PASADENA, CALIF. —It’s been 20 seasons of ABC’s The Bachelor and 11 seasons of The Bachelorette, but not one leading man or lady has yet to be African-American.
This summer, that may change.
Paul Lee, ABC Entertainment Group President, said at the Television Critics Association Saturday that the network is “doing a whole lot of tweaks” to the franchise.
“I’d be very surprised if the [Bachelorette] in the summer isn’t diverse,” Lee told reporters following the network’s executive session.
Normally, the picking process for The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise originates with what Lee called “The Farm Team” a.k.a the pool of contestants that producers have used since the show’s inception in 2009. For example, season 20 Bachelor Ben Higgins was a finalist on last season’s The Bachelorette with Kaitlyn Bristowe. Read more…