After a few days of saying very little, the executive producers retreated Bachelor Accepting the work that needs to be done.
In a joint statement posted on the Bachelor Nation website, EPS, which also includes hosts Chris harrison, Resolve to make “significant changes” to overcome franchise problems.
“We’re excited to move forward with both of us Matt james As a new bachelor and Claire crawley As our next graduate. We acknowledge our responsibility for the lack of representation of people of color on our franchise and pledge to make significant changes to advance the issue. We are taking positive steps to expand diversity in our artists, and most importantly, in the relationships we show on television. We can do better to reflect the world around us and show all its beautiful love stories. ”
Matt James, who was originally selected as a contestant for the delayed Clare season, was announced as the next Bachelor this morning, giving him the first black mail lead in franchise history. 39-year-old Claire will also make history as the oldest bachelorette.
On Monday, a petition was launched calling for more diversity and more support for the BIPOC in the franchise, and on Friday there were approximately 90,000 signatures.
The petition had 13 calls for action, seeking to cast a black lead for season 25 Bachelor. Until announcing that Matt was cast as producers on Friday morning, ABC, Warner Bros., Chris Harrison and Mike fleas Has not yet accepted the petition or criticism Rachel LindsayThere are only other black leads in the history of the show.
ABC executives have been making statements about the show’s lack of diversity over the years, but this is the first statement the show has made of this kind.
The show plans to resume filming for Claire Crowley’s season The bachelor Summer, after filming for Matt’s season Bachelor.