ABC's 'The Bachelor' faces lawsuit for racial discrimination
As many viewers and analysts have noted before, Claybrooks and Johnson point out that over 10 years and 23 seasons, the two reality programs have never featured a person of a color as the titular "Bachelor" or "Bachelorette." Additionally, TMZ reports that when the potential plaintiffs went to a Nashville hotel to audition for the show, Johnson claims a producer asked him what he was doing there. Johnson and Claybrooks say they were then left out of the normal audition process, which they attribute to being African American.
Last year, when asked by Entertainment Weekly if viewers would ever see a bachelor or bachelorette who wasn't white, creator Fleiss said, "I think Ashley [Hebert] is 1/16th Cherokee Indian, but I cannot confirm. But that is my suspicion! We really tried, but sometimes we feel guilty of tokenism. Oh, we have to wedge African-American chicks in there! We always want to cast for ethnic diversity, it's just that for whatever reason, they don't come forward. I wish they would."
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