Bachelor in Paradise‘s fate is up in the air after a shocking sex scandal. As many fans know, allegations of sexual misconduct have shut down production on Season 4, sending all of the contestants home.
As previously reported by Hollywood News Daily, production was shut down after a raunchy hookup between Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson. Sources claim that the two were reportedly very drunk when they began to engaged in sexual behavior, and that everything that happened may not have been consensual.
Now, Bachelor in Paradise host, Chris Harrison is speaking out on the incident, and asking fans for patience and understanding during this time, revealing that he wants to get back to work son.
“By now no doubt you have heard that we have suspended production on this season’s Bachelor in Paradise,” Chris’ statement read. “I can confirm to you that this is sadly the case. Out of respect to all involved, there’s only so much I can and will say at this time. Normally with a situation like this I would not say anything until the incident is fully resolved, but with all the rumors and misinformation being put out there I don’t find that to be possible anymore. Let me start by saying the safety and care of the cast and crew of our show is of the utmost importance to us. It is with this thought in mind that we made the decision to suspend filming. An investigation into the situation was started immediately. Warner Bros. is handling the details of that investigation. They’re moving quickly to gather all the facts, and once that’s done a clear concise decision can be made about where we go from here.”
“I know in this day and age we want and even expect immediate answers but in this case it’s just not possible. So again I urge you to please be patient and respect the privacy of the parties involved. I will keep you as informed and up to date as I possibly can. We’re sorry for any inconvenience and disappointment this may have caused the cast, the crew and our loyal fans. It is my sincere hope that we can come to a quick resolution on this and get back to work very soon.”
While Chris Harrison says he wants to get back to work soon, it’s unclear about what that really means. Reality Steve is reporting that Bachelor in Paradise Season 4 is definitely cancelled, but fans are holding out hope that the after the investigation is over the cast will return to Mexico to film the rest of the season. While it does seem unlikely the show will continue, the series could return next summer, or be cancelled altogether and replaced with a new Bachelor themed summer show.
What are your thoughts on the Bachelor in Paradise scandal? Share this article and leave a comment below.
[Featured Image by Craig Sjodin and Mitch Haaseth/ABC