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Mike Johnson breaks silence on not becoming the first black 'Bachelor,' date with Demi Lovato

Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY

Peter Weber's casting as the next "Bachelor" star has been met with mixed reactions. Though he was a fan-favorite on "The Bachelorette," franchise alum Rachel Lindsay is leading push back, arguing the next Bachelor should have been Mike Johnson, who would have been the series' first black male lead.

Johnson has broken his silence, agreeing with Lindsay's sentiments.

"After 24 Bachelors, a black Bachelor should have been cast," Johnson told Entertainment Tonight, adding that "at the same time, ABC has been successful. They know what they're doing for their audience. They know what they're looking for. I wasn't the guy they were looking for at the moment."

Johnson also confirmed that he had gone on a date with Demi Lovato after months of speculation, ever since the singer posted about Johnson's run on "The Bachelorette" ("Mike, I accept your rose," she declared on Instagram)  before showing up at the live reunion show in July. 

Her online flirting caught Johnson's eye, and he boldly told US Weekly in July that he would "100%" take her out on a date because he's "not scared about it at all." 

Lindsay, the star of Season 13 of "The Bachelorette," told ET Tuesday she was "bored" by the decision to cast Weber. "How many Peters have we seen before?" she said.

"I think of diversity more than just black and white," Johnson added. "And yes, Peter has a Cuban mom, but let's just be honest – he's white, right? And that's just being completely transparent. I think that there should be an Asian lead, an Indian lead... diversity is not just black and white. It's not just salt and pepper."

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Bachelorette' alum Mike Johnson on Bachelor casting, Demi Lovato date