ABC finally casts the first black Bachelor, but it took too long to get here

At long last, after 40 seasons and 18 years on the air with three shows in the franchise, ABC has finally cast its first black lead on The Bachelor.

The network made the surprise announcement on Friday morning on Good Morning America that 28-year-old real estate broker Matt James will be the next Bachelor on the 25th season of the reality show.

The announcement caught many fans by surprise. There was no fanfare leading up to Friday’s reveal. Typically, the next lead of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette is announced at the end of the preceding show’s season. Obviously,

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