ABC names Matt James as its first black 'Bachelor'

TV - The Bachelor
Posted at 12:29 PM, Jun 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-13 12:29:33-04

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC has named Matt James as its first black “Bachelor” to lead the network’s long-running dating competition show. The casting was announced Friday on “Good Morning America.” James, a 28-year-old from North Carolina, was originally chosen to compete for Clare Crawley’s affection on “The Bachelorette,” but filming was scrapped in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The show has been under increased pressure to be more diverse and cast a black “Bachelor.” Until now, Rachel Lindsay was the only African American to be cast as a lead in the franchise’s 18 year history when she was named “The Bachelorette” in 2017.