Matt James Excited to Tell Diverse Love Stories on The Bachelor
Newly-named Bachelor Matt James is ready to start handing out roses and find the love of his life.
James, 28, opened up about becoming the first Black Bachelor during Monday's episode of The Bachelor: Greatest Seasons—Ever! to host Chris Harrison.
The former NFL wide receiver, who was joined by his roommate and Bachelorette runner-up, Tyler Cameron, said the reception to him becoming the new Bachelor has been overwhelmingly positive.
"It's been nice, cause, to be honest with you, I've heard from a lot of my Black friends that aren't Bachelor Nation faithful, that are excited about me and are honored I'm in the position I'm in and have this opportunity to just represent what it's going to look like to have diverse relationships and tell those love stories," he said.
"I couldn't be more excited about that," James added.
But Bachelor fans aren't the only people excited for James' upcoming journey to find love. Ready for her son to start a family, his mother may be more excited than the entirety of Bachelor Nation.
"I think the grandkid counter for my mom started when the announcement was made," James shared.
When Cameron, 27, asked his pal how many grandkids his mom wants, the new Bachelor said, "She wants a basketball team. I'll have a mini van, as many as we can fit."
James' historic Bachelor casting was announced earlier this month on Good Morning America with a statement from ABC regarding the show's diversity.
"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.”