joelle 'JoJo' Fletcher Named The New Star Of 'The Bachelorette'

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 15/03/2016 Leigh Blickley
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Introducing your new Bachelorette! 

Following the Season 20 finale of "The Bachelor" on Monday night, host Chris Harrison announced that Joelle "JoJo" Fletcher, Ben Higgins' runner-up, would be the star of Season 12 of "The Bachelorette." 

As the live "After the Final Rose" audience cheered, JoJo sat next to Ben, who seemed somewhat surprised by ABC's decision. 

"It's so weird! It's crazy!" JoJo said. 

"She's very deserving," Ben added. 

Many assumed Caila Quinn, Ben Higgins' third choice, would be the new Bachelorette, considering the network has been facing a diversity issue. Quinn would have broken new ground for "The Bachelor" franchise as an Asian-American. (Quinn's mother is Filipina and her father is white.) 

But, it seems "Bachelor Nation" is psyched to have JoJo at the center of 25 men's affections, so there you have it. 

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