By Lynette Rice
Updated October 15, 2012 at 10:49 PM EDT

A judge in Tennessee today dismissed a lawsuit against ABC’s The Bachelor that accused the reality show of only casting single white men in the “title” role.

“We felt from the onset this case was completely without merit and we are pleased the Court has found in our favor,” according to a statement from Warner Horizon, one of two production companies behind the show.

Nashville natives Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson, who are African-American, went to court in April to argue how The Bachelor exhibited a “refusal to hire minority applicants” as part of “a conscious attempt to minimize the risk of alienating their majority-white viewership and the advertisers targeting that viewership.” Both men tried out to be a bachelor during an open casting call in August 2011 but didn’t make it past early rounds.

The Bachelor has never featured an African-American man as the single guy who gets to choose a wife from a bevy of beauties.