Matt James is taking over as The Bachelor on ABC starting tonight, January 4.
His season, per usual, teases plenty of drama, and since we’ve been cooped up at home for far too long, we’ve never been thirstier for the tea.
Before The Bachelor Season 25 kicks off, here are fun facts you need to know about the man of the hour!
1. He’s the First Black Bachelor
While speaking with Good Morning America, James said it was an “honor” to be the first Black bachelor in the franchise.
“I hope people see that I’m not that much different than them, and that diverse love stories are beautiful,” he explained.
For years, the franchise was criticized for its lack of diversity with Rachel Lindsay being the only Black lead in a combined 40 seasons.
2. He’s a North Carolina Native
James lives in New York, but he grew up in Raleigh, NC.
3. He’s Athletic
James played football in Sanderson High School and continued on in Wake Forest University. He was a wide receiver from 2011-2014 and attempted to make it in the NFL, though he was cut by both the North Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints.
According to his Instagram, an athletic lifestyle is very important to him as he runs, goes horseback riding, plays golf, and even skates. Seems like his perfect girl will have to be athletic and adventurous.
This also means he loves to walk around shirtless!
As the saying goes, “if you’ve got it, flaunt it.” The 29-year-old has it, and he definitely flaunts it. Let’s hope he carries that energy into the upcoming season!
4. He’s Besties with Tyler Cameron
James isn’t completely new to the world of The Bachelor as he’s really good friends with Tyler Cameron, the fan favorite on Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette. The duo go way back as they met while playing football at Wake Forest University and have remained tight ever since even rooming together in New York City. Can we expect some appearances from Cameron in the upcoming season?
5. He Gives Back
James started ABC Food Tours in New York, a non-profit organizations that gives paying tours to tourists and free tours to underserved elementary students.
6. His Faith is Very Important
Not only does his Instagram bio list him as a “believer,” but he said “becoming a Christian” was one of the best decisions he ever made aside from attending Wake Forest.
“He’s a Christian and I think that’s something that’s important to all Christians or people of faith,” a source told US Weekly. “I think he’s definitely focused on the traditional way of starting a family.”
7. He Has a Close Relationship with His Mom
According to US Weekly, after his parents split and his father was “absent,” James grew up with his mom, Patty James, and older brother, John. James and his mom have a very strong bond. He even shouted her out in a “father’s day” post on Instagram.
“He was always drawn to families where the mom and dad were together,” Patty told ABC’s New York affiliate in June 2019 while chatting about her son’s ABC Food Tours charity. “I am so proud of him. He overcame everything and he wants to be a role model for these kids.”
Netflix Passes on Renewing Canceled NBC Drama ‘Manifest’
Manifest will not fly again.
The plane drama was abruptly canceled after three seasons leaving fans with absolutely no answers as to what led to the disappearance of Flight 828.
It’s a surprising move considering the series has been steadily holding at #1 after being added to Netflix.
Fans also rallied on social media with the #SaveManifest campaign, but sadly, all efforts were unsuccessful.
Sources say that since Netflix opted to pass on saving the drama, Warner Bros. Television, the studio responsible for the series, has concluded efforts to rehome it as it’s reportedly too complicated with rights and cast contracts.
For now, reps for Netflix and WBTV declined to comment.
However, it seems to be a done deal as series creator Jeff Rake seemed to confirm the solemn news tweeting: “Manifest Gratitude, Final Edition Thank YOU, our fans. You became the Manifesters at Comic-Con 2018. Ever since, you’ve watched religiously, parsed every word, cried a lot, laughed a little, puzzle-solved, and never, ever, wavered in your support. I’ll never forget it.”
Thank YOU, our fans. You became the Manifesters at Comic-Con 2018. Ever since, you’ve watched religiously, parsed every word, cried a lot, laughed a little, puzzle-solved, and never, ever, wavered in your support. I’ll never forget it. 🙏❤️
— Jeff Rake (@jeff_rake) June 22, 2021
The third season ended early this month with several cliffhangers, which makes this cancellation and failed rescue mission all the more heartbreaking.
It’s unclear if NBC is totally against giving the series a wrap-up movie as it did with Timeless, but man, don’t fans deserve closure?
The series was initially pitched as a six-season drama, which means there’s plenty more story to tell.
Even Rake agreed that fans deserve answers. After all, we didn’t spend three years of our lives tuning in weekly to find out what happened to the plane just to be left hanging.
We all know what happens to those who ignore Callings — it’s not good.
‘Friends’ Actor James Michael Tyler Opens Up About Stage 4 Prostate Cancer
James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther, the Central Perk manager on the classic sitcom Friends, opened up about his Stage 4 Prostate Cancer on the Today show Monday morning.
After receiving the grim diagnosis in September 2018, the then 56-year-old actor was put on hormone therapy. It worked for a while before eventually spreading to his spine leaving him paralyzed in his lower body.
He revealed that he’s “been dealing with that diagnosis for almost the past three years…It’s stage 4 [now] late-stage cancer. So eventually, you know, it’s probably going to get me.”
‘Friends’ actor James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther, shares prostate cancer diagnosis https://t.co/s4uReICrfn
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 21, 2021
During the recent HBO Max Friends reunion, Tyler had originally planned on attending in person but chose to join virtually, so as to not bring a downer on the happy moment.
“It was bittersweet, honestly. I was very happy to be included,” he said.
Now, he’s using his platform as a way to provide the important message to all men to get screened early, saying that “there are other options available to men if they catch it before me. Next time you go in for just a basic exam or yearly check-up, please ask your doctor for a PSA test.”
“I don’t want people to have to go through what I’ve been going through,” he said. “This is not…an easy process.”
The CW Fall 2021 Premiere Dates: See When ‘Riverdale,’ ‘Nancy Drew,’ ‘All American’ and More
Summer may be in full swing, but The CW is already looking forward to the fall… and all the upcoming premiere dates!
The network dropped a lineup of premieres for their hit shows including Riverdale, All American, Nancy Drew, Batwoman, Walker and more.
Newcomers Legends of the Hidden Temple and 4400 also snagged premiere dates.
Nancy Drew moves to Friday’s for its third season.
The Flash and Riverdale will grace Tuesday nights starting November 16.
Walker and Legacies will resume on October 28 in their usual Thursday night spots.
Check out the CW’s fall 2021 lineup below:
Friday, October 1
8-9 p.m. ET/PT Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Season 8 premiere)
Friday, October 8
8-9 p.m. Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Original episode)
9-10 p.m. Nancy Drew (Season 3 premiere)
Saturday, October 9
8-8:30 p.m. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Season 10 premiere)
8:30-9 p.m. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Original episode)
9-9:30 p.m. World’s Funniest Animals (Season 2 premiere)
9:30-10 p.m. World’s Funniest Animals (Original Episode)
Sunday, October 10
8-9 p.m. Legends of the Hidden Temple (New series premiere)
9-10 p.m. Killer Camp (Season 2 premiere)
Wednesday, October 13
8-9 p.m. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Season 7 premiere)
9-10 p.m. Batwoman (Season 3 premiere)
Thursday, October 14
8-9 p.m. Coroner (Original episode)
9-10 p.m. Legacies (Season 4 premiere)
Monday, October 25
8-9 p.m. All American (Season 4 premiere)
9-10 p.m. 4400 (New series premiere)
Thursday, October 28
8-9 p.m. Walker (Season 2 premiere)
9-10 p.m. Legacies (Original episode)
Tuesday, November 16
8-9 p.m. The Flash (Season 8 premiere)
9-10 p.m. Riverdale (Season 6 premiere)
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