Rachel Lindsay responds to Matt James Casting as First Black Bachelor
The announcement came days after Lindsay said she would cut ties with the franchise if they didn’t make real strides towards diversity and acknowledge their “systemic racism” in a statement. The attorney said she needed to see a person of color cast as the Bachelor for season 25 in order to stay.
After 24 seasons aired over 18 years, “The Bachelor” will finally feature a black man as the show’s lead.
On Friday, “Good Morning America” announced that Matt James, a 28-year-old who was originally cast as a contestant on Clare Crawley’s season of “The Bachelorette,” will be the flagship show’s next Bachelor.
At long last, after 40 seasons and 18 years on the air with three shows in the franchise, ABC has finally cast its first black lead on The Bachelor.
The network made the surprise announcement on Friday morning on Good Morning America that Matt James will be the next Bachelor on the 25th season of the reality show.
The announcement caught many fans by surprise. There was no fanfare leading up to Friday’s reveal. Typically, the next lead of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette is announced at the end of the preceding show’s season. Obviously, given the COVID-19 pandemic and with entertainment production shutdown for months, nothing is quite on schedule this summer.