Following calls that their three newest Bachelors "lacked diversity", Network 10 has defended their choice to cast the three chosen suitors, saying that a "significant portion" of the cast is still to come.
After it was revealed that the new season of The Bachelor would feature three Anglo men, Felix Von Hofe, Thomas Malucelli and Jed McIntosh, many fans - along with some former contestants - criticised the franchise for its decision to pick three white cisgender men for the series.
Despite the vocal criticism, Network 10 has since backed its choice to cast the trio.
Speaking to TV Tonight, Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer of Paramount, Beverley McGarvey, said, "Diversity looks at many things, and even to cast the way that it's been cast, those guys don't necessarily all print like your typical Bachelor of years gone by.
"There's a whole significant portion of that cast still to come, which will make people probably slightly rethink their position."
She continued, "It's about cast and crew in representation and we do feel that it matters, and we've demonstrated that clearly with all of our casting choices."
Beverley continued that filming has just commenced in Queensland, in a revamped series which expands on cast size and format. The announcement of the three male leads was to reset the show with its audience.
"This year, we were trying to do something different with Bachelor, even just in terms of the age range, which allows us to cast different types of women as well.
"We're just going to stay quiet on that and then once people see the entire cast, then they will see that the entire cast is very representative of the Australian population."
Among those to voice their disappointment was former Bachelorette Angie Kent, who wrote in a column for Yahoo that it "makes me really sad" to see queer representation in the Bachelorette series, only for it to return to its old formula for The Bachelor.
"Last year we had our first-ever queer indigenous Bachelorette [Brooke Blurton] with ratings at an all-time low… Jimmy [Nicholson's] season [of The Bachelor] has also hit rock bottom," she wrote.
"It really makes me sad to think that as a nation, do we really need to get rid of this diversity for the average gamer to tune in? The proof seems to be in the pudding, and by pudding I mean ratings."
Abbie Chatfield also spoke out on the casting on Hot Nights with Abbie Chatfield co-host Rohan Edwards.
"Why is there not one person of colour?" she asked, adding, "I'm hoping at least one of them is bisexual. I'm just hoping that there's something going on here."
This article was originally published on our sister site New Idea.