Although The Bachelor has been a staple on TV since 2002, the present named its first Black lead in June of 2020 (Rachel Lindsay was the primary Black Bachelorette in 2017). Matt James, who’s the founding father of ABC Meals, was initially purported to be a contestant on Clare Crawley’s upcoming season of The Bachelorette. Amid criticism that the franchise has frequently lacked variety, Matt was revealed to be the subsequent star.
Mike Johnson, who has been a well-liked suggestion for The Bachelor since he was despatched dwelling on Hannah’s season, mentioned Matt taking up the function for Season 25.
“Matt is a superb selection. I do really feel like ABC realized that Bachelor Nation was fed up with not having any variety within the lead. They positively needed to do one thing, however that does not take away from Matt being an ideal individual,” he shared. “I do suppose that the timing of it was peculiar, however once more, that does not take away from Matt James.”
He additionally defined how the franchise can work to do higher by including BIPOC illustration in any respect ranges sooner or later.
“I do really feel just like the franchise completely and unequivocally must have BIPOC individuals in lead roles, not simply in entrance of the cameras, however on the prime of the helm,” Mike continued, earlier than elaborating on what roles this would come with. “The casting, the highest government producers, issues of that nature as effectively.”