Credit: Illustration by Wetpaint Entertainment (Original Source: ABC)

Tomorrow morning, two African American men who auditioned to be the next Bachelor will be filing a suit accusing the ABC show for “intentionally” excluding people of color. Their argument? Both men – Nathaniel Claybrooks, an All-American football player, and Christopher Johnson, an aspiring NFL player – tried out for the show during August 2011 auditions in Nashville, but allege they were never seriously considered due to the color of their skin.

Wetpaint Entertainment spoke with a representative for Claybrooks and Johnson who acknowledged that, although there have been contestants (i.e., male suitors on The Bachelorette and female suitors on The Bachelor) of non-white racial backgrounds in the past, “in 23 seasons, there has never been a person of color as the lead role on either show.” The suit, the rep explained, will name ABC, Warner Horizon Television, Next Entertainment, NZK productions, and executive producer Michael Fleiss as defendants.

We contacted ABC and Warner Bros., but reps declined to comment.

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