The “Bachelor” franchise made historical past with the announcement of its first black male lead.
The ABC relationship present introduced on Friday that Matt James, 28, would be the star of the present’s upcoming 25th season. The choice comes amid an awesome quantity of backlash the franchise has obtained from its former contestants in latest weeks for its yearslong lack of range.
A lot of former “Bachelor” franchise stars took to social media to congratulate James.
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“Congrats to Matt James. I am happy to see that a black man was cast after 18 years and 40 seasons. I believe it is a step in the right direction,” Rachel Lindsay penned on Twitter.
The lawyer was the primary black lead ever forged within the franchise’s historical past when she was named because the Bachelorette for Season 13.
Lindsay mentioned on ”Good Morning America” on Friday that she additionally desires a extra numerous crew as effectively.
“I need producers of coloration,” Lindsay explained. “I would really like for them to forged leads which are taken with relationship exterior of their race that aren’t simply getting their first time expertise for the primary time on nationwide TV. I want the acknowledgment of that.”
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Longtime host Chris Harrison wrote, “Congrats Matt James! Our Bachelor family is thrilled to start this journey with our new Bachelor! We can and we will do better to portray diverse love stories that reflect the world around us. This is just the beginning.”
“I just woke up and saw some amazing progress!” commented former “Bachelor” lead Nick Viall.
“Congrats @mattjames919. Very happy for you and @bachelorabc! Enjoy the ride, just get it right the first time. It’s easier that way,” former “Bachelor” lead Peter Weber — who appeared on Season 24 — wrote by way of Instagram.
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Former contestant Jason Tartick mentioned, “This is fan-f*cking-tastic…congrats Matt!!”
“Bachelorette” star Hannah Brown wrote, “Matt James is the Bachelor. I cannot contain my pleasure for this superb human making historical past as the primary Black Bachelor— to God be the Glory!
Tyler Cameron, James’ greatest buddy and runner-up on Hannah Brown’s season, wrote, “Congrats to my brother @mattjames919 on being named the Bachelor. This is all a testament of who you are as a person. Now the world gets to see the person you are and the heart you have. You can change the world. Proud of you and so excited for you. Not excited that somebody will be taking my spot as your snuggle buddy.”
James appeared on “Good Morning America” for the announcement as well as to the present confirming the information on its official social media accounts.
“It’s official…your next Bachelor is @mattjames919!” the show tweeted.
In accordance to studies, James is an actual property dealer and entrepreneur. He was beforehand set to be a contestant on Clare Crawley’s upcoming season of “The Bachelorette” earlier than the coronavirus pandemic postponed manufacturing.
“It’s an honor,” James mentioned of being the following “Bachelor” star. “I’m just going to lean into myself and how my mom raised me and hopefully when people invite me into their homes on Monday night they’re going to see that I’m not much different from them and they see that diverse love stories are beautiful.”
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His season is ready to air in 2021.
“Matt has been on our radar since February, when producers first approached him to be part of Bachelor Nation, as a part of Clare’s season. When filming couldn’t transfer ahead as deliberate, we got the good thing about time to get to know Matt and all agreed he would make an ideal Bachelor,” ABC Leisure president Karey Burke mentioned in an announcement Friday.
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“We all know we have now a accountability to be sure the love tales we’re seeing onscreen are consultant of the world we stay in and we’re proudly in service to our viewers. That is just the start and we are going to proceed to take motion with regard to range points on this franchise. We really feel so privileged to have Matt as our first Black Bachelor and we cannot wait to embark on this journey with him.”
Fox Information’ Melissa Roberto contributed to this report.