'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' accused of racial bias
Two Nashville men plan to file a class-action suit against "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," claiming that the ABC dating shows intentionally exclude people of color.
Representatives for Nathaniel Claybrooks, described as an "All-American football player," and Christopher Johnson, described as an "aspiring National Football League player," contend that both shows over the last 10 years and 23 combined seasons have never featured a person of color in the central role of "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette." They say they play to file class-actions complaints in federal court on Wednesday.
Among those being named in the suit are ABC Inc., Warner Horizon Television Inc. and executive producer Mike Fleiss.
ABC and Warner Horizon representatives declined to comment.
It's not the first time "The Bachelor" has been hit with charges of racism. Shawn Ryan, the creator of "The Shield" and "The Unit," last year blasted producers of "The Bachelor" after they defended the lack of cultural diversity. Fleiss had maintained that the reason why a person of color had not been cast in the main role of the series was becasue minorities had not "come forward."
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Photo: Ashley Hebert kisses J.P. Rosenbaum on the finale of "The Bachelorette's" seventh season. Credit: AP Photo/ABC, Matt Klitscher