Mike Johnson says a 'black Bachelor should have been cast' after Peter Weber reveal (Exclusive)

Mike Johnson was ready to shake up the Bachelor franchise -- but it just wasn't ready for him. 

On Tuesday night'sBachelor in Paradise finale, Peter Weber was instead announced as the next Bachelor. Some fans were thrilled, and others were disappointed not to see Johnson, a fan favorite from Hannah Brown's season of The Bachelorette, get the gig. The 31-year-old Air Force vet would have been the first black Bachelor. 

Now, Johnson is speaking out on Weber's casting to ET, and while he seems to have the potential for new love in his life (he confirmed he went on a date with Demi Lovato), he couldn't help but note the struggles the franchise has faced when it comes to embracing diverse leads. Weber, a 28-year-old Delta pilot, is half-Cuban, but Johnson is ready to see even more representation onscreen. 

"I think of diversity more than just black and white. And yes, Peter has a Cuban mom, but let's just be honest -- he's white, right? And that's just being completely transparent," Johnson said. "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." 

This comes after Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay voiced similar concerns to ET about a lack of diversity in the show's casting. See Johnson's full interview below.

ET: We have some big Bachelor news to talk about. How are you?

Mike Johnson: I'm amazing. I'm just loving my life right now.

Well, let's get to it -- Peter Weber is the next Bachelor. Former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay spoke about Peter's casting to ET and said she thinks we haven't had a black Bachelor yet because the "system isn't working" for people of color. What's your take on that?

Congratulations to Peter first and foremost. Then in regards to what Rachel was saying, I do agree with Rachel, that after 24 Bachelors, a black Bachelor should have been cast. But 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.

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THE BACHELORETTE - "1504" - Hannah takes her journey to find love on the road as she and the remaining 15 men travel to Boston and the beautiful seaside city of Newport, Rhode Island. Jed takes in the city sights with Hannah, shopping at Quincy Market, strolling in Boston Common and lifting a pint at the iconic "Cheers" bar. But the Bachelorette has a real surprise for her date: a visit to the Auerbach Center, where the 17-time World Champion Boston Celtics practice, for an opportunity to play a pickup game with Celtics stars Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier. Moving on to Newport, 13 men get down and dirty, competing in a fierce but exciting rugby game at Fort Adam, home of the champion Newport Rugby Football Club, which sends one man to the hospital. Later that night, two men go head-to-head and Hannah is caught in the middle. Who is telling the truth? Will she follow her heart or her head? As she heads into her next one-on-one date, still upset, her tall, handsome suitor provides the needed support and comfort. That night, they dance to the music of country star Jake Owen, who sings his hit song "Made For You," which leaves them to wonder if, indeed, they are a match. At an explosive cocktail party, two rivals take turns throwing each other under the bus, even as Hannah attempts to focus on her blossoming relationships. Will she keep both or will one make an early exit? The other men are left to wonder as Hannah walks out in frustration on "The Bachelorette," MONDAY, JUNE 3 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Robert Clark/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) HANNAH BROWN, JOHN PAUL JONES, MATTEO, LUKE P., PETER
THE BACHELORETTE - "1503" - Eight men get the surprise of their life as husband and wife actors Jason Biggs ("American Pie" movies, "Orange Is the New Black") and Jenny Mollen (TV series "Angel" and "Crash") take them to a birthing class with hilarious results. Which one of Hannah's suitors will endure the experience of simulating childbirth? The Bachelorette gets a real-life health scare and one bachelor comes to her rescue. In return, she rewards him with a private concert by Danish pop and soul band Lukas Graham, performing their hit, "Love Someone." Hannah brings another group of men on a professional photo shoot where they are shocked to find that they are posing with professional models-who are adorable animals. The curious Bachelorette once again employs Demi to share with her what the men do when she is not around, reminiscent of the new Illumination Entertainment film from the creators of "Despicable Me," "The Secret Life of Pets 2." Will the guys pass Demi's test? And later, will one man spin out of control and out of Hannah's life? The men battle to get a rose, whatever it takes, on "The Bachelorette," MONDAY, MAY 27 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (John Fleenor via Getty Images) PETER, HANNAH BROWN
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When did you find out it would be Peter? You told ET at The Bachelorette: Men Tell All you thought it would be him...

I did [say I thought it was going to be him], but that wasn't because ABC told me. I just felt that way, and I will always be honest with the way I feel, and I felt that for what they were looking for, that Peter would be a really good fit.

Well, what were they looking for? And why wasn't it you?

Why do I think it wasn't me? I have no idea. I can only speak on my personality and the wonderful man that I am. I do know that Peter and I are two completely different people -- both good people, kind-hearted people. But I do feel that I'm a bit more outspoken than Peter. I'm a bit louder than Peter is. I have tattoos, and the obvious, I'm black, so we are very diverse and different in that regard as well. And we like different women. I want to make sure the focus is centered around love because that's what this show is about. So, Peter and I also are attracted to two different types of women as well.

During her interview with ET, Rachel discussed Peter's recently announced pool of contestants. A white Bachelor could mean more white contestants, and a higher likelihood of a white Bachelorette -- so does the cycle continue? What can the franchise do to up the diversity and give more people of color a shot at becoming the lead?

Great question. Two parts on that -- I think of diversity more than just black and white. 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.

I feel that Rachel is extremely intelligent. She's saying that from a statistical standpoint... if Peter likes one thing -- not saying what he does like and he doesn't like -- but if he likes Caucasian women for example, then there may be a higher percentage of it being a Caucasian Bachelorette. But I do know for a fact that ABC chooses based on personality... who's to say that one of the women of color may not be the Bachelorette next? But on Peter's season, he may have a higher likelihood of picking a woman who is Caucasian. 

Fans are searching for meaning in why you weren't picked to be the Bachelor. Some have pointed out that you weren't emotional enough on Bachelor in Paradise, a la Colton Underwood's memorable breakdown before his casting as the Bachelor. What do you say to that?

My answer is so emotionally tied to that. I think that's quite honestly ignorant for someone to say because I am an emotional person. The fact that I don't cry on a drop of a dime doesn't make me any less or more emotional than Colton, as you point out, or Peter, or any other man or woman, for that matter. My grandma and my mom have taught me that everyone deals with different moments of tragedy or sadness differently. So, the way I chose to do it was to internalize it and to talk to my friends when I got home, and talk to my loved ones. If tears would have came, I wouldn't have held back. But I don't think that has anything to do with them not choosing me, because I've cried. That's just ignorance.

We are looking forward to seeing some new love in your life. You went on a date with Demi Lovato. What can you tell us about it, and where do things stand now? Will you double date with Tyler Cameron and Gigi Hadid?

Demi Lovato and I went on a date. The woman is quite astounding and amazing, and that's all I'll say on that. 

Weber's season of The Bachelor premieres Monday, Jan. 6 on ABC. 

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THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 1905' - The next day, Chris sneaks into Britt's hotel room in the early morning hours and whisks her away on one of the most romantic dates of the season: a hot air balloon ride as the sun rises. Part two of the couple's passionate date might put this woman's way ahead of the group. Too bad the other bachelorettes don't think she is being truthful about her intentions, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lewis Jacobs/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 12: 67517_1782 -- THE BACHELORETTE - 'Episode 202' - Chris Harrison introduces the 15 remaining men to their new 'Bachelor Pad,' and Meredith goes on three dates with her suitors, one individual date and two group dates. On the individual date, which is the result of the 'white rose' Meredith handed out the first night, she and Rick go on a romantic date in a Hollywood mansion. On the two group dates, which are both 7-1, she goes on a 'Mad Max' date, where a helicopter drops them off in the middle of nowhere and she and the men ride ATV's; and then on a rodeo-themed date, where they go horseback riding, have a BBQ and sit by a campfire. At the end of the episode, Meredith must narrow the field from 15 to 10, on 'The Bachelorette,' WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network., (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
THE BACHELOR - 'The Women Tell All' - There were highs and lows during Sean's unforgettable season - and then there was Tierra, the most controversial bachelorette of the group. Tierra, who has been the woman viewers and the other bachelorettes have loved to hate all season, will return to have her chance to defend herself. Will she apologize for her behavior? Will she fight back and be her fiery self, or will viewers see another side of her? It's an explosive reunion viewers won't want to miss, as the most memorable and fan favorite bachelorettes from this season - including AshLee, Desiree, Lesley M., Tierra, Selma, Sarah, Kacie B. -- return to confront each other and Sean one last time on national television to tell their side of the story. Sarah seeks closure from Sean; Desiree explains about her journey of self-discovery; and a devastated AshLee reveals what she was thinking when Sean let her go in Thailand. Follow Sean and Chris on the Bachelor Bus as they shock fans at their viewer parties in the Los Angeles area, and take a sneak peek at the Season Finale and the final two bachelorettes - Catherine and Lindsay -- on 'The Bachelor: The Women Tell All,' MONDAY, MARCH 4 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) CHRIS HARRISON, SEAN LOWE
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2007: 67497_3399_23 -- THE BACHELORETTE - Meredith Phillips, former participant and romantic hopeful from Bob Guiney's season of 'The Bachelor,' is the star of the latest installment of 'The Bachelorette.' Meredith, 30, a make-up artist originally from Portland, Oregon, who currently resides in Los Angeles, hopes to meet a man who shares her desire for a serious, long-term relationship, and even possibly marriage. 'The Bachelorette,' an original one-hour primetime romance reality television series, returns for a second season on the ABC Television Network on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET). (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
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UNITED STATES - APRIL 26: THE BACHELOR: LONDON CALLING -- THE WOMEN TELL ALL - 'The Women Tell All' -- It's an explosive reunion viewers won't want to miss, as the most memorable bachelorettes from this season - including Ashlee, Carri, Marshana, Robin and Stacey -- return to confront each other and Matt one last time on national television to dish the dirt and tell their side of the story, on 'The Bachelor: London Calling -- The Women Tell All,' MONDAY, MAY 5 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Greg Zabilski/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 26: THE BACHELOR: LONDON CALLING -- THE WOMEN TELL ALL - 'The Women Tell All' -- It's an explosive reunion viewers won't want to miss, as the most memorable bachelorettes from this season - including Ashlee, Carri, Marshana, Robin and Stacey -- return to confront each other and Matt one last time on national television to dish the dirt and tell their side of the story, on 'The Bachelor: London Calling -- The Women Tell All,' MONDAY, MAY 5 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Greg Zabilski/ABC via Getty Images)
BARBADOS - MARCH 03: THE BACHELOR: LONDON CALLING - 'Episode 1208' - Matt faces an excruciating decision between Chelsea and Shayne before making the commitment of his life, on the gripping Season Finale that ends with one heartbroken bachelorette in tears and other engaged to be married, on 'The Bachelor: London Calling,' MONDAY, MAY 12 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Larkey/ABC via Getty Images)
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 1510' - In this dramatic conclusion, Brad, who came back for a second chance at love, prepared to make one of the most difficult choices of this life. His search for love was narrowed down to two very different women - Chantal and Emily -- and he fell in love with both of them. Now, after having his family meet them in Cape Town, South Africa, and under immense pressure, he made one final heart-wrenching decision that could change his life forever. After three years of soul-searching, he proposed to Emily Maynard on the season finale of 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, MARCH 14 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mark Wessels/ABC via Getty Images)EMILY MAYNARD, BRAD WOMACK
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 1505' - The Bachelor must face the difficult task of taking Ashley H. and Ashley S., two women he's fond of, on the famed two-on-one date, vowing to have fun - even with a painful choice looming at the end of the night. What a surprise Brad has in store for the ladies! They go backstage of the hit show 'Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil,' where they discover they'll be a part of the performance later that night. But there's a catch: the number they'll perform is a duet, and Brad will need to decide which woman will stay and perform with him. The tension filled dinner does nothing to make Brad's decision any easier, as he sends one woman home in tears, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 31 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/ABC via Getty Images)BRAD WOMACK, ASHLEY S.
THE BACHELOR - In 'Episode 1601,' Ben returns to the mansion for the first big cocktail party. He explains to Chris Harrison that, as painful as his experience was last season, he has no regrets. When Ben began his journey with Ashley, he was emotionally shut down due to his grief over his father's death. Ultimately, he was able to open himself up again to love. Because of that journey, he is a different man and ready to try and find love again, when 'The Bachelor' premieres MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell / ABC via Getty Images) BACHELORETTES, BEN FLAJNIK
THE BACHELOR - In 'Episode 1601,' Ben returns to the mansion for the first big cocktail party. He explains to Chris Harrison that, as painful as his experience was last season, he has no regrets. When Ben began his journey with Ashley, he was emotionally shut down due to his grief over his father's death. Ultimately, he was able to open himself up again to love. Because of that journey, he is a different man and ready to try and find love again, when 'The Bachelor' premieres MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell / ABC via Getty Images) BACHELORETTES
THE BACHELOR - In 'Episode 1601,' Ben returns to the mansion for the first big cocktail party. He explains to Chris Harrison that, as painful as his experience was last season, he has no regrets. When Ben began his journey with Ashley, he was emotionally shut down due to his grief over his father's death. Ultimately, he was able to open himself up again to love. Because of that journey, he is a different man and ready to try and find love again, when 'The Bachelor' premieres MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)SHERYL, BEN FLAJNIK
BACHELOR IN PARADISE - 'Episode 101' - This summer, 25 of 'The Bachelor's' biggest stars and most controversial contestants are back looking for a second chance at love on 'Bachelor in Paradise.' They all left 'The Bachelor' or 'The Bachelorette' with broken hearts, but now they are back to find their soul mates. 'Bachelor in Paradise' begins with 14 former cast members, eight women and six men, who travel to beautiful Tulum, Mexico hoping to turn a potential summer fling into the real thing. However, in true 'Bachelor' fashion, there is always a surprise. 'Bachelor in Paradise' premieres MONDAY, AUGUST 4 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Francisco Rmoan/ABC via Getty Images)
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 1904' - It's off to San Francisco for Chris and six bachelorettes for the last group date. Dressed in wedding gowns, the women have to complete a difficult mud run with the losers going home and the winner spending a romantic night with Chris. Just so happens the winner is a frontrunner in the race for the Bachelor's heart, and she leaves the other five women in the dust. An amorous mood is set at dinner overlooking the glittering city by the bay, and Chris has a chance to find out about another side of this stunning beauty. Will she capture his heart or leave without a rose? - on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 26 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by David Moir/ABC via Getty Images)
BACHELOR IN PARADISE - 'Episode 306A' - In the gorgeous resort town of Sayulita, Mexico, the drama continues for the hopeful contestants in the two-night season finale of the highly anticipated 'Bachelor in Paradise,' MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT). (Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) AMANDA STANTON, JOSH MURRAY
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