Is a Black Bachelor Finally Coming? ABC President Says It's 'Likely'

Is a Black Bachelor Finally Coming? ABC President Says It's 'Likely'
Ben Higgins and the cast of The Bachelor
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01/10/2016 AT 12:55 PM EST

The Bachelor franchise is finally addressing its diversity issue after 14 years on the air, according to Entertainment Weekly.

"We're doing a whole lot of tweaks," ABC Entertainment Group's president Paul Lee told the magazine during the network's TCA presentation in Pasadena, California, on Saturday.

During The Bachelor's 20 seasons and The Bachelorette's 11, there has, notably, been only one non-white lead (American-born Venezuelan Juan Pablo Galavis).

The casting has often drawn backlash from viewers and even led to a lawsuit against the network for alleged racial discrimination in 2012.



Lee said a solution is in the works, however.

"We had a Latino Bachelor, obviously," he explained. "We're doing a whole lot of tweaks. We have 'The Farm Team,' right? Which allows us to pick the next one. But I'd be very surprised if The Bachelorette in the summer wasn't diverse. Perhaps I shouldn't have said that, but I think that's likely to happen."

Franchise die-hard fans are likely aware of "The Farm Team," which essentially refers to the group of current contestants that new Bachelor and Bachelorettes are chosen from. Typically, one of the final contenders for the lead's heart becomes the next star.

In the current twentieth season of The Bachelor, only three non-white women are vying for Ben Higgins' final rose. Fast fan favorite Jubilee, a 24-year-old veteran, immediately comes to mind as a black Bachelorette contender, should she not be chose as the One.

Kaitlyn Bristowe predicted Ben Higgins would be the next 'Bachelor' on PEOPLE Now!



"I think the tweaks that [producer] Mike Fleiss has put in place will get us where we want to go," Lee told EW.

Will those "tweaks" will also lead to a non-white Bachelor? Only time will tell.

Until then, fans can watch the current women duke it out for Higgins' love.
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