The Bachelor has announced that Matt James will take on the lead role in the 25th season of ABC’s hit romance reality series.
“Matt has been on our radar since February,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment, “when producers first approached him to join Bachelor Nation, as part of Clare’s season. When filming couldn’t move forward as planned, we were given the benefit of time to get to know Matt and all agreed he would make a perfect Bachelor. We know we have a responsibility to make sure the love stories we’re seeing onscreen are representative of the world we live in, and we are proudly in service to our audience. This is just the beginning, and we will continue to take action with regard to diversity issues on this franchise. We feel so privileged to have Matt as our first Black Bachelor and we cannot wait to embark on this journey with him.”
While many fans of The Bachelor have fallen in love with him already, many will meet the 28-year-old real estate broker, entrepreneur and community organization founder on his journey to find love for the first time. The North Carolina native went to Wake Forest University, where he majored in economics and played wide receiver for the football team.
He went on to play professional football, before moving to New York City, where he now resides. His love of food and passion for giving back led to his creation of an organization that is designed to find creative ways to engage kids from underserved communities in New York City, encouraging physical and mental wellness, while also giving them opportunities for new experiences throughout the city.
Audiences first met Matt James as a prospective suitor for The Bachelorette and thousands of fans swooned over the would-be cast member. He showed himself to be the total package, with strong family values, a great career, and over the past few months, he has used his growing platform for good.
Season 25 of The Bachelor is scheduled to premiere in 2021.