The Bachelor Names Matt James as First Black Male Lead

Following years of criticism over a lack of diversity on the hit ABC show, the network announced Friday that The Bachelor will cast Matt James, its first black male lead, to star in their 25th season.

The announcement — on Good Morning America — comes after a blog post from Rachel Lindsay, the franchise’s first black lead, argued for a Bachelor “diversity makeover,” and provided five suggestions that “go beyond casting a lead of color.”

The decision also follows
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