Over the summer the call for more racial diversity rang loud and clear for The Bachelor franchise. At the time a former Bachelor producer penned an open letter to ABC, calling for more diversity both in front and behind the camera.
The producer, identified as Jazzy Collins came after ABC announced Matt James as its first black Bachelor in 25 seasons.
In her statement, Collins claimed that she was the only black person in the casting office throughout her five seasons with the franchise. After being hired to help cast the first black Bachelorette in Rachel Lindsay, Collins was “excited to be an integral part of the show’s history.”
She recalled being called upon to find a “diverse cast,” but the change was short-lived.
“My hope was that having a racially diverse cast of gentlemen would be an important milestone that would continue into the future. That was not the case,” the casting producer explained.
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