Emily Maynard Debuts
As The Bachelorette

ABC's The Bachelorette returned Monday night with Emily Maynard and a house full of new male suitors. The main thing missing? Minorities.

We knew not to expect a ton of craziness when it came to Emily Maynard's debut episode on The Bachelorette, but we expected some excitement. What did we get? A ton of time focused on Maynard's life with her daughter and future plans that include "a minivan full of babies" by the time she's 31.

Well, all we know is that the winning dude needs to be ready for an instant family. How many guys are really, really ready for that? It's not boding well for the season.

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The biggest thing that bothered us? Maynard got rid of the only African American bachelor: Real estate consultant Lerone Anu. Now, we're not saying she needs to pick someone she's not attracted to, but why can't they cast at least a few non-white dudes?

Lerone's elimination also gives fire to a recent lawsuit filed by Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson in April. The pair — both black men — say that producers and ABC have declined to cast minority figures in the main roles on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

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"The shows' complete lack of color is no accident," the lawsuit filing reads. "These applicants were denied the same opportunity to become the next Bachelor or Bachelorette as white contestants not because they were unsuitable for the role or could not contribute to the shows' 'eclectic mix,' but solely because of the perceived risk that casting a Bachelor or Bachelorette who is a person of color would alienate the show's majority-white viewership."

Both tried to audition for the show and were quickly denied.

"I only wanted a fair shot at the part," Claybrooks said, according to USA Today. "Looking back at how I was treated at the casting call last year, it was clear that that wasn't possible. I never even had a chance."

Of course, ABC and the production company denied the claims, saying that "this complaint is baseless and without merit. In fact, we have had various participants of color throughout the series' history, and the producers have been consistently — and publicly — vocal about seeking diverse candidates for both programs. As always, we continue to seek out participants of color for both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette."

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Well, we're not sure we buy it since there is only minority bachelor left: Alejandro Velez. You mean they haven't been able to find one black, Latino, Asian, etc. applicant to head up the show in 23 seasons? It seems fishy. We'll be watching to see how far Alejandro goes on the show, but something tells us it won't be too far.

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slash903 July 26, 2012 | 9:06 PM

There's nothing racist about it. The show is catering to a white female audience thus the casting is white because that's what white women want. If you want a black bachelor then go to a t.v. network (BET maybe) and engage in talks with them to start your own bachelor show. People need to mind their own damn business.

George May 16, 2012 | 9:51 AM

Whites make race an issue by having an all or near all-white cast, after prominent white leaders preach to minorities against having black cultural center, Asian cultural center, etc and the need to assimilate into the majority culture. As is clearly evident from the show, assimilation has its limits as far as whites are concerned. Meanwhile, blacks contradict themselves as well. First, they sue the Bachelor Show for exclusion based on color and anatomy. But, had Emma chosen the black guy in the end, you can see black people, particularly black women spew their vitriol both at Emma and Lerone. Usain Bolt had a white girl friend until the blacks ran her out of town. Then there was this Miss Fiji who did not look particularly Fijian and they literally ran her out of the country. Race is the issue in these shows and in the American society at large...however, it is full of contradictions!

Emma May 16, 2012 | 9:18 AM

I agree Jenn, race is only an issue if you make it an issue. The show is predominantly white, but there have been contestants of color. I think it is unfair to say in that law suit those two men never had a chance, most Bachelors and Bachelorettes are chosen from previous seasons and how America relates. It is all about what gets the ratings. And let's be real, Lerone didn't stand a chance from the beginning. He was a dud.

George May 16, 2012 | 8:17 AM

"It's almost imperceptible (she recovered quickly), but Emily actually froze," Tell me when the white American woman throws up on the set at the sight of a prospective non-white (not just black) partner-I have seen some in real life-now that is real bigotry and racism of the first order. Until then the jury is still out!

Maria May 16, 2012 | 8:05 AM

Agree with the fact that Lerone didn't have a chance but the producers to omit his reaction? They did the same thing to Channy Chook, an Asian gal who was in Jake's season and her reaction wasn't shown either. Worse she was in the Women Tell All special and she was not seen saying a thing! As for the producers claim they had various participants of race and color so far I can only remember Marshana Ritchie from Matt Grant's season. I already mentioned Channy Chook and Roberto from Ali's season. That's a poor score card like the shows relationships record.

Rose May 15, 2012 | 9:28 PM

Watch the episode back - It's almost imperceptible (she recovered quickly), but Emily actually froze, she had a physical reaction to the appearance of Lerone. I knew in that instant that Lerone did not have a hope in hell. Poor guy knew what was happening and why during the Rose ceremony too. He should count himself lucky he didn't make it further.

Tamra May 15, 2012 | 2:39 PM

Let's be honest, this season's Bachelorette just needs someone HOT whether they are african american, asian, Australian, or German Shepherd. They need a hot guy. Has anyone heard of Basketball Wives?

Jenn May 15, 2012 | 2:36 PM

The producers picked Lerone to be a contestant and introduced him to Emily. Emily chose not to have him continue because she wasn't into him. Race is only an issue when you make it an issue.

Tina May 15, 2012 | 1:03 PM

So, true, Claudine. I'm really surprised there hasn't been more uproar about the non-diversity in the Bachelor shows.

Claudine May 15, 2012 | 12:36 PM

It's interesting how they didn't even show Lerone's reaction when he left the set. As if they didn't want to call attention to the fact that she let go of the only African American contestant in the house. On the other hand, don't forget that a minority has chosen as the winner a few seasons back -- Ali chose Roberto so there has been some minority representation, though not much.

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