Matt James is ready to fall in love.
The 28-year-old was recently announced as the first Black man to take on the role of The Bachelor, and while it's been less than a month since the historic announcement was made, his life as he knows it is already starting to change.
Matt told host Chris Harrison during The Bachelor: Greatest Seasons—Ever!, "I've heard from a lot of my Black friends that aren't Bachelor Nation faithful that are excited about me and honored by the position I'm in." He noted that this is the first time Black people and other persons of color will be able to witness "diverse relationships" unfold on the ABC series.
"I couldn't be more excited about that," he shared.
Matt also joked that different acquaintances have been coming out of the woodwork to congratulate him on the casting decision, including his third-grade teacher. The reality star quipped, "I hadn't heard from her since I missed my book report. So, there's people coming from all over the place to share their excitement. And it's been nice."
Additionally, his best friend, Tyler Cameron, hopped on the camera to dish on what fans and Chris Harrison alike can expect of their new leading man. For Chris Harrison, Tyler warned that there would be a lot of "obscene" early morning workouts and plenty of food.
When it comes to the women, Tyler suggested that Matt wants a partner who can match his same energy level and desire to "change the world." He described, "I think what you're going to look for is someone who kind of resembles his mother. His mother is one of the sweetest ladies, very loving, caring, compassionate… Matt's gonna change the world, and someone that's ready to take on that challenge with him."
Prior to being named the newest Bachelor, Matt was set to compete for the affections of Bachelorette Clare Crawley. Her season is due to begin filming this summer, with ABC taking plenty of precautions as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact people across the country.
Season 25 of The Bachelor is scheduled to premiere in 2021.