We’re coming up on season 20 of ‘The Bachelor,’ and just finished season 12 of ‘The Bachelorette.’ So what will it take to have an African American be the lead? ABC President of Entertainment, Channing Dungey, tried to break down the diversity issue.
Every year at the Television Critics Association press tour, reporters ask ABC a very important question: why hasn’t there been a black bachelor yet? Well, this summer’s tour was no different.
“I would very much like to see some change there,” ABC Entertainment President, Channing Dungey told reporters on Aug. 4. “And I think one of the biggest changes that we need to do is we need to increase the pool of diverse candidates in the beginning. Because part of what ends up happening as we go along is that there just aren’t as many candidates to ultimately end up in the role of the next Bachelor or Bachelorette. So that’s something we really want to put some effort and energy towards.”
Naturally, this was followed up with another question — can’t the network just pull a man or woman not on the previous season? She admitted that the show “could” do that — so why hasn’t it?
“The show has been very much in a cycle where the first runner-up in one cycle becomes the person who leads the next cycle,” she answered. “And it’s worked very well for us because the audience feels really engaged in helping to choose that candidate, so I think what we’d like to try to do is just widen the pool of faces.”
Oddly enough, Channing did reveal she is a big fan of UnREAL, the Lifetime show that is loosely based on the dark side of shows like The Bachelor. This season of UnREAL does feature a black suitor.
Currently, ABC is still debating over who the next bachelor will be: Chase or Luke. While most feel Luke should be, some hints have been dropped that make us think it may go to the second runner-up of JoJo’s season, Chase.
Do you think it’s time for a black Bachelor or Bachelorette?