“The Bachelor” Faces Racial Discrimination Lawsuit
Two Nashville men want to sue ABC and the creators of “The Bachelor” for racial bias because they have yet to feature a person of color in the title role in 23 seasons.
Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson are naming ABC, Warner Horizon Televison, Inc. and executive producer Mike Fleiss in their lawsuit, which they plan to file Wednesday.
Fleiss said in an Entertainment Weekly interview last year that non-white people simply “don’t come forward” to participate in the show as often as whites.
“We really tried, but sometimes we feel guilty of tokenism,” said Fleiss. “ 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.”
ABC and Warner Bros. declined to comment.