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'The Bachelor'

African Americans Will Sue --

We're Not Wanted

4/17/2012 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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"The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" are about to get a thorny rose -- in the form of a lawsuit.

We're told the 2 plaintiffs -- both African Americans -- went to a Nashville hotel to audition for the role of bachelor. Christopher Johnson -- an aspiring NFL player -- claims when he arrived a producer asked him what he was doing there.

Johnson and the other plaintiff, Nathaniel Claybrooks, both say they were taken to the side of the room and left out of the normal audition process. Neither was called back, and they believe it's because of their race.

They will be filing a class action lawsuit in federal court Wednesday AM. We're told ABC, Warner Horizon Television, Next Entertainment, NZK Productions and creator Mike Fleiss, will all be sued.

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31.

Stormy    

Somebody better alert the New Black Panther's (aka, the black version of KKK) and Al, an Jesse! Lordy, this his so horrible, and full of hate against blacks.

827 days ago
32.

CLINT    

BET needs to do their own bachelor show then. Heck, they don't let whites on their channel, but nobody complains. I get that blacks need their own channel because of the lack of acting roles on white TV, although there have been many roles for them in the last ten years, but to sue every time you don't get what you want and then play the race card is rediculous.

827 days ago
33.

jdub    

This is getting old. Boo hoo you can't get on that crappy show. How many people of other races audition for the show and don't get on? It's not about race. That's stupid.

827 days ago
34.

AyeJay    

Can you even imagine? All the black guys will refer to the guys are "niqqas" and girls "b-tches". Stay classy, AA's.

827 days ago
35.

Lauren    

Why are some of you acting as though all the black people in the US came together ad decided to sue. The opinion of 2 people does not speak for the rest of us. These generalizations are old and lazy.

827 days ago
36.

Denver    

They werent picked because the bachelorettes consist of Brittanys and Tiffanys and Amys and Ambers.

827 days ago
37.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Ya'll can always hit Oprah for the black version of Bachelor/ette. Maybe it can save her network.

827 days ago
38.

krystal    

OMG!! you people over there will really sue over anything wont you lol. Dammmn like "that bitch just gave me a dirty look, ill she her in court "lol
and also OMG!! Black people give it up!!! if it aint them complaining its the gays! Not everyone in the world is goin to like , and you know what NEWS FLASH just because someone doesnt like you doesnt mean they dont like gay people or blacks. Maybe its just YOU!!!!

827 days ago
39.

Truth    

WHY IS IT ONLY BLACK RACE SUES YET OTHER NON-BLACK VISIBLE MINORITIES DON'T??? HMMM, SHERLOCK... GOTTA CLUE??? MUST BE THE KA-CHING$$$ FACTOR NOT X-FACTOR. #TRUTH!!

827 days ago
40.

Bad Dog    

Were they born in the United States? Then they aren't African-American, they are American

827 days ago
41.

krystal    

OMG!! you people over there will really sue over anything wont you lol. Dammmn like "that bitch just gave me a dirty look, ill she her in court "lol
and also OMG!! Black people give it up!!! if it aint them complaining its the gays! Not everyone in the world is goin to like , and you know what NEWS FLASH just because someone doesnt like you doesnt mean they dont like gay people or blacks. Maybe its just YOU!!!!

827 days ago
42.

Chellybutt    

I am not racist, but i do see how a lot of reality tv shows do not focus on african americans. It is sad but it is NOT sue worthy! Please, america, stop suing over stupid reasons like this. Don't like a show? dont watch it. Turn the channel.

827 days ago
43.

Cooper    

Did you ever think that maybe the bachelor/bachelorette doesn't want to date black people and maybe it was stipulated in their contract? There have been blacks on the show previously, but maybe this time the bachelorette didn't want them?

827 days ago
44.

Rhubino    

They're suing both shows? How's that? They auditioned for both? I don't get it.

827 days ago
45.

Me    

Oh, FFS, Come On !! Because these are ordinary people, (well for the most part) who apply for this show. Not famous football players !


Give the race **** a friggen rest already ! Whenever there is a bacheler, or bachelorette(sp), show they always put blacks, men and women in the mix. Because some white women, and men, like black men and women. Besides everyone knows football players go through women, like, well, footballs !
It never sticks !

Arrgghhh !

827 days ago
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