JoJo Fletcher: There Is More Diversity in My Group of Guys

The Bachelorette

JoJo Fletcher: There Is More Diversity in My Group of Guys


Diversity — or lack thereof — has been a big topic of discussion in the Bachelor world. And now Bachelorette 2016's JoJo Fletcher is weighing in.

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"We have a great group of men. I think there is a little bit more diversity in my group,” she told the Hollywood Reporter. “To be honest, I can’t remember all of the other seasons before me, so I don’t know how much diversity was there, but I can definitely say I have a very diverse group of men. They come from very different parts of life, and they all bring a lot to the table.”

JoJo Fletcher and Bachelorette contestants
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And she does in fact have a more diverse group than seasons past. Within JoJo’s group of 27 men, 21 of them are white and six of them are non-white. That may sound like an uneven ratio, but compared to other years, it's actually one of the more varied groups. Kaitlyn Bristowe's season, for example, had only four guys who weren't white.

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This season in particular had a lot of drama surrounding diversity for the Bachelorette. While the leading man or woman has always been white throughout the 31 seasons, ABC's entertainment chief Paul Lee said he'd be "very surprised" if the Season 12 Bachelorette wasn't diverse.


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Well, he likely said that at a time when Caila Quinn, who is half-Filipino, was supposed to be the next Bachelorette. But at the last minute, JoJo got the role.

JoJo does come from a Middle Eastern background, but we're not sure that will satisfy critics who say the show isn't diverse enough.

The Bachelorette premieres Monday, May 23 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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