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Hannah Brown Celebrates First Black 'Bachelor' Matt James Amid N-Word Controversy

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By Mike Walters

'Bachelorette' star Hannah Brown is celebrating the huge news that friend, Matt James, has just been cast as the first-ever black lead 'Bachelor' in the history of the show! But, it comes on the heels of the reality star's own controversy involving racism.

After the news broke, Hannah took to Instagram to celebrate the huge announcement, and acknowledge her friend's huge accomplishment.

"Matt James is the Bachelor. I cannot contain my excitement for this amazing human making history as the first Black Bachelor— to God be the Glory! 🙌" she began.

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She continued, "This man is as good as it gets y’all, and that’s coming from a previous skeptic (lolz). I am so blessed to now call you friend. You’ve supported and encouraged me in some of the hardest moments lately and I’m so freaking pumped to support and encourage you as you get ready to go on an adventure of a lifetime! #1 Matt James fan right here! 🌹"

Hannah's statement comes on the heels of her own controversy involving dropping the n-word while singing along to a rap song.

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In the video of the incident, Hannah repeated the lyrics to DaBaby's hit song 'Rockstar.' Fans of the reality star pointed out her half-baked initial reaction to the issue, where she initially attempted to blame her brother for saying it.

"I don't think I said it," she said with a giggle. "Maybe I didn't. No, I was singing...I'm so sorry," she continued.

The next day, Brown issued an apology saying, “I have read your messages and seen the hurt I have caused. I own it all. I am terribly sorry and know that whether in public or private, this language is unacceptable. I promise to do better.”

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At the time, fellow Bachelor Nation star Rachel Lindsay weighed in on the video and Brown's language.

Lindsay, the franchise's only black lead, recorded a lengthy Instagram video addressing the situation. She noted in the video, Brown was conscious not to use the f-word while reciting the lyrics, yet was able to let the n-word fly.

“I hate that I have to do this. I never wanted to speak on this. I never wanted to say anything," she said. Adding, "I’m honestly tired of feeling like I have to be the one to speak because other people won’t.”

In the end, Lindsay says she reached out to Brown to help educate her on the word.

As we reported, this morning on 'Good Morning America' Matt James was announced as this season's 'The Bachelor.'

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