He was ABC’s first Black Bachelor. But a racial controversy ended his relationship, soured his season and threw the show’s future into question. Now he’s moving on—and back with his embattled ex: I think it’s unfair to leave people without the ability to unlearn and be better,Matt James says to WSJ. Magazine.

When ABC named the former Wake Forest wide receiver as its new Bachelor last June, it made Matt James the first Black male lead in the franchise’s 18 years and 25 seasons. The announcement came just days after a petition called on ABC and Warner Bros., which produces the Bachelor franchise, to cast a Black bachelor—and as demonstrations following the police killing of George Floyd rocked the country.

“We know we have a responsibility to make sure the love stories we’re seeing onscreen are representative of the world we live…

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