Entertainment Who Is Matt James? Everything You Need to Know About the New Bachelor
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Welcome to, Matt James!
The 28-year-old is the. Good Morning America announced James' new history-making role with a statement from ABC saying they are "privileged to have Matt" as the first black Bachelor.
"We know we have a responsibility to make sure the love stories we’re seeing onscreen are representative of the world we live in, and we are proudly in service to our audience," the statement read. "This is just the beginning, and we will continue to take action with regard to diversity issues on this franchise. We feel so privileged to have Matt as our first Black Bachelor and we cannot wait to embark on this journey with him.”
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Privileged indeed! After all, have you seen this man?
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James gets our First Impression Rose, and a fast track to hometowns. But now he's in the driver's seat!
In addition to being totally handsome and making history, here are a few more things for you to know about Bachelor Nation's newest leading man.
He was originally cast on Clare Crawley's season of The Bachelorette.
James was originally meant to be competing on Clare Crawley's season of The Bachelorette, which was unfortunately put on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result of both the delay in filming and the pandemic itself, James spent a ton of time on TikTok (we'll get to that) while quarantining with friend and former Bachelorette suitor Tyler Cameron (more on that in a minute too).
Caelynn Miller-Keyes Was 'Hurt' by Hannah Brown Becoming Bachelorette
Caelynn Miller-Keyes Was 'Hurt' by Hannah Brown Becoming Bachelorette“I remember getting the call that it wasn’t me for Bachelorette and I was like, ‘Dang! That kind of sucks,'” the Virginia native, 24, said during a recent episode of the “Almost Famous” podcast with Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti. “And then I found out it was [Hannah] at Women Tell All, we all kind of knew at Women Tell All that it was her. And it hurt. It definitely hurt.
In April 2020, the upcomingtweeted about the , claiming some of them were only seeking fame and attention based on their pre-show behavior. Many fans assumed the message was aimed at James specifically.
"If you are doing interviews and creating Cameo accounts before you are even on my season... you are in it for the wrong reasons... #dontwasteyourtime," sheon Twitter without naming any of her season's suitors. In she added, "Respect the opportunity you’ve been given. Respect the rules. Respect me."
Jameson Instagram story, explaining, "Now for those of you who may have missed the messaging earlier this week, myself and Alex Bachman ... pledged all of our Cameo earnings to the to fight this fight. We're just coming up with creative ways to raise money for these kids that are the future and I hope y'all can help."
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Crawley eventually explained that her tweets were about.
In a statement, president of ABC Entertainment, Karey Burke, said: "When filming [Crawley’s season] couldn’t move forward as planned, we were given the benefit of time to get to know Matt and all agreed he would make a perfect Bachelor."
He's ready to take on the role of Bachelor.
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James' new role comes after Bachelor Nation called for more diversity in the franchise, with thousands rallying around a newthat called on ABC and executive producer Mike Fleiss to cast more people of color. Rachel Lindsay was also vocal about , calling on them to rectify the problem. Lindsay was the first and only black lead in the history of the ABC franchise until James' casting.
James told Good Morning America, "When Rachel speaks, we listen. She has a very important voice in all this, being the first black woman, person of color to be a lead, and ... this is hopefully the first of many black men to be in the position I'm at now."
Ben Higgins Reveals Why He Isn't Close With Exes Lauren or JoJo
Ben Higgins Reveals Why He Isn't Close With Exes Lauren or JoJo“Not Lauren, we haven’t talked [about the show re-airing]. She’s married. I’m happy for her, and she found her partner,” the 31-year-old reality TV personality told Us Weekly exclusively while his partnership with Jared. “I mean, if she reached out saying, ‘Hey, how are you going to handle this? This is what’s sensitive me …’ I would love to take that call from her, but I don’t think I’m needed in this moment for her.
"It's an honor. I'm just going to lean into myself and how my mom raised me, and hopefully when people invite me into their homes on Monday night... they see that diverse love stories are beautiful," he added.
He used to play professional football.
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James played football for Wake Forest University in college and had a brief stint as a wide receiver in the NFL. "I didn’t think I was going to make a career out of football, but I thought my stint in the NFL would be longer than a few months," James.
James is more than just a jock, though. He has a degree in economics and worked for PNC bank before working as a research analyst at a commercial real estate company.
He started ABC Food Tours for a great cause
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James is not only incredibly good looking, he is also dedicated to helping others. James and Cameron run the non-profit, which takes kids from underserved communities and takes them to different restaurants to teach them about food, fitness and wellness. The goal, according to James, is to inspire students. "It is going to give them something to aspire to aside to what they may be seeing at home, or what they are seeing on TV or what they are seeing in their community," James .
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Jordan to Watch JoJo's 'Bachelorette' Season for the 1st Time 4 Years Later“When I first got the call from our producers, I think I got this pit in my stomach. I was like, ‘No! We have to re-watch this?’ I don’t know why I had initially felt that, but like there was like a sense of anxiety,” Fletcher, 29, shared with Us Weekly exclusively on Monday, June 22, while promoting her partnership with Kilz Primer. “I think I got really lucky the first time around because Jordan didn’t watch my season. He’s like, ‘I don’t need to see that!’ But now he’s like, ‘I’m super excited to watch!’ I’m like ‘Oh great.
He was New Yorker of the Week in 2018.
A post shared by Matt James (@mattjames919) on Oct 9, 2018 at 4:27pm PDT
In October 2018, well before a stint on The Bachelor was a gleam in his eye, James was named NY1'sfor his work as a guide on ABC Food Tours. In our eyes, he's New Yorker of ... Forever.
He's best buddies with Tyler Cameron, who was the runner-up on Hannah Brown's season of The Bachelorette.
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pandemic aside, these two have been besties since they both attended college together, and their bromance is one for the ages. When they're not quarantined together in Florida, they're actually roommates in N.Y.C.
Which means he is now friends with Hannah Brown
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While everyone was speculating about whether or not Tyler and Hannah were, Matt and Hannah were becoming buddies, too!
He's really great at making TikToks.
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Don't believe me?and see for yourself.
Honestly, he was making them before it was trendy to make them. Here's a video he made in 2014 that I could totally see scrolling through my 'For You' page.
A post shared by Matt James (@mattjames919) on Feb 13, 2014 at 9:22am PST
He has always been a trailblazer, TBH.
Chrissy Teigen claps back at troll who speculates she 'has cancer' .
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