Matt James "Couldn't Be More Excited" to Tell Diverse Love Stories on 'The Bachelor'

Matt James’ upcoming season of The Bachelor honestly can’t get here soon enough, but fans got a taste of what’s to come during Monday night’s The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever, when Matt showed up for an interview with his best friend Tyler Cameron.

“I’ve heard from a lot of my Black friends that aren’t Bachelor Nation faithful that are excited about me and honored that I’m in the position I’m in,” Matt told Chris Harrison. “And have this opportunity to just represent what it’s going to look like to have diverse relationships and tell those love stories. And I couldn’t be more excited about that.”

Matt is ABC’s first Black Bachelor, and his casting comes amid calls for the show to commit to more diversity in its cast and production team. Executive producers released a statement pledging to make “significant changes” moving forward and “to expand diversity in our cast, in our staff, and most importantly, in the relationships we show on television.”

This is a start, but if you check out the “Campaign for Anti-Racism in the Bachelor Franchise” petition, you’ll see just how much work there is for the show to do—including announcing a “zero tolerance” policy toward racism on air, and hiring a BIPOC diversity consultant.

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