AceShowbiz - Diversity has been what people are wanting to see on ABC's "The Bachelor" franchise. Critics have always pointed that the show is too white, and the topic was recently brought during the network's presentation at Television Critics Association press day in Beverly Hills.
ABC president Karey Burke was asked about whether the upcoming 23rd season of "The Bachelor" will finally feature a male African-American star. "I can tell you, the conversations are ongoing about who the next Bachelor will be," Burke explained.
"I do think that the show has worked hard to increase diversity in casting. And, as that evolves, we'll continue to see more diversity in the franchise," she went on adding.
"Bachelor" franchise has been trying to put more diversity with attorney Rachel Lindsay leading the 13th season of "The Bachelorette", becoming the first African-American star to lead the show. Additionally, soccer player Juan Pablo Galavis was "The Bachelor" first Latino lead when he starred in season 18.
Lindsay, meanwhile, recently shared that she was rooting Mike Johnson to become the first black "Bachelor". "If I were to give Mike any advice, I would say be yourself and don't allow social media numbers, blogs and articles change you or make you think you're anything less than what you are," she went on saying of the fan-favorite who competed in Hannah Brown's season.
"Go on and represent yourself as a man, as a Black man, as a man in his late '20s, as a professional, as a veteran. There are so many lists you check off. You're not just the first black male that's the lead of this franchise, and your journey isn't any different just because you look different," Lindsay went on saying.