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.”
WATCH: ‘YOU’ Season 3 Trailer Proves Joe and Love Are More Dangerous Than Ever
Can Joe and Love be the “nice, normal neighbors” in a “soulless suburb”?
You can probably answer that question without watching the new trailer for YOU season 3, but in case you can’t, the answer is absolutely not.
The murderous couple, now parents to a baby boy, are back to their old ways.
As Joe develops a new female obsession, Love gets jealous, and couple’s therapy… well, that doesn’t seem to work all that well for them.
As the killing commences — and their impulses take over — it seems as though the cops are hot on their trail.
Check out the trailer below! It’s all worth it solely for that final scene of Love and Joe burying a body of one of their victims as their adorable bundle of joy sits safely in his carseat and coos on.
The new season of YOU drops on Netflix on Friday, October 15.
This Is the One Celebrity Jennifer Aniston & Reese Witherspoon Want to Interview on ‘The Morning Show’
Filming The Morning Show is a lot harder than it looks.
Read the full post HERE!
As Witherspoon exclusively explained during E! News’ Daily Popon Sept. 15, she does not envy “having to tell the good news and the bad news at the same time,” onscreen. “It’s just a lot,” Witherspoon summed up.
Aniston added, “The hours that you have to live, the morning, the information you constantly have to take into your brain on a daily basis…We get to shut off the news and say, ‘I need a break for the next couple of days.'”
The two co-stars portray rival anchors on a fictional news show in the second season of the critically-acclaimed series, returning Friday, Sept. 17. And, fans can expect season two of The Morning Show to be just as riveting as the award-winning first season.
“We were worried about that because season one was such sort of a perfect little art installation in and of itself,” Aniston revealed. “That was not an easy task to sort of drum up, where do we go from here?”
Witherspoon teased, “We worked really hard and I think we did it. There’s good stuff.”
So, what would be their dream morning news segment to film? According to Aniston, a “meta” interview with Julia Roberts would be fun to shoot.
Meanwhile, Witherspoon is ready to hit the bar behind the news desk. “I think we do a scene where we do it when we’ve had four glasses of wine and then interview celebrities,” she quipped.
Aniston adorably agreed: “I’m so in. Sort of like a Hoda [Kotb] and Kathy Lee [Gifford]? Yeah, I’m into it.”
Watch the adorable interview above to hear why co-star Billy Crudup thinks producers Witherspoon and Aniston are “formidable” inspirations!
The Morning Show season two premieres Friday, Sept. 17 on AppleTV+.
Has ‘The Bachelor’ Season 26 Found Its Leading Man Already?
ABC may have found its leading man for the upcoming season of The Bachelor.
Clayton Echard has been announced as the lead for season 26, according to Variety.
However, if you’re not familiar with the name, you aren’t the only one.
The outlet reports that Bachelor Nation hasn’t met him yet because he’s part of Michelle Young’s season of The Bachelorette, which premieres on October 19.
Clearly, that means Echard did not find love with Young, but the franchise saw something in him that compelled them to cast him in the role before audiences were even able to weigh in.
The outlet notes producers fell in love with the 28-year-old from Missouri and tapped him for the upcoming season.
No official confirmation has been made by ABC, and it likely won’t be until later this year after Young’s season is underway.
However, Variety is reporting the news based on confirmation from multiple sources.
While there’s no premiere date for the upcoming season, The Bachelor typically premieres in January.
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