Blame Juan Pablo! 'Bachelor' Galavis Spoiled ABC's Plans For A Black Lead, Says Ex

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Feb. 16 2017, Updated 3:59 p.m. ET

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It took ABC 33 seasons to cast the first black lead on The Bachelorette – and a former contestant is blaming notorious Bachelor star Juan Pablo Galavis for the delay. Chantel Forrest slammed her ex exclusively to

When I was on the show it was with Juan Pablo,” Forrest told Radar of the Venezuelan-born bachelor. “They gave minority a chance, but he really screwed it up.”

Forrest added, “They gave it an opportunity and it didn’t work out with him because he’s the worst one of all time. I think that's why they waited so long!”

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As Radar readers know, Rachel Lindsay, a contestant on Nick Viall’s season, has been chosen as the series’ first black lead.

“I think it’s awesome,” Forrest said. “It’s incredible. It’s something we didn’t see happening in the near future. I think she’s going to be a great bachelorette. As a former African American candidate, I’m proud and honored that this is actually happening.”

Galavis was labeled “the worst bachelor” of the franchise when he refused to propose to Nikki Ferrell or tell her he loved her on the finale episode.

When asked during an interview if he thought it was a good idea to have a “gay or bisexual bachelor” in the future, he responded, “There’s this thing about gay people… They’re more pervert in a sense.”

Andi Dorfman, who left the show after their fantasy suite date, wrote in her book It’s Not Okay, “Unfortunately, he also had the a**hole gene and in my opinion was one of the more narcissistic humans I had ever met. Narcissistic and ungrateful. He was honest to the point of offensive, entitled to the point of elitism and pompous to the point of disgust."

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