"The Bachelor" Franchise to Be Sued for Racial Discrimination

ABC/NICK RAY(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- A group of Nashville residents intend to file a class-action lawsuit Wednesday morning against ABC's The Bachelor franchise for alleged racial discrimination.

The complaint is being led by Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson, who are both described as African-American football players.  They say that "over 10 years and a combined total of 23 seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, neither show has ever featured a single person of color in the central role of the 'Bachelor' or 'Bachelorette.'"

Both men will appear at a press conference Wednesday in Nashville at 2:30 p.m. local time.

ABC declined to comment on the impending lawsuit.

Last year, Entertainment Weekly asked The Bachelor executive producer Mike Fleiss whether the franchise will ever cast a non-white "Bachelor" or "Bachelorette."

He replied, "We really tried, but sometimes we feel guilty of tokenism.  Oh, we have to wedge African-American chicks in there!  We always want to cast for ethnic diversity, it’s just that for whatever reason, they don’t come forward.  I wish they would."

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