ABC’s “The Bachelor” Season 20 premiered last week. But among the issues it’s facing, ABC President addressed the racial issues. Will Season 21 get a Black bachelor?
In the past seasons, Entertainment Weekly noted that the show didn’t cast a Black leading man. Thus, reporters asked ABC’s entertainment President Paul Lee if there’s a chance they might do so in the upcoming seasons.
“Yeah, yeah, we’re doing a whole lot of tweaks. We had a Latino Bachelor, obviously. We’re doing a whole lot of tweaks. We have The Farm Team, right? Which allows us to pick the next one. But I’d be very surprised if The Bachelorette in the summer wasn’t diverse. Perhaps I shouldn’t have said that, but I think that’s likely to happen. I think the tweaks that Mike Fleiss have put in place will get us where we want to go.”
According to the site, Lee didn’t answer the questions directly. However, Lee gave hints that “The Bachelorette” would be diverse. This in turn might prompt producers to get a non-White lead.
Lifetime’s “UnReaL” co-creator and former producer of “The Bachelor” Sarah Gertrude Shapiro told reporters that she raised such issues when she was still working for the show.
“If anything we’ve all been privy to those conversations, because being in television, you have to be a pragmatist. I’ve heard in those day jobs really appalling things about race all the time… We really want to keep talking about stuff that we’re incredibly passionate about and we think is important.”
Catch Higgins in a new episode this Monday, January 12, on ABC.