If you will recall, last week I told you about Portland sports broadcaster Lamar Hurd, who is working very hard to become the first black guy to headline the popular ABC show The Bachelor (Read HERE).
Well it looks like maybe he shouldn’t have bothered, since the ABC, production companies Warner Horizon Television, Next Entertainment, NZK Productions and the show’s executive producer Mike Fleiss, are going to be hit with a class action discrimination lawsuit that will be filed today in federal court.
The planitiffs are two black Nashville football players, Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson, who are scheduled to hold a press conference today to discuss their suit with the media.
However, in a joint statement, they claim that they filed the suit for “all persons of color who have applied for the role of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, but been denied the equal opportunity for selection on the basis of race. Over a combined total of 23 seasons neither show has ever had a Bachelor or a Bachelorete of color.“
Both Johnson and Claybrooks claim that they both previously auditioned for the show together, only to face a stunned producer who asked them what they were doing there. They said they were taken to the other side of the room and purposely left out. Neither of course was called back and they believe it was because they were black.