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'The Bachelor' accused of racial bias

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  • Two Tennessee men accuse 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' shows of excluding African Americans
  • ABC, which airs both shows, declines to comment
'The Bachelor' accused of racial bias

Is 'The Bachelor' racially biased?

Is 'The Bachelor' racially biased?

Two Nashville-area men are filing a lawsuit against the producers of ABC's “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” for racial discrimination after they say they were turned away from the show based solely on their race.

On Tuesday, the men’s lawyers released a statement to HLN that outlined the reasons for their class-action lawsuit.

The release claims 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.'"

The plaintiffs, Nathanial Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson, both African Americans, say they will file the suit Wednesday "on behalf of all persons of color who have applied for the role of the bachelor or bachelorette but been denied the equal opportunity for selection on the basis of race." The plaintiffs will hold a press conference Wednesday in Nashville to discuss the case.

ABC, who will be named as a defendant in the case, has declined to comment.

For all the latest details on the case, stay tuned to Showbiz Tonight Sun-Fri at 11 p.m. ET/PT on HLN.

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