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‘The Bachelor’ Names Matt James As First Black Male Lead In Franchise History For Upcoming Season

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The former ‘Bachelorette’ star, Rachel Lindsay, who was up until this point, the first and only black lead on the reality-dating competition series, and who came to the forefront recently urging the popular series to “acknowledge their systemic racism” obviously that landed on some listening ears.  Couple that, with a petition signed by over 80,000 people at Change.org, demanding a black male lead on The Bachelor, and less discrimination, and ABC listened.

Now, Matt James will become the first black ‘Bachelor’ for its upcoming 25th season, which will air in 2021.

The producer of the series found James when he was going to be one of the suitors vying for the final rose from ‘The Bachelorette’ Clare Crawley’s season where production has been on an indefinite hold since COVID-19,

As for Matt,  he is reported to be a 28-year-old real estate broker, entrepreneur and community organization founder who hails from North Carolina.  James majored in Economics at Wake Forest University, and played wide receiver for the football team. He then played pro football, before moving to New York City, where he now lives.

In a statement, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke, said: Matt has been on our radar since February, 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.”

ABC revealed the casting news on Good Morning America on Friday.

So, what do you think of Matt James becoming the first black ‘Bachelor” on the reality-dating show franchise? Comment below. First watch the announcement on GMA .

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  1. Su000

    June 13, 2020 at 12:22 am

    Well, it’s been;
    2002 to 2020 = 18 years
    and they finally have a black Batchelor.
    If not for BLM and the Sponsors it wouldn’t have happened
    – why?
    it’s near 2 decades of white..

    It’s not actually the writers/producers it’s
    the Sponsors that are jumping-up.

    Well, I hope his lowely women are not all white.

  2. Diane

    June 15, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    The ratings will tell all.

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Kristian Alfonso Departs Days of our Lives After 37 Years

In a bombshell announcement, Days of our Lives enduring and ever-popular star, Kristian Alfonso (Hope Williams) has decided to make her exit from the NBC daytime drama series after more than 37 years in her role.

Kristian made her debut as a teenaged Hope Williams in 1983 and quickly rose to popularity and became soap-famous; along with her on-screen romance to Bo Brady then played by Peter Reckell. Together as one of soaps most all-time popular duos and separately, Alfonso has remained one of soap opera’s most notable performers.   There were only two times throughout her time in Salem, that Kristian took breaks from the show; during one of them she starred on CBS’s Falcon Crest.

According to Deadline who broke the news; in a statement to the outlet, Alfonso shared, “I feel blessed and honored to have been invited into people’s homes for over three decades. However, it is now time for me to write my next chapter.”

And it appears its already a wrap for Alfonso, who will not be returning to the series when the show is planned to return to production in the fall and come early September.

Kristian added:  “I will not be returning to Days when it resumes production in September.  I’ve already filmed my last episode several months ago.”

In a heartfelt post on her Instagram account, the actress gave special thanks to the late Betty Corday (mother of DAYS EP Ken Corday), and of course, her millions of fans who loved her as Hope throughout her time on the soap.  You can read it in full below.

 

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Looks like Salem and Days of our Lives will be back in full-swing come September, if the target date holds true as revealed today by Deadline.

According to their sources, Corday Productions, who produces the long-running NBC daytime drama, sent out an email to cast members on Thursday notifying them of their intent to resume production come September 1st.

However for this article; reps for NBC, Corday and Sony Pictures TV declined to comment.

Days of our Lives has had enough shows banked through early October of this year, so was not pressed to get back into production amidst the coronavirus pandemic as much as CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful (which went back into production a week and half ago), and The Young and the Restless and General Hospital who are targeting a mid-July restart.

All three of the shows, except for DAYS ran out of original episodes to air, back at the end of April of this year.

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In a tweet late on Thursday, the supervising producer of The Bold and the Beautiful, Casey Kasprzyk, shared his enthusiasm at completing the first major hurdle for the soap going back into production during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Showing a viewing copy on disc of the first new episode produced for B&B in months, Casey said: “Just finished viewing our first produced episode since starting production back up! So proud of Team Bold & Beautiful. Great shows airing soon”

The disc had airshow number #8321 on it, and a question mark as to when it will make it to air.

The fact that The Bold and the Beautiful is the first daytime drama to get one new episode completed is a step forward amidst the spike in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County and the state of California.

Now soap fans will have to wait and see if General Hospital and The Young and the Restless begin their productions in the middle of July; as last projected by both series, or if there will be further delays due to the ongoing crisis for the safety of everyone involved at the shows.

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