One of biggest criticisms that The Bachelor has encountered through the years has been the show’s lack of diversity.
In its 27th season, the reality hit included its first-ever minority lead, casting the American-born Venezuelan Juan Pablo, but neither The Bachelor or The Bachelorette have ever featured a star of Black or Asian descent.
Additionally, neither show has ever had a leading man or woman of gay or bi-sexual orientation, and according to host Chris Harrison, we shouldn’t expect to see one anytime soon.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, Harrison explained that, while he fully supports gay rights and equality, the reality show’s formula works the way that it is currently. He then goes on to compare changing The Bachelor’s format to messing with a successful pizza business, quoting a speech he recently made at U.S.C.
“I explained it like this: ‘Look, if you’ve been making pizzas for 12 years and you’ve made millions of dollars and everybody loves your pizzas and someone comes and says, “Hey, you should make hamburgers.”‘ Why?” Harrison asks. “I have a great business model, and I don’t know if hamburgers are going to sell.”
“Is our job to break barriers, or is it a business?” Harrison continues. “That’s not for me to answer.”
The TV host also goes on to shut down the possibility of a less-than-buff Bachelor, reasoning, “Because that’s not attractive, and television is a very visual medium, and I know that sounds horrible to say, but I know that at 42, in the eyes of television, I’m old and unattractive.”
Harrison’s comments come after the ever-controversial Juan Pablo told The TV Page that a gay Bachelor would be a bad example for children, also stating that the show would be “too hard to watch.”
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