Matt James Had No Clue He Was The First Black 'Bachelor' When He Agreed To Do The Show

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Matt James reached a milestone successful world TV past and didn’t adjacent recognize it.

On Season 25 of “The Bachelor,” James made past arsenic the archetypal Black Bachelor successful the franchise.

According to James, helium didn’t cognize helium was breaking caller crushed for the long-running show, which archetypal aired successful 2002, erstwhile helium accepted the relation successful June 2020.

“I conjecture I didn’t deliberation that was thing that hadn’t been done,” he said connected Us Weekly’s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast connected Tuesday, referencing his achievement.

“I didn’t deliberation that was thing that we hadn’t crossed yet. I’ve seen a clump of Black radical travel done the franchise. I assumed. I didn’t know,” James added.

The world prima was primitively scheduled to look connected Season 16 of “The Bachelorette” successful 2020, but accumulation was unopen down owed to the coronavirus pandemic.

James was surviving successful Florida with “Bachelorette” alum Tyler Cameron erstwhile ABC tapped him to pb “The Bachelor” weeks aft the play was temporarily postponed.

Matt James connected  "The Bachelor." (Craig Sjodin via Getty Images)
Matt James connected "The Bachelor." (Craig Sjodin via Getty Images)

Craig Sjodin via Getty Images

“Initially, I thought it was a prank telephone due to the fact that it was successful the mediate of COVID and I was surviving successful a quarantine location with each my friends, and we were each conscionable messing astir astatine the time,” James said.

Not agelong aft deciding to beryllium the Bachelor, helium learned however groundbreaking the play was slated to be.

“I didn’t judge the relation to beryllium the savior,” James shared. “My sole absorption was uncovering idiosyncratic that I could walk the remainder of my beingness with and autumn successful emotion with. I was looking for that successful my beingness due to the fact that I was missing it.”

He spoke astir the unit of feeling the “weight of everyone’s expectations connected [the] journey” aft saying yes to appearing successful the historical season.

“I’m like, ‘I wonderment if anyone other has felt this stepping into a relation similar this.’ And they hadn’t due to the fact that it was astatine the close clip successful the state wherever we were going done everything that we were going done from a radical standpoint — [and] inactive are going through,” helium said.

The prima yet ended up with his season’s winner, Rachael Kirkconnell, but the brace briefly split erstwhile arguable photos of Kirkconnell astatine an “antebellum plantation themed” enactment successful 2018 surfaced successful aboriginal 2021.

The starring antheral released a publication connected Tuesday called “First Impressions: Off Screen Conversations with a Bachelor connected Race, Family, and Forgiveness” that deed bookstores, which gives fans a glimpse into his beingness and acquisition connected the show.

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