ABC’s reality franchise “The Bachelor” has long been targeted by criticism over a lack of diversity among the show’s headliners, with just one non-white lead in 20 seasons of “The Bachelor” and 11 seasons of “The Bachelorette,” according to Variety. But that may be about to change, with the publication reporting that ABC boss Paul Lee hinted at the Television Critics Association press tour that diversity may be a part of the upcoming season.
The report quotes Lee saying: “We’re doing a whole lot of tweaks. We have the farm team, right, which allows us to then pick the next one. But I’d be very surprised if ‘The Bachelorette’ in the summer isn’t diverse. I think that’s likely … The tweaks that Mike Fleiss has put in place will get us where we want to go.”
Variety adds: “The ‘farm team’ Lee referred to is the crop of more than 25 contestants per season, which has always featured diverse casting — but for the current season, only three women of color are in the cast. Typically, the next ‘Bachelor’ or ‘Bachelorette’ is chosen from the previous season’s ‘farm team.’”