Lamar Hurd for “The Bachelor?”
A push to get the former OSU basketball player on ABC’s hit show is gaining steam
Published: Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 21:07
Two months ago, Oregon State University men’s basketball coach Craig Robinson spoke highly of Lamar Hurd when asked about the former Beaver point guard.
“He’s got the look, charisma and great insights,” Robinson raved.
Robinson was talking about Hurd’s prospects as a college basketball television analyst.
Lately, ladies across the nation have been uttering those very same sentiments about Hurd.
But they’re referring to the 28-year-old’s prospects as the star of a reality dating television show, whether it be ABC’s “The Bachelor” or NBC’s “The One.”
Hurd met with “The Bachelor” casting directors Monday in Los Angeles, Calif., and had an interview over Skype with “The One” casting directors Tuesday.
Hurd said both meetings went “really well,” though he couldn’t dive into specifics.
“The One” is a new reality relationship show, similar to ABC’s version — which is in its 17th season (if you include ABC’s “The Bachelorette”).
Hurd is very much in the running to be the one handing out roses.
Last Friday, Entertainment Weekly, perezhilton.com, The Huffington Post and various other websites mentioned Hurd’s quest to become the first African-American to star on “The Bachelor.”
His audition video on YouTube, which was shot and edited by former OSU football player Taylor Kavanaugh, has achieved 17,000 views in just more than a week, and ABC’s “Good Morning America” recently requested permission to air the video.
The movement — which was thought of by his assistant Tammie Black and his publicist in late January — is blowing up.
“From the start, it’s something I’ve thought, ‘Man, this could potentially create a lot of hype,’” Hurd said. “But in the past week, it’s been taken to another level. I don’t even know what to expect next.”
The movement initially focused on getting Hurd on “The Bachelor,” but NBC caught wind of Hurd and grew interested.
Hurd’s publicist, who got the whole thing off the ground by getting the attention of several of “The Bachelor” former contestants via Twitter, said support is pouring in from all over the place.
“The amount of love that we received stemming from the Entertainment Weekly article has been giving us hope,” Hurd’s publicist said. “The people are speaking. The masses are finally speaking up and getting the attention of the right people.”
Hurd said he’s received some support from his alma mater, mostly from current women’s soccer and men’s basketball players.
OSU women’s soccer player Morgan Kennedy is among those supporters, and thinks Hurd is more than capable of capturing hearts across America.
“He seems super real and upfront. He’s genuinely a good person,” Kennedy said. “And he’s easy on the eyes, that’s always a good quality. That smile just gets ya.”
Some may feel that Hurd, who’s highly thought of by those who know him, isn’t suited for a show that, as he puts it, has an “established culture of drama and sexual freedom.”
Hurd won’t change his ways.
“If the established culture doesn’t match up with my culture and my values, I’m gonna expand out of that culture and do it my way,” Hurd said. “I’m not going to be on there kissing girls every date, because I don’t do that outside of TV, so I wouldn’t do it on TV.”
“The One” is expected to choose its main man within the next month. “The Bachelor” will likely wait a couple months, meaning Hurd will have to choose in the near future which opportunity he wants to pursue.
As of Tuesday, he said he was 55 percent leaning toward “The Bachelor” and 45 percent leaning toward “The One.”
Those who want to support Hurd can do so by following the Twitter account ran by his publicist (@1stblkbachelor) and by nominating Hurd for “The Bachelor” on ABC.com.
“If the University got behind it, that would be really helpful,” Hurd said. “If Good Morning America can get behind it, so can Oregon State people.”