Matt James Is the First Black Bachelor | 22 Words

There are reality TV shows for everyone. Whether you're into home renovations, cleaning out closets, competitive baking, or kitten rescuers (one of my personal fave genres), there's a reality show for everyone.

But perhaps the most famous corner of the reality television world is The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. 

Keep scrolling to find out more about the latest announcement for the new season that has everyone on the internet talking...

'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' have both been around for quite sometime.

The competitive dating show, The Bachelor, first premiered on ABC back in 2002.

The Bachelorette premiered on ABC in 2003.

With both shows creating a gigantic franchise.

"Bachelor Nation" now has not only the two original shows but a ton of spin-offs as well, such as Bachelor in Paradise, Bachelor Pad and The Bachelor Winter Games. 

There is absolutely no shortage of Bachelor TV shows to pick from.

The format of 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' is pretty simple.

Both the selected Bachelor and Bachelorette begin with a pool of prospective love interests. Each week, contestants either accept a rose and stay on the show, or they are eliminated.

Ideally, the shows end with a proposal for the "winner" of the show.

Honestly, it's insanely addictive.

The drama! The dates! The backstabbing contestants!

Listen, you either love this insane franchise or you don't.

If you're a fan of the show, then you know that each season brings with it new villains and crazy contestants.

There have been a lot of memorable contestants on the shows. Some of the people competing for love are truly next-level - they're wildly controversial and hard to forget.

This franchise is really something.

It's addictive, over-the-top, and ridiculous. Everything a reality television show should be.

Over the years, it has given us some memorable contestants.

But it has always been missing one thing... Diversity.

The show just announced that Matt James will be joining for the 25th season of The Bachelor.

Making him the first black bachelor in the shows 18-year history.

The 28-year-old real estate broker has been named as the new lead on the show.

After originally being cast as a suitor on the upcoming season of The Bachelorette.

Usually, the new bachelor star is chosen after The Bachelorette has aired.

But as the latest Bachelorette season has been postponed due to the current pandemic, it seems that the casting may have been fast-tracked.

Producers announced Matt as the 'perfect Bachelor'.

The casting comes as the franchise has been criticized for its lack of diversity.

In the wake of the recent global protests, supporting the Black Lives Matter movement people have been calling out shows for a lack of inclusivity.

With the franchise even being called out by its own stars.

Rachel Lindsay, the first black bachelorette, expressed her issues in a blog post.

In which she said that unless the franchise makes changes she will dissociate herself from it.

Despite the outcry for change within the show, producers claim that the casting was not a result of that.

They insist that the decision to cast Matt came long before the criticism that they have recently faced.

"Matt was somebody who was on our radar and we were thinking about him."

Rob Mills, who oversees The Bachelor franchise at ABC, told Variety: "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."

He added: "Certainly no one is blind to what is happening in the world, so hopefully this announcement serves as a bit of optimism during a time that we can really use this."

"But I don’t want this to look like we’re patting ourselves on the back or taking a victory lap. We don’t want this, in any way, to seem like a cure-all and seem like, ‘Hey! Look what we did here!’"

In relation to the announcement, Matt said: "I think it's a step in the right direction".

Speaking on GMA he also added: "I don't think it's ever the wrong time to do the right thing. Too little too late for me is this happening, and we can't have change until we put that first foot forward. "And that first foot forward for the Bachelor franchise is having a Black lead, and I'm excited to take that role."

You can watch what Matt had to say about his new role here.

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