The Bachelorette makes history by announcing both Rachel Recchia AND Gabby Windey as the stars of season 19

THE Bachelorette has made history by announcing that both Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey will be next season's leading ladies.

It was revealed during Tuesday night's After the Final Rose special that the two women will star in season 19 together.

Host Jesse Palmer left commercial airline pilot Rachel, 26, and ICU nurse Gabby, 31, stunned when he revealed they would be the new Bachelorettes.

The ladies – who were sitting in the audience at the time – hugged each other tightly.

Rachel exclaimed, "You deserve this," to which Gabby said: "No, you do! Oh my God!"

They walked over to join Jesse on the couch, who said: "That is right. This is crazy. For the first time ever, we will have two Bachelorettes for the entire season."

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Gabby asked if they would be "dating the same guys," but Jesse was vague and didn't give an answer.

He said: "At the end of the day, watching you both support each other in Iceland, and also have you have tonight, that was really the big reason why we decided to give you the shot. You really are deserving of this."

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When asked "how is this thing going to work?" he admitted, "I honestly have no idea."

Jessa added: "But I do want to tell you, Gabby, Rachel, we are going to figure this whole thing out together.

"This is going to be amazing. This is your journey."

The girls vowed to support each other through the process.

Rachel said: "I am so happy for her. I truly am! It's crazy. This is insane and I'm excited to do this journey with you.

"We did it once together. We've been to the craziest experience together."

As they embraced again, Gabby added: "I'm a girl's girl through and through, so having a friend by my side is the best thing I could ask for."

ABC has not yet announced when the new season of The Bachelorette will premiere. 

Both Rachel and Gabby were contestants on Clayton Echard's season of The Bachelor.

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They were eliminated in the season finale after Clayton decided to pursue a relationship with Susie Evans, who left after learning he had been intimate with Rachel and Gabby.

Clayton left the two women in tears when he dumped them – despite previously saying he was in love with both of them.

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