The surprise announcement that Matt James will be ABC's next Bachelor—the first Black male lead in a show that has seen 40 franchise seasons in almost 20 years and just one previous Black lead (Rachel Lindsay)—has been met with surprise and delight by fans. Surprise, delight, and a touch of confusion, considering that Matt James is a newbie to the franchise, and usually the Bachelor has appeared on previous seasons (and is typically a fan favorite). But fans and cast members alike, many of whom recognize James as a member of Tyler Cameron and Hannah Brown's "Quarantine Crew," are thrilled about the news. Here's how people are reacting (spoiler: Tyler Cameron is pumped).
People Are Sad It Took This Long for a Black Bachelor
In all reality, Matt James being named the next Bachelor is a game changer. But it’s sad that it took 18 years and a petition to make it happen. #TheBachelorJune 12, 2020
For 18 years, @ABCNetwork devoid us of a chance to show millions of Karens & Amy Coopers that black men are just okay. This is deeper than us just wanting a black man as #TheBachelor; it’s about finally turning the tide of how black ppl are accepted by society. #ItsAboutDamnTime https://t.co/wm24N5S1JFJune 12, 2020
The Salmon Jacket Made a Return
Is it an Easter egg that @mattjames919 is in a salmon jacket for this announcement @TylerJCameron3? (Cc: @therealDBcoop) #TheBachelor <3 pic.twitter.com/wPSYMYV3ZqJune 12, 2020
Clare's Season Is Going to Be...Interesting
How in the HELL are the men on Clare’s season going to act when they realize none of them have a chance at being bachelor?!?!? 😂😂😂#TheBachelorJune 12, 2020
Fans Are Excited About the Fresh Face
'The Bachelor' casts Matt James as first black male lead https://t.co/j1n80XeQzUJune 12, 2020
People Are Hoping It'll Also Be Size Inclusive
And Yes, Clare's Season Will Still Air
For those asking, no, this has nothing to do with Clare’s season. She’s still the “Bachelorette” and from what I’ve heard, will begin filming in July. No start date for Matt James season has been announced yet.June 12, 2020
Remember This Cameo Matt Made?
People forget the new Bachelor, Matt James crashed a pizza review with @stoolpresidente. One of the better reviews out there. @BarstoolRia @BarstoolFran pic.twitter.com/nC5Mc7ycNtJune 12, 2020
Matt James, the newest Bachelor, once crashed a pizza review. pic.twitter.com/x9AcqJNv8oJune 12, 2020
Tyler Cameron Is Very Excited
...But Tyler Is Now Just "A Friend" of Matt's
Here’s a photo of your next Bachelor, Matt James.. and a friend. #TheBachelor pic.twitter.com/G8aMki7qcfJune 12, 2020
Hannah Brown Was Also Pumped
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