When it comes to The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, they have always done a great job of bringing in diverse characters, but they have not always done great with the lead role. So far there has not been an African-American lead cast as the bachelor or bachelorette, but Juan Pablo Galavis was Latino. Now, TV Guide is sharing that ABC is saying that the next girl to be in the role of The Bachelorette will most likely be diverse. If that is the case, many will be curious to know who might land the role of The Bachelorette.
— TVLine.com (@TVLine) January 10, 2016
ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee said Saturday at the Television Critics Association that their next lead on The Bachelorette probably won’t be white. Here is what he had to say about the upcoming season of The Bachelorette, which should air this summer on ABC.
“I’d be very surprised if [the Bachelorette] in the summer isn’t diverse. Maybe I shouldn’t have said that, but I think that’s likely to happen.”
Now that he has said this about The Bachelorette, everyone will be wondering who will land the role. Rumors have been flying that Becca Tilley simply joined the show this season to try to win the role of The Bachelorette, but that choice doesn’t go along with what he is saying now. Becca is not someone who could be a diverse bachelorette. When talking about the way that they usually bring in someone who used to be on the show as The Bachelorette, Lee revealed that this could change too.
“We’re doing a whole lot of tweaks. Because we have the farm team, right, which allows us to then pick the next one.”
There are only three girls on Ben Higgins season of The Bachelor that are not white, so if they were to choose someone from this season as The Bachelorette then they don’t have a very big group to make the selection from, but it does sound like ABC could decide to go away from their decision of always bringing in a girl that was on The Bachelor as The Bachelorette. Normally The Bachelorette is a past contestant.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) January 9, 2016
This discussion is happening after the show Unreal shared the news that they are going to be bringing on a black male lead as their Bachelor in the upcoming season. This will be their second season, and they haven’t done it with a bachelorette lead yet. Jezebel shared how things are going to go down on the upcoming season. This show is not like The Bachelorette, where someone really does try to find love, but is a scripted show that is all set up like The Bachelor and they show how things happen behind the scenes and more.
Constance Zimmer, who plays Everlasting TV producer Quinn, told E! News about their plans.
“It’s actually really exciting because I do feel like the second season for us means we can kind of go darker. And we can maybe go a little bit further than we might’ve been afraid to in the first season.”
Now that The Bachelorette has shared this news, it will be hard for them to go back on their plans. There are so many different people they could choose as The Bachelorette that are diverse, but they could end up going with someone who is totally unknown and not a celebrity or even someone who was on the show in the past. The Bachelorette could upset a lot of people if they don’t do this after saying the next Bachelorette will probably be diverse.
What do you think about the idea of a diverse girl as the next Bachelorette? Do you think that ABC will make this choice for The Bachelorette or go with someone who was on the show before? Sound off in the comments below and don’t miss new episodes of The Bachelor on Monday nights on ABC with Ben Higgins.
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