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The Bachelor with Matt James begins Monday, January 4 at 8|7c on ABC!

All that you need to know about Matt James. He is a tall, non-profit-founding, handsome, athletic man. He was originally cast for Clare’s season of The Bachelorette pre-pandemic. And then he was re-cast as The Bachelor. Matt James is friends with Tyler Cameron. Both live in NYC and do work for ABC Food Tours. During the quarantine, you’ll remember the Quarantine Crew with Matt, Tyler, Hannah B., and friends, became popular on TikTok because we all wanted to know what was happening with Hannah B. and Tyler C. Are they dating? Are they not? And it was just great content. Exhibit A below. Who says you can’t be creative in quarantine times? Anywhoo, back to Matt James. Clare’s season got re-cast while producers paused filming during the pandemic and figured out how to quarantine, rent out full hotels and film safely during 2020. Enter Matt James as Season 25 The Bachelor in quarantine times. He is also the first black Bachelor in the franchise. About damn time.

The Bachelor Season 25 with Matt James

Age: 29

Height: 6’5″

Occupation: Real Estate Broker for CBRE

Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina

Lives In: New York City, New York

College: Matt James became friends with Tyler Cameron (from Hannah B.’s Bachelorette season) while playing football at Wake Forest University

Instagram: @mattjames919

TikTok: @mattjames9191

How You Know Him: He was originally cast on Clare’s season of The Bachelorette. He is friends with Tyler Cameron, and they both live in NYC and played college football together. Tyler Cameron’s mom, Andrea, who passed away unexpectedly this year was the one who nominated Matt James for the show. He was part of The Quarantine Crew on TikTok and Instagram. Matt James co-founded and works with the non-profit, ABC Food Tours, with Tyler Cameron where they work with youth from low-income areas to educate them on their food and healthy, active lifestyles. Fun Fact: Matt James and Hannah B. would do devotionals together in quarantine. And he joined Hannah B.’s live devotional series with Australian pastor Elyse at LA Oasis. He grew up with a single mama and he’s an adorable man.

About ABC Food Tours: ABC Food Tours, founded by Matt James and Tyler Cameron in 2018, takes children from low-income areas of NY and LA to restaurants and local food joints in their neighborhood to provide kids with an experience of their local restaurants, have a meal and educate them on healthy, active lifestyles. Swoon.

Matt James’ Ladies

Matt James has 32 ladies vying for his heart in Pennsylvania. The Bachelor filmed at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania for the upcoming season. (Fun Fact: JoJo’s season filmed at this resort in week 4 where she sent Chad home on a two-on-one date.) The Bachelorette for Tayshia’s season filmed at La Quinta Resort and Club in Palm Springs.

Photo Credit: Google Images

The full cast of ladies for Matt James’ season is on ABC: Full Cast

In case you missed the live stream where Chris Harrison introduced Matt James’ ladies, you are welcome! All in all, it seems like we have a lot of ladies in their early 20’s. Back to the youngin’s. Sigh. Oh, well. One is rumored to be an escort. And one shows up in lingerie night one. So they will be bringing the entertainment.

Matt James wearing Tyler Cameron’s Infamous Salmon Jacket on his announcement as the next Bachelor (Tyler Cameron posted a behind-the-scenes of the bottom half revealing shorts. They were in Florida in quarantine times when this was filmed.)

Preview of the Upcoming Season with Matt James!

Buckle up, Bachelor Fans! It’s about to go down! The Bachelor kicks off Monday, January 4 at 8|7c on ABC. So grab your wine bottles and if you’re like me, your mac ‘n cheese, and let’s get this show on the road! Welcome to the East Coast-ish!