Tyler Cameron, Hannah Brown and More on Matt James' Casting as First Black 'Bachelor'

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Tyler Cameron couldn't be more excited for his best friend, Matt James, to find love. The 28-year-old research analyst became the Bachelor franchise's first-ever black lead on Thursday. The news was shared on Good Morning America, days after a petition was created by Bachelor fans to cast a black lead for season 25. 

James is the first Bachelor in 12 years to be cast without appearing on a previous season of The Bachelorette. He was previously announced as a contestant on Clare Crawley's season of The Bachelorette, though due to coronavirus, the cycle halted production in March before Crawley even met her men at the Bachelor mansion. The franchise later announced they were recasting some men for the season due to scheduling. 

Cameron revealed that he was with James during his GMA interview by posting a behind-the-scenes video. "Let's go," he wrote.

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He later posted a congratulatory message along with a pic of him sleeping on James' shoulder. "Congrats to my brother @mattjames919 on being named the Bachelor. This is all a testament of who you are as a person," he wrote. "Now the world gets to see the person you are and the heart you have. You can change the world. Proud of you and so excited for you. Not excited that somebody will be taking my spot as your snuggle buddy 😢 . PS peep the drool 🤤"

Former Bachelorette and Cameron's ex, Hannah Brown, got on her Instagram Story right when she woke up to react to the news. "What the heck?! Matt James is the Bachelor," she exclaimed. "...I could not be more excited. Y'all should be so freaking excited because he's, like, the best human being in the entire world. ...Y'all, this is amazing."

She added, "So proud of you, Matt James!"