THE NEW Bachelor Matt James did his first interview after ABC's official announcement without pants.
The 28-year-old New Yorker was announced to be the next Bachelor, becoming the first Black male lead that the franchise has had in 18 years.
Tyler Cameron, 27, gave Bachelor nation fans a behind-the-scenes look at Matt's first interview and he revealed that the Bachelor hunk was not wearing any pants during his Good Morning America interview.
The former Bachelorette contestant – who is Matt's roommate – shared an Instagram picture of Matt who was wearing just a pair of boxers underneath his pink suit jacket.
He captioned the hilarious Instagram photo: "Let's go, Matt James!"
Matt also shared the snap, captioning it: "Blessed and honored. Proverb 18:24."
Tyler later shared another snap where the two had celebrated Matt's new role by exercising.
The Bachelorette alum told his fans: "When something big happens, I celebrate with a few beers.
"But this mad man had me running stadium steps. You are out of your mind, congrats, brother."
Just this morning, Matt was introduced to fans as the new Bachelor for season 25.
After fans and Bachelor alumni signed a petition for ABC to cast a black male lead for the upcoming season of The Bachelor, it was announced on Good Morning America that the North Carolina native will be the next Bachelor.
In his first interview after the big announcement, the real estate broker – who was meant to be a contestant for Clare Crawley's season of The Bachelorette – talked about his first thought when he got the call.
"My first reaction was, 'Does this mean I don’t get to meet Clare?' because I was looking forward to meeting her," James said.
"I had set aside all this time and we’d gone out to California and been called back for quarantine.
"I’m super excited for her and her season, but I’m looking forward to meeting her eventually."
"It’s an honor," James said of being the next Bachelor.
"I’m just going to lean into myself and how my mom raised me and hopefully when people invite me into their homes on Monday night they’re going to see that I’m not much different from them and they see that diverse love stories are beautiful."
Matt also addressed Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay's call for more diversity in the franchise, as she had been the only black lead in its history.
He said: "When Rachel speaks, we listen. She has a very important voice in all this, being the first black woman, person of color, to have a lead.
"I think that we’re all filing suit in that conversation and this is hopefully the first of many black men to be in the position that I’m in right now."
"In my opinion, I don’t think it’s ever the wrong time to do the right thing," James added.
"Too little, too late for me is this happening, and we can’t have change until we put that first foot forward and the first foot forward for The Bachelor franchise is having a black lead so I’m excited to take on that role."
He continued: "I’m looking for qualities that my mom embodies, and that’s selfless, honest, caring, compassionate and those are qualities found in women all shapes, sizes and races and it’s not a black or white thing.
"I’m hoping when that limo pulls up there’s a lot of diversity and I see every type of woman coming out of that limo."
However, perhaps it was best that Matt didn't meet Clare, as she recently slammed him for making a Cameo account and doing multiple interviews even before they had even filmed the new season of The Bachelorette.
Clare caught wind of her contestant’s moves, and slammed the New Yorker for being in it for the “wrong reasons.”
She fired off on Twitter: “If you are doing interviews and creating Cameo accounts before you are even on my season…
“You are in it for the wrong reasons… #dontwasteyourtime.”
In another tweet, she warned: “Respect the opportunity you’ve been given. Respect the rules. Respect me."
Even though he has not appeared on the series yet, Matt has racked up over 181,000 Instagram followers by frequently posting with fan-favorite Bachelorette alum Tyler.
The duo lives together in New York City and run ABC Food Tours – which strives to “feed, educate and give back” to kids in low-income communities.
Tyler is currently quarantining at his home in Jupiter, Florida with Matt and other friends.
Just a few days ago, Tyler Cameron, Lauren Burnham and many more signed a petition for ABC to cast the first black Bachelor in 40 seasons.
The cast members shared a Charge.org petition titled A Campaign For Anti-Racism in the Bachelor Franchise.
The petition detailed how ABC and Warner Bros. had been producing the franchise for 18 years and out of 40 season leads, only one lead had been black.
It read: “This is unacceptable. As creators of one of the most popular and influential franchises on television, ABC and Warner Bros. have an opportunity and responsibility to feature Black, Indigenous, People of Color (‘BIPOC’) relationships, families, and storylines.
"The franchise, and all those who represent it, should reflect and honor the racial diversity of our country — both in front of and behind the camera.”
The petition also called for at least 35 percent of contestants each season to be people of color.
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