Channel 10 defends casting of three white bachelors in diversity row

A Channel 10 executive has defended the casting of three white suitors for the new season of The Bachelor, insisting the full cast will include several different contestants.

The tenth season of the dating show – dubbed “The Bachelor” because it featured three leading men instead of one – was criticized by franchise veterans Angie Kent and Abby Chatfield, who said the cast wasn’t inclusive enough.

Paramount Australia executive vice president Beverly McGarvey told tv tonight While the bachelors themselves are all white, the women vying for their hearts will represent Australia’s diverse population.

Criticism: A Channel 10 executive defended the selection of three white suitors for the new season of The Bachelor, insisting the full cast will include several different contestants.  (Pictured LR: Felix Von Hofe, Jed McIntosh and Thomas Malucelli)

Criticism: A Channel 10 executive defended the selection of three white suitors for the new season of The Bachelor, insisting the full cast will include several different contestants. (Pictured LR: Felix Von Hofe, Jed McIntosh and Thomas Malucelli)

“This year, we’re trying to do something different with The Bachelor, even if it’s just in terms of age ranges,” Ms McGarvey said.

‘[That] Let’s also choose different types of women.

Ms McGarvey said critics of the show might reconsider their stance once they saw that the cast of the season was “very representative of the Australian population”.

She defended the selection of Felix von Hove, Jed McIntosh and Thomas Maluchelli as the three bachelors, noting that “these people are not necessarily all [look] Like your typical bachelor’s from the past’.

The difference: Beverly McGarvey (pictured), executive vice-president of Paramount Australia, told TV Tonight that while the bachelors themselves are white, the women vying for their hearts will represent Australia's diverse population

The difference: Beverly McGarvey (pictured), executive vice-president of Paramount Australia, told TV Tonight that while the bachelors themselves are white, the women vying for their hearts will represent Australia’s diverse population

Paramount Universal, which owns Channel 10, has a strict “no diversity, no commission” policy, a rule McGarvey said applies to staff and talent.

Criticisms against the new bachelors have been intense.

Abbie Chatfield, 26, who rose to fame on the seventh season of “The Bachelor” in 2019, attacked the lack of racial diversity on her radio show earlier this month.

Critic: Abbie Chatfield (pictured), who rose to fame on 2019's The Bachelor, slammed the new season's lack of racial diversity earlier this month

Critic: Abbie Chatfield (pictured), who rose to fame on 2019’s The Bachelor, slammed the new season’s lack of racial diversity earlier this month

“Why isn’t there a person of color?” she asked her Hot Night with Abby Chatfield Co-host Rohan Edwards.

“I hope at least one of them is bisexual. I just hope something is happening here.

“Why are they all white?” she added, before pointing out that suitor Jed McIntosh was only 25 years old.

Disappointment: Ex-Bachelor Angie Kent also complained about the casting of three 'cisgender straight men' for season 10 of the show, which is filming on the Gold Coast

Disappointment: Ex-Bachelor Angie Kent also complained about the casting of three ‘cisgender straight men’ for season 10 of the show, which is filming on the Gold Coast

Former Bachelorette Angie Kent, 32, also complained about the cast of three “cisgender straight men” for season 10 of the show, which is currently filming on the Gold Coast.

Her social media posts criticizing the show sparked a heated debate, with some fans questioning why diversity should be prioritized over boosting the show’s ratings.

Outspoken comedian Nicky Osborn wrote: ‘[The Bachelor] tried [a diverse cast] Last year, though, ratings showed Australia wasn’t ready for it.

'It's the death of the franchise': Fan favorite Juliette Herrera (pictured) in 2020 Locky Gilbert's 'The Bachelor' season also embroiled in controversy

‘It’s the death of the franchise’: Fan favorite Juliette Herrera (pictured) in 2020 Locky Gilbert’s ‘The Bachelor’ season also embroiled in controversy

Juliette Herrera, a fan favorite of Locky Gilbert’s 2020 Bachelor season, has also been embroiled in the controversy.

The 36-year-old told Daily Mail Australia that casting was “the death of the franchise” and said Channel 10 should do more to recruit diverse talent.

“We have back-to-back white bachelors. Why didn’t Channel 10 give another guy of color a chance? Was it because it was bombed last season?” she said.

remember me?Last year, the Bachelor franchise tried to address its diversity issues by casting bisexual Indigenous woman Brooke Bruton (pictured) as the Bachelorette

remember me?Last year, the Bachelor franchise tried to address its diversity issues by casting bisexual Indigenous woman Brooke Bruton (pictured) as the Bachelorette

Last year’s premiere of “The Bachelor” starring pilot Jimmy Nicholson drew just 482,000 viewers, while the 2020 premiere drew 681,000.

Jimmy’s finale brought in 629,000 viewers, a significant drop from the previous year, when 879,000 viewers tuned in to watch Locky’s decision.

The Bachelorette fared worse last year, with Brooke Bruton’s season attracting its lowest audience since the show launched in Australia in 2015.

Not happy: Online fans reacted strongly to the announcement of this year's Bachelor trio, with many slamming the show for its

Not happy: Online fans reacted strongly to the announcement of this year’s Bachelor trio, with many slamming the show for its “lack of diversity.” (Pictured: Bachelor host Osher Günsberg)