The 28-year-old was recently announced as the first dark-skin guy to take on the role of The Bachelor, and while it’s been less than a month since the historic announcement was made, his life as he knows it is already starting to change.
Matt told host Chris Harrison during The Bachelor: Greatest Seasons Ever!, “I’ve heard from a lot of my Black friends that aren’t Bachelor Nation faithful that are excited about me and honored by the position I’m in.” He noted that this is the first time Black people and other persons of color will be able to witness “diverse relationships” unfold on the ABC series.
“I couldn’t be more excited about that,” he shared.
Matt also quipped that different acquaintances have been coming out of the woodwork to congratulate him on the casting decision, including his third-grade teacher. The reality star quipped, “I hadn’t heard from her since I missed my book report. So, there are people coming from all over the place to share their excitement. And it’s been nice.”
Additionally, his best friend, Tyler Cameron, hopped on the camera to dish on what fans and Chris Harrison alike can expect of their new leading man. For Chris Harrison, Tyler warned that there would be a lot of “obscene” early morning workouts and plenty of food.
When it comes to the women, Tyler suggested that Matt wants a partner who can match his same energy level and desire to “change the world.” He described, “I think what you’re going to look for is someone who kind of resembles his mother. His mother is one of the sweetest ladies, very loving, caring, compassionate… Matt’s gonna change the world, and someone that’s ready to take on that challenge with him.”
Matt James and Tyler Cameron appear on The Bachelor: Greatest Seasons–Ever to discuss season 25 of The Bachelor
Prior to being named the newest Bachelor, Matt was set to compete for the affections of Bachelorette Clare Crawley. Her season is due to begin filming this summer, with ABC taking plenty of precautions as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact people across the country.
Finally, everything’s coming up sweet for Clare Crawley.
After the coronavirus pandemic delayed production on Season 16 of The Bachelorette, Warner Horizon Unscripted Television—which produces the ABC series
Unlike past seasons, where contestants travel around the world on a journey to find love, Clare and her suitors will remain in an isolated location for the entire duration of the season. The cast will be “traveling very soon” to a “private area” in Southern California in order to self-quarantine before the cameras start rolling.
Prior to halting production in March, Bachelor Nation was introduced to the men who were cast for Clare’s season. However, host Chris Harrison confirmed that fans would see some new faces added to the lineup because of the delay. Additionally, Matt James will no longer appear on Clare’s season after being cast as the lead of The Bachelor for Season 25, which is set to begin filming in September.
Season 25 of The Bachelor is scheduled to premiere in 2021.
Matt James is ready to fall in love.
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