ABC Has Cast Its Newest Bachelor

The newest Bachelor has been announced and we’re about it.

Matt James has been named the first Black Bachelor. The announcement came today on Good Morning America.

“We know we have a responsibility to make sure the love stories we’re seeing onscreen are representative of the world we live in, and we are proudly in service to our audience,” the statement from ABC read. “This is just the beginning, and we will continue to take action with regard to diversity issues on this franchise. We feel so privileged to have Matt as our first Black Bachelor and we cannot wait to embark on this journey with him.”

James, a North Carolina native who played football at Wake Forest, had a short run in the NFL and now lives in New York City where he and Cameron run ABC Food Tours, an organization that offers kids from underserved communities the opportunity to explore the city through food, exercise and mental and physical wellness. He is the first Bachelor since 2008′s Matt Grant to be cast as the lead without having appeared as a contestant on The Bachelorette.” THR said about James.

Johnson had originally been cast as a contestant on Claire Foley’s season which had shut down production due to the corona virus.

“He would have been on Clare’s season if it started in March. When we realized the shutdown was going to extend through the summer, we started thinking about how we were going to choose our Bachelor. Matt was somebody who was on our radar and we were thinking about him. We were thinking do we announce him early, or do we put him on Clare’s season and then announce him later, if it doesn’t work out with Clare? We didn’t make a final decision until recently, but this has been talked about for quite some time,  Rob Mills of ABC said.

The Bachelor is set to return in 2021. ABC is currently airing clip show The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever!.

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