Matt James, 28, will be the first black man to lead ABC’s popular “The Bachelor” in its nearly 20-year history.
Matt was originally intended as a suitor for the upcoming season of “The Bachelorette,” in which Clare Crawley will lead. But “Bachelorette” suspended production due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He is also known by Bachelor Nation as Tyler Cameron’s best friend and business partner the runner up from Hannah Brown’s “Bachelorette” season. He was part of Quarantine Crew on TikTok, which featured videos of Brown, Cameron and James.
“Matt has been on our radar since February, when producers first approached him to join Bachelor Nation, as part of Clare’s season. When filming couldn’t move forward as planned, we were given the benefit of time to get to know Matt and all agreed he would make a perfect Bachelor. 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. 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,” ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said in a statement announcing the casting Friday.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter