'Bachelor' lawsuit: Judge says show does not have to cast minorities

bachelor-ben-flajnik-bachelorettes.jpgA Tennessee judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by two African-American men against "The Bachelor" franchise in which they claimed they were rejected for the show based on their race.

The men cited that every bachelor so far as been white and claimed that producers stayed away from minority contestants because they felt interracial relationships would alien the show's "predominantly white viewership."

But the judge says under the 1st Amendment, the court cannot tell TV producers (or play directors, or movie directors) how to cast a production. It is akin to why "The Cosby Show" could have an all-African-American cast or why "Jersey Shore" could cast all Italians.

A representative for Warner Bros. tells TMZ, "We felt from the onset this case was completely without merit and we are pleased the court has found in our favor."

We would like to point out that Ben Flajnik's bachelorettes, who were cast before this lawsuit was filed back in April 2012, were all white. Sean Lowe's bachelorette pool, who are filming right now and were cast post-lawsuit filing, features some minority women. Just puttin' that out there.

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