Matt James Enjoys 'Bachelor' Status on Tyler Cameron's Boat

"As creators of one of the most popular and influential franchises on television, ABC and Warner Bros. have an opportunity and responsibility to feature Black, Indigenous, People of Color ("BIPOC") relationships, families and storylines", the petition read. Unfortunately, it hasn't been much of a change within the last three years. Season 25 will mark the first time the franchise has ever had a black male lead in its 18-year history.

He went on saying, "I also want to give a huge shout out to ABC". Very happy for you and @bachelorabc! She later explained that she would look forward to seeing the "additional efforts" of the franchise to make changes.

An American reality dating TV show "The Bachelor" reportedly is going to casting its first black lead. He would be a highlight for the 25th season of the Series. "When Rachel speaks, we listen". Once James became the next bachelor, many fans asked Chris Harrison what happened to Crawley. That's insane. That's ridiculous, ' Rachel added. She was among the former stars who signed a fan-based petition urging series bosses to cast a black Bachelor.

James appeared on "Good Morning America" for the announcement in addition to the show confirming the news on its official social media accounts.

The naming of Matt James comes earlier than usual, since the show usually names the new "Bachelor" leading man at the end of the preceding "Bachelorette" season (and vice versa). "When filming (on The Bachelorette) 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 ideal Bachelor".

Amid a focus on racial diversity after the death of George Floyd, the ABC network has unveiled 28-year-old Matt James as the latest bachelor. He would've been in Clare Crawley's "The Bachelorette" season if not for the COVID-19 pandemic that halted the show's production, Variety exclusively reported.

Matt James grew his own following after being seen with his best friend, Tyler Cameron, the runner-up on Hannah Brown's season of The Bachelorette.

"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 flawless Bachelor", Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement. While talking to Good Morning America, Matt James reportedly said that he will surely try his best to show the world the diversity in love stories.