'The Bachelorette' 2016 news: 12th season to star JoJo Fletcher

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"The Bachelor" has recently wrapped up its 20th season on March 14, and Ben Higgins handed his final rose to Lauren Bushnell. This means that Joelle "Jojo" Fletcher may have not won his heart, but she just secured herself a one full series in the next "The Bachelorette," which will be in its 12th installment.

JoJo's casting as the next leading lady of "The Bachelorette" came as a surprise announcement during "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose" special, which was aired live on the same day as the season finale.

She admitted that it is quite hard to watch the final episode, but she said she believes everything happens for a reason and that she has nothing but happiness for the new couple.

Host Chris Harrison then got up from his seat and told the crowd that they have "other business that we have to take care of."

"I promised you that we are going to announce our new bachelorette right here tonight," the host continued. "She's a woman that the entire country fell in love with, and I know, you're all hoping she's able to fall in love again."

Attempting to fake everyone out by pointing in the other side of the stage, Chris finally confirmed that JoJo is going to be the next one handing out roses in the season 12 of "The Bachelorette."

"It's crazy! I'm so excited!" she exclaimed.

This has put to rest the rumors that "The Bachelor" contestant Caila Quinn is going to be the next bachelorette. The show has recently faced criticism regarding its lack of diversity in its lead stars, and Quinn is half Filipino.

Speaking to reporters who attended a January press tour, ABC's then-president Paul Lee said that they are doing some changes to the show. "But I'd be very surprised if 'The Bachelorette' in the summer isn't diverse. I think that's likely ... the tweaks that [creator] Mike Fleiss has put in place will get us where we want to go."

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