Channel 10 defends casting of three white bachelors amid diversity row

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A Channel 10 executive has defended the casting of three white suitors for the new season of The Bachelor, insisting the full cast will include several diverse contestants.

The tenth season of the dating show – dubbed ‘The Bachelors’ due to featuring three male leads instead of one – has been criticized by franchise veterans Angie Kent and Abbie Chatfield, who say the lineup is not inclusive enough.

Beverley McGarvey, executive vice president of Paramount Australia, told TV Tonight that while the singles themselves are all white, the women vying for their hearts will be representative of Australia’s diverse population.

Slammed: A Channel 10 executive has defended the casting of three white suitors for the new season of The Bachelor, insisting the full cast will include several diverse contestants. (Photo LR: Felix Von Hofe, Jed McIntosh and Thomas Malucelli)

“This year we were trying to do something different with The Bachelor, even just in terms of age range,” Ms. McGarvey said.

‘[That] also allows us to cast different types of women.

Ms McGarvey said the show’s critics might reconsider once they see that this season’s entire cast was “very representative of the Australian population”.

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She defended the casting of Felix Von Hofe, Jed McIntosh and Thomas Malucelli as three bachelors, noting that “these guys aren’t necessarily all [look] like your typical bachelor of years past.

Something different: Beverley McGarvey (pictured), the executive vice-president of Paramount Australia, told TV Tonight that while the singles themselves are all white, the women vying for their hearts will be representative of the diverse population from Australia.

Something different: Beverley McGarvey (pictured), the executive vice-president of Paramount Australia, told TV Tonight that while the singles themselves are all white, the women vying for their hearts will be representative of the diverse population from Australia.

Paramount Global, owner of Channel 10, has a strict “no diversity, no commission” policy, and McGarvey said that rule applies to crew members as well as talent.

Criticism of the new Bachelors has been fierce.

Abbie Chatfield, 26, who shot to fame on the seventh season of The Bachelor in 2019, spoke out about the lack of ethnic diversity on her radio show earlier this month.

Review: Abbie Chatfield (pictured), who shot to fame on The Bachelor in 2019, slammed the lack of ethnic diversity in the new season earlier this month

Review: Abbie Chatfield (pictured), who shot to fame on The Bachelor in 2019, slammed the lack of ethnic diversity in the new season earlier this month

“Why isn’t there just one person of color? she asked him about Hot Nights with Abbie Chatfield co-host Rohan Edwards.

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“I hope at least one of them is bisexual. I just hope something happens here.

“Why are they all white? she added, before pointing out that suitor Jed McIntosh is only 25 years old.

Disappointed: Ex-Bachelorette Angie Kent also complained about the casting of three 'straight cisgender men' for the show's tenth season, which is being filmed on the Gold Coast

Disappointed: Ex-Bachelorette Angie Kent also complained about the casting of three ‘straight cisgender men’ for the show’s tenth season, which is being filmed on the Gold Coast

Former Bachelorette Angie Kent, 32, has also complained about the casting of three “straight cisgender men” for the show’s tenth season, which is currently filming on the Gold Coast.

His social media post criticizing the show sparked heated debate, with some fans questioning why diversity should take priority over boosting the show’s ratings.

Outspoken comedian Nikki Osborne wrote: ‘[The Bachelor] has tried [a diverse cast] last year though and the ratings would suggest Australia weren’t ready for it.

‘It’s the death of the franchise’: Juliette Herrera (pictured), a fan favorite from Locky Gilbert’s 2020 season of The Bachelor, also waded into controversy

Juliette Herrera, a fan favorite from Locky Gilbert’s season of The Bachelor in 2020, also waded into controversy.

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The 36-year-old told Daily Mail Australia that casting was the “death of the franchise” and said Channel 10 should do more to recruit diverse talent.

“We had white singles back to back. Why isn’t Channel 10 giving another person of color a chance? Is it because the last season was bombed? she says.

Remember me?  The Bachelor franchise tried to solve its diversity problem last year by casting bisexual Indigenous woman Brooke Blurton (pictured) as The Bachelorette

Remember me? The Bachelor franchise tried to solve its diversity problem last year by casting bisexual Indigenous woman Brooke Blurton (pictured) as The Bachelorette

The premiere of The Bachelor last year, with pilot Jimmy Nicholson, drew just 482,000 viewers compared to the 2020 premiere, which drew 681,000 viewers.

Jimmy’s finale drew 629,000 viewers, which was a significant drop from the previous year, which saw 879,000 viewers tune in to see Locky make his decision.

The Bachelorette did even worse last year, with Brooke Blurton’s season drawing the lowest viewership since the show’s Australian launch in 2015.

Not happy: Fans online reacted strongly to the announcement of this year's Bachelor trio, with many slamming the show for a

Not happy: Fans online reacted strongly to the announcement of this year’s Bachelor trio, with many slamming the show for a ‘lack of diversity’. (Pictured: single host Osher Günsberg)

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