'Bachelor' Producers Promise 'Significant Changes' for Franchise Amid Calls for Diversity

'Bachelor' Producers Promise 'Significant Changes' for Franchise Amid Calls for Diversity

'Bachelor' Producers Promise 'Significant Changes' for Franchise Amid Calls for Diversity

Rachel Lindsay isn't overly impressed by the announcement Friday that Matt James will be the next star of ABC's The Bachelor - the show's very first black lead.

She said she looks forward to learning more about what the 18-year-old Bachelor franchise, which also includes The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart and Bachelor in Paradise, has planned for increasing diversity.

A recent petition calling for "Anti Racism in the Bachelor Franchise" recently launched on change.org, has more than 86,000 signatures at this writing.

Originally Matt James is a broker. There are reports which suggest that there are many petitions from the fans and former contestants of the show urging the show makers to bring more diversity in the cast and undergo a "diversity makeover" on their show.

Producers revealed today that Matt had actually now won the hearts of numerous to end up being the " best bachelor ".

"We are excited to move forward with both Matt James as the new Bachelor and Clare Crawley as our next Bachelorette", the statement reads.

"We know we have a duty to make absolutely sure the appreciate tales we're viewing onscreen are consultant of the globe we reside in, and we are proudly in service to our audience", Burke additional.

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Mills, who oversees the "The Bachelor" franchise at ABC network, reportedly added that James' casting was not in response to Rachel Lindsay's statement about cutting ties with the network if a Black bachelor was not cast.

It's no surprise that Tyler was on hand to record this milestone moment for Matt, since they truly put the "best" in friends. I'm giving you a shout out as the fans.

"I think it's a step in the right direction, I don't think there's a wrong time to do the right thing". Further, a report states that James runs an organization in New York City for children from undeserved areas. Hannah took to Instagram to post photos and a video of herself and her pal with the caption: "Matt James is the Bachelor".

"I just woke up and saw some unbelievable progress!" commented former "Bachelor" lead Nick Viall. Considering the seriousness of such public appeal, the makers of The Bachelor are bringing Matt James as the first-ever black lead.

Nick Viall, Season 21's "Bachelor", retweeted the particular campaign in addition to encouraged other folks to do a similar.

The Bachelor NZ screened earlier this year - 22 suitors vied for Dr Lesina Nakhid-Schuster's affections.

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