To revisit this article, select My Account, then View saved stories. “I don't think it's ever the wrong time to do the right thing,” James says of the historic casting. “We can't have change until we put that first foot forward.
ABC executive Rob Mills told Variety that James has been a front-runner for a while. “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,“ Mills said. “…
However, her season has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and in the interim the two had a minor dust-up after Crawley seemingly accused him of not being on the show for the right reasons. (Bachelor Nation fans, it’s worth noting, firmly took James’s side.
Matt James is already well known to Bachelor Nation as the best friend of Tyler Cameron, the fan favorite who appeared on Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette and once dated Gigi Hadid.
Calling James’s casting historic is truly an understatement: The Bachelor and The Bachelorette have had 40 seasons combined—24 for The Bachelor alone—and out of that 40, there’s been only one Black lead, Rachel Lindsay.
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