Are You Ready for the First Black Bachelor?

Movement to get sportscaster on the series swells.

Posted: 04/13/2012 08:00 AM EDT
Lamar Hurd, Bachelor, Reality TV, Social Networking, race, Relationships, diversity

Fans of The Bachelor who’ve complained about the show never casting a man of color may finally get one. That’s if the show’s creators at least consider one sportscaster’s audition tape.


EW.com reports that a growing movement to make Portland-based sportscaster Lamar Hurd the first Black bachelor has gained traction. Hurd’s assistant, Tammie, initiated the idea, submitting an application to ABC on behalf of her boss, whom she described as “perfect.” 

Hurd was initially reluctant to apply, well aware that the show has never cast an African-American male to be the catch (as well, the series’ cast of ladies has lacked diversity). But having thought it over, he agreed to apply for season 17. And, viola, there now appears to be an audition tape for Team Bachelor to seriously consider.


“This whole ‘ultimate date’ thing is tough for me, because I’m so simple,” Hurd explains in the video. “If I’m with somebody I truly love, we could just be sitting on the couch watching infomercials for all I care.”


Even though Hurd seems the perfect guy, it’s ultimately up to the show’s creator, Mike Fleiss, and the rest of Team Bachelor to decide if they are ready to spice up the series with some well-needed color. Given the show’s underwhelming ratings last season, it would be an obvious (and smart) way of reinvigorating the program.

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