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Editor James Bennett's column: 'The Bachelor' deserves a happy ending on ABC's long-running reality series

Matt James

"The Bachelor" Matt James (ABC)

I have been watching ABC's “The Bachelor” since the franchise debuted in 2002 and was gratified to see the first Black lead cast for this season’s show.

Matt James was introduced to the nation last week. The former Wake Forest University football player and New York commercial real estate agent was modest on the first episode as he attempted to grapple with the enormity of his task at hand. He even started his historic journey with a prayer, alternatively surprising and pleasing some of the contestants.

James Bennett is Executive Editor. Contact him at 256-235-3540 or