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Just days after the latest season of The Bachelorette ended, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey has addressed the elephant in the room.

Dungey addressed the frequent criticism of both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette: a lack of diversity.

In the 32 combined seasons of The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise, there has never been an African-American person in the title role.

 

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Dungey, who earlier this year became the first African-American to head a major broadcast TV network, said Thursday she would “very much like to see some change” on that front. Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Dungey commented, “I think one of the biggest changes that we need to do is we need to increase the pool of diverse candidates in the beginning.”

However, Dungey admitted it may take time. When asked why the network couldn’t just choose a minority male to be the next Bachelor, Dungey agreed ABC could, but noted, “the show has been very much in cycle, where the first runner-up becomes the lead in the next cycle and it has worked very well for us,” because that person is familiar to the show’s loyal viewers. “What we’d like to do is widen the pool.”

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