It’s that time again… ABC has named the newest Bachelor on its longtime reality dating series. Peter Weber (otherwise known as “Pilot Pete”), a contestant on the last season of “The Bachelorette,” has been chosen for the coveted gig, but not everyone is pleased with the pick.
As Adrienne noted on Thursday’s show, many fans were angry that their fave finalist Mike Johnson didn’t get the role. Johnson would have been the first black Bachelor, as well as the first military veteran to hand out roses. Much to Bachelor Nation’s dismay, though, he won’t be headlining the competition next season. Mike has been reportedly linked to singer Demi Lovato of late, but some viewers are still wishing he had been offered the high-profile job as the star of “The Bachelor.”
While Loni joked that America had a black bachelor in Flavor Flav (who looked for his match on “Flavor of Love”), Adrienne questioned why there hasn't been an official black Bachelor yet.
“Not just a black Bachelor. If it’s supposed to mimic what love is like, dating out there, why doesn’t it look like the real world with other races?” Jeannie asked.
Rachel Lindsay, who appeared on Tuesday’s episode of “The Real” and was the first black Bachelorette, had this to say about Peter’s casting: “I think Peter seems like a very nice guy. He seems lovely. This is absolutely nothing against him, but how many Peters have we seen before? What season are we on? Twenty-four. So we’ve seen 24 Peters. I’m bored. And it’s nothing personal against him.”
“For the first time, I was very confident that we were going to see our first black Bachelor,” she told ET. “And so if no one else is going to speak on it, then I guess it’s my duty to say it.”
When Mike Johnson subsequently broke his silence on the matter, he told “ET,” “Congratulations to Peter, first and foremost. Then in regards to what Rachel was saying, I do agree with Rachel, that after 24 Bachelors, a black Bachelor should have been cast. But at the same time, ABC has been successful. They know what they’re doing for their audience. They know what they’re looking for. I wasn’t the guy they were looking for at the moment.”
When asked why he wasn’t chosen, he added, “Why do I think it wasn’t me? I have no idea. I can only speak on my personality and the wonderful man that I am. I do know that Peter and I are two completely different people — both good people, kind-hearted people. But I do feel that I’m a bit more outspoken than Peter. I’m a bit louder than Peter is. I have tattoos, and the obvious, I’m black, so we are very diverse and different in that regard as well. And we like different women. I want to make sure the focus is centered around love, because that’s what this show is about.”
If you were in charge, who would be your pick for the next Bachelor?