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Class Action Lawsuit to Probe Alleged Race Discrimination on 'The Bachelor'

I'll admit it. I've watched "The Bachelor" on television on-and-off through the years. I'm familiar enough with the show to know about the "fantasy suites," and how the women all swear to be on the show "for the right reasons," and how the show's host, Chris Harrison, always tells the women booted off the show to "take a minute and say your goodbyes."

But one thing I never thought about in the numerous times I watched the show over various seasons was that, as alleged in a new class action race discrimination lawsuit set to be filed Wednesday, neither "The Bachelor" nor "The Bachelorette" has ever "featured a single person of color." The defendants in the case will reportedly be ABC; production companies Warner Horizon Television, Next Entertainment, and NZK Productions; and the show's executive producer, Mike Fleiss.

Now I know I've seen some African-American women on "The Bachelor" among the many women vying for the bachelor's attention, so the lawsuit must be referring to the absence of any person of color ever serving as the actual Bachelor or Bachelorette for a season. Hollywood, Esq. reports that the plaintiffs in the case will be football players Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson, who are both African-American men. Claybrooks is a linebacker on a minor-league football team. Johnson played wide receiver at Tennessee State and is now preparing to try out for NFL teams.

Hollywood, Esq. notes that last year, executive producer Fleiss commented that the show has tried to "cast for ethnic diversity, it’s just that for whatever reason, they don’t come forward. I wish they would."

Posted by Bruce Carton on April 17, 2012 at 04:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (7)

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