If you pay any attention to reality television, you've probably noticed that ABC's The Bachelor has never featured a black man in its starring role (neither has The Bachelorette, for that matter). Last year Mike Fleiss, creator of dating show, addressed that issue, saying he and his team "always want to cast for ethnic diversity; it's just that for whatever reason, they don't come forward. I wish they would."
Really? No one's ever come forward? OK …
Anyway, Entertainment Weekly reports that Fleiss' wish has been granted, in the form of "perfect" Portland, Ore., sportscaster Lamar Hurd:
A movement is afoot to crown Portland-based sportscaster Lamar Hurd as the first black Bachelor. According to his professional-looking audition video (click through to watch), Lamar’s assistant Tammy first came up with the idea to submit an application to ABC on behalf of her boss, whom she describes as “perfect.” While Lamar was initially resistant — “Let’s say I wanted to go on it, and was willing to do it, they haven’t even had a black Bachelor” — he ultimately warmed to the idea and agreed to apply for season 17.
Watch part of his audition video here:
Read more at Entertainment Weekly.