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Jilted Hopeful Talks About Race & ‘The Bachelor’

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(CNN) - An African-American man who wants to star on ABC's hit reality show "The Bachelor" is weighing in on a race-based lawsuit against the program's producers.

Two Tennessee men claim they were jilted by "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" shows because of their color.

Sportscaster Lamar Hurd, whose fans are pushing for him to make the show, says he's not sure if the show has discriminated against minority applicants.

"You know, I don't know. You see some of the stuff they do. It's a lot of swimming in oceans, a lot of sitting on top of mountains. A lot of my black friends wouldn't want to do that kind of thing. But I mean, really, I am not sure. You know, might be something that a lot of people just haven't stepped forward into that role. I know it wasn't until this year that I accepted that, you know, responsibility to step forward. I had a few people say I should do it, and I shot it down initially. And I finally accepted it. But I am really not sure. I'm guessing, just like everybody else is. " said Lamar Hurd.

The plaintiffs in the suit released a statement saying that in both shows' 10-year histories, neither has featured a single person of color in the lead role.
They filed a lawsuit in a U-S District Court Wednesday -quote- "On behalf of all persons of color who've applied for the role of the Bachelor or Bachelorette, but been denied the equal opportunity for selection on the basis of race."

ABC, which airs the series, has no comment on the suit.

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