Popular dating show The Bachelor revealed that Matt James was cast as the male lead for the coming season. 

The ABC series shared the news with fans on Friday and this makes James the first black male to be casted as the lead on the series. 

According to reports James was originally cast on Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette just months ago, but production was put on hold due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s official…your next Bachelor is @mattjames919!” the Bachelor  Instagram account shared.

James’ casting comes years after fans had been urging The Bachelor to cast a Black male lead. In 2017, Rachel Lindsay made history by becoming the first, and until now, only black Bachelorette.  

According to reports, James is a 28-year-old real estate broker that has been on the radar for the shows production team for quite some time.  

According to the Hollywood Reporter president of ABC Entertainment Karey Burke spoke out about James’ casting on Friday, sharing, “Matt has been on our radar since February, when producers first approached him to join Bachelor Nation, as part of Clare’s season. When filming couldn’t move forward as planned, we were given the benefit of time to get to know Matt and all agreed he would make a perfect Bachelor.”

Fans took to Twitter when the news broke.

The 25th season of The Bachelor is scheduled to air in 2021.