Fans Are Thrilled That Matt James Will Be the First Black 'Bachelor'

"Matt James being named the next Bachelor is a game changer."

Matt James
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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

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The Salmon Jacket Made a Return

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Clare's Season Is Going to Be...Interesting

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Fans Are Excited About the Fresh Face

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People Are Hoping It'll Also Be Size Inclusive

And Yes, Clare's Season Will Still Air

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Remember This Cameo Matt Made?

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Tyler Cameron Is Very Excited

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...But Tyler Is Now Just "A Friend" of Matt's

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Hannah Brown Was Also Pumped

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