‘The Bachelor’ Finally Casts Matt James as Its First Black Lead & It Only Took…24 Seasons

Jenzia Burgos

While we’re out here protesting police brutality and demanding justice, The Bachelor’s first Black lead Matt James was announced instead. We’ll take it, I guess. After all, our nation must work on addressing issues in all parts of society—including our entertainment. That includes this fan-favorite reality dating show.

On June 12, ABC broke the news on Good Morning America, sharing that The Bachelor is “privileged to have Matt” as their first Black Bachelor. The franchise’s first Black lead was Rachel Lindsay in 2017, who made history as the star of season 13 of The Bachelorette. Three years later and some 24 seasons in total for The Bachelor, we finally have her counterpart.

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