‘The Bachelor’ to Be Sued for Racial Discrimination

by | April 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM | The Bachelor

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ABC’s popular dating shows “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” are about to be slapped with a lawsuit claiming racial discrimination.

For years, observers have pointed out that in its 23 seasons, the shows have never featured a “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette” of color, and that lack of diversity continues to be a thorny subject. Now a group led by two African American “Bachelor” hopefuls are making that complaint official in a class-action lawsuit.

According to TMZ, two football players Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson, both African American, auditioned for “The Bachelor” in Nashville, where they claim they were turned away and left out of the normal audition process, for what they believe, was because of their race.

Johnson claims that when he arrived for the audition, a producer asked him, “What are you doing here?”

Attorneys for the plaintiffs issued a press release saying they will be filing a class-action lawsuit in Federal Court Wednesday against ABC, production companies Warner Horizon Television, Next Entertainment, NZK Productions and “Bachelor” executive producer Mike Fleiss.

ABC has not yet responded to the planned lawsuit.