The Bachelorette Will 'Likely' Address Diversity Problem This Summer

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When Lifetime is mining your shortcomings for their own benefit, something is probably wrong.

On the heels of the news that UnREAL Season 2 will put a black “suitor” at the heart of the Everlasting reality show-within-a-show, ABC president Paul Lee was asked if The Bachelor itself will ever address/remedy its long-standing problem of all-but-once revolving around a white star.

Lee of course cited Season 18’s Juan Pablo Galavis as one exception, and also attributed the show’s casting to its “farm team” set-up — meaning, each season’s Bachelor/ette is (lazily) a castoff from the other show’s previous cycle.

But Lee then said he would be “very surprised” if this summer’s edition of The Bachelorette “isn’t diverse.”

“I think that’s likely to happen,” he ventured, adding that other “tweaks” to come from series boss Mike Fleiss “will get us where we want to go.”

Do you think it’s (well past) time for The Bachelor/ette to ditch the “farm team” set-up and start casting more smartly?