Matt James Cast as 'Bachelor' is the First of Many Steps Toward 'Expanded Diversity' for ABC Franchise

Matt James Cast as 'Bachelor' is the First of Many Steps Toward 'Expanded Diversity' for ABC Franchise

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Matt James Cast as 'Bachelor' is the First of Many Steps Toward 'Expanded Diversity' for ABC Franchise

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Not long after announcing Matt James as the season 25 Bachelor, executive producers for the hit ABC show promised  to make changes within the franchise.

“We are excited to move forward with both Matt James as the new Bachelor and Clare Crawley as our next  Bachelorette,” the statement began, via BachelorNation.com on Friday, June 12.

“We acknowledge our responsibility for the lack of representation of people of color on our franchise and pledge to make significant changes to address this issue moving forward. We are taking positive steps to expand diversity in our cast, in our staff, and most importantly, in the relationships that we show on television. We can and will do better to reflect the world around us and show all of its beautiful love stories.”

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