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Chris Harrison Addresses Racial Homogeneity on Bachelor and Bachelorette

The Bachelorette and The Bachelor are flawless and perfect in every way, but there's no denying that the show has a certain "type" when it comes to contestants. That type being beefy, ridiculously good-looking babes and bros... who also tend to be white. The franchise has come under fire for its lack of ethnic diversity, and though there were a few African-American women during Sean Lowe's season of The Bachelor, the current season of The Bachelorette is just as homogeneous as ever.

Fans would love to see more diversity on both shows, and the good news? Professional cupid, Chris Harrison, is all for it — though he insists that the franchise has never intended to exclude minorities.

"Honestly, there's never been a plan for it or against it," Chris told The Huffington Post when asked if The Bachelor and The Bachelorette might become more diverse in future seasons. "We never really set out to do anything other than make a great television show."

While Chris admits that he's not in charge of casting, he maintains that the producers don't choose contestants based on their race. "We'll never pick anybody for any other reason other than they are the best person for the job. Period," he explained. "If that means they're African-American, if it means they're Italian, if it means they're Greek, if it means they're Latino, or whatever, we will make the choice that is best for our jobs."

We're picking up what Chris is throwing down, but surely ABC shouldn't have trouble finding a more diverse contestant pool who are also the "best people for the job."

"ABC would love to do groundbreaking shows and there are moments for that, but they're also trying to entertain millions and millions of people and paid advertisers and keep my family happy," Chris concluded.

Hopefully, ABC will find a way to entertain their vast Bachelor and Bachelorette audience while simultaneously including people of varying ethnicities. You can do it, guys! Now, please stop asking Chris these hard-hitting questions and compliment him on his billowing blouse.

Source: The Huffington Post


06.19.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Mehera Bonner
Related: The Bachelor, Chris Harrison, The Bachelorette

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