Matt James discusses reactions he got from Black friends after being named the 'Bachelor'

George Back
Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

Matt James made television history earlier this month when ABC announced he would be the first Black lead on the upcoming season of The Bachelor. On Monday’s The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever!, the 28-year-old discussed the incredibly positive reactions he has experienced from both fans and members of the Black community.

“I've heard from a lot of my Black friends that aren't Bachelor Nation faithful that are excited about me and honored by the position I'm in,” said James. “This opportunity to just represent what it's going to look like to have diverse relationships and tell those love stories, I couldn’t be more excited about that.”

James revealed that his mother was particularly excited by the announcement. “I think the grandkid counter for my mom started when that announcement was made,” he said. As for how many grandkids she wants, James joked, “She wants a basketball team.”

The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever! airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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