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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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61.

the TRUTH    

this is becoming bs how they all act like Kanye west and believe if they didnt get picked it automatically has something thign to do with their race u know what native american were treated WORSE then black back in the day natives were treated like hebrew (Jews) ( for the dumb people that dont know jew is a religion) and the blacks are crying about something that happend 300years ago see the government screwed natives more then anyother race u knwo what the natives did about sucked up their prides and got over it see why the hell do we have to be label as black guy or white guys mexican guys asian guysect..... why can we be all label as damn HUMANS and get the HELL over this damn i think the world is racist toward me attitude

883 days ago
62.

KD    

First of all, you can tell who the majority is. They're always the ones who say "the race card is played out". If you are white in America, then you do NOT understand what it is like to be black in America. Yes, racism still exists. I know you all would like to "pretend" it doesn't, but it does. Even some of the so called non-racist people have had a racist thought creep into their heads at one point or another. Think…when was the last time the bachelor, or bachelorette, a black American. NEVER!!!! There's always the "token" black person who has 0 chance and gets cut ASAP. You can deny the lie, but you can't deny the truth. It's about representation. Truth is, America doesn't want to see a black bachelor or bachelorette. You don't believe me? Counter my statement with FACT. You won't be able to.

883 days ago
63.

wtf?    

Is anyone really surprised? We have an affirmative-action President in the White House right now. Everyone knew (or should have known) that Obama was in no way qualified to be the leader of the free world. But whites felt like they could atone for slavery by voting for him. And blacks? Well, they vote strictly on skin color. btw, as someone else stated: I sincerely doubt that blacks are the minority in this country now. But they don't want to admit that, because then they're no longer considered a "protected class" the minute they are born. I want a white girl to try out for the Miss Black America contest, and I want that no-good hack, Gloria Allred, to represent her when she's turned down.

883 days ago
64.

Joe    

Chris Johnson, you're ugly as dirt. Nobody wants to see you on national tv. The networks should have the right to pick and choose who will make them money.

883 days ago
65.

uma    

I have to side with the Producers this time, the "Black People" will be better served if someone came up with an African American version of "The Bachelor / The Bachelorette" show.

883 days ago
66.

CA Girl    

Isn't EVERYTHING these days about Race? Any day now Sharpton, Holder, Obama, Jackson, will all begin making statements about Racism on The Bachelor/Bachelorette. This is HEAVEN for all the lawyers. HEAVEN.

883 days ago
67.

dierdre    

People should stop complaining...ENOUGH ALREADY>>>>> stop playing the race card...wether your Black or White it should not matter, the show sucks, and be thankful not to be on these ridiculous reality shows....they all should be going off the air soon....the shows are a total joke....the same lame people year after year....and no one ever makes it relationship wise...i can think of only 1 couple who made it, and that's Trista and Ryan, and they married and now have 2 kids.....everyone else broke up.....so what does that tell you....again, be happy not to be chosen for this JOKE OF A SHOW>>>>>>>>>>>>>PERIOD>>>>>>>>>>>>>

883 days ago
68.

Mike174    

I'm tired of my own people crying foul every time something doesn't go our way. It makes it harder for the hard working person who achieved success with work ethic and character rather then color.

883 days ago
69.

S    

I smell a spin off called the Black Bachelor and Black Bachelorette on BET.

883 days ago
70.

Mike L    

Ever think they don't want you because you're ugly? This lawsuit proves you're an ugly ni**a inside, and we don't know how you look outside.

883 days ago
71.

brittany    

It's not that they're not wanted. It's because they arent stupid enough to go on national tv and fight for a man or a woman that aint all that

883 days ago
72.

Dwayne    

Betcha Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton are licking there chop's right about now! Let's see just how much $ they can make off there own people's mess. Wish i could have a "race card" every time i was denied something.

883 days ago
73.

PJ     

It has been 10 years. Mainstream TV isn't ready for a minority bachelor. There is still problems with sitcoms (being on mainstream TV) and you think America will accept a white woman openly competing for the chance to fall in love with a minority? Highly unlikely. This is type of infractions (problems with women, minorities and such) Disney is known for so this isn't shocking. www.realityunscripted.com

883 days ago
74.

Kari    

I don't know if #6, Roxy is black or not--but I agree with everything that was said.

883 days ago
75.

PPC    

Ok, so you can't make it in the NFL, screwed around in college, don't have a job - solution =...I'll sue to keep up with my car payments

883 days ago
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