Two men of African-American descent have sued the hit TV show the bachelor for rejecting to play the lead role, arguing that the ABC program has never had a black person as 'The Bachelor' in the reality contest. Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson both applied to compete on 'The Bachelor' but both felt that their auditions were hurried and that they never stood a realistic chance of being able to get through to the next round.

"I heard about a casting call," said Claybrooks to Reuters, "I said to myself.I'm single ... (I can try) to look for someone I could be compatible to in life ... lookin' for love.'" However he pointed out that the judges only gave him 15 to 20 minutes when they'd been giving the white men 45 minutes to an hour to impress. "They rushed me through," he added, "I was very upset about the situation and wanted an equal opportunity like anyone else."

Johnson meanwhile said his audition lasted just 30 seconds and claimed that people of colour "never get a show that shows we have love and affection for each other." A statement from Warner Horizon Television, who make the show, read that the claim was "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," the company said.