“Bachelor in Paradise” host Chris Harrison on Tuesday addressed the allegations of contestant misconduct that resulted in the reality show suspending production.
“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,” Harrison, 45, said in a statement. He said production company Warner Bros., which suspended work on the show Sunday, is “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.”
He cautioned, “There are a lot of competing details in the various press accounts of the incident. And there’s a lot of misinformation out there too. We urge everyone to be patient until the investigation is complete.”
Harrison concluded by acknowledging that “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.”
Warner Bros. had said in a statement Sunday it had “become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set of “Bachelor in Paradise’ in Mexico,” where the fourth season of ABC’s “Bachelor” / “Bachelorette” spinoff was in production for an Aug. 8 premiere. “We have suspended production and we are conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations,” the statement continued. “Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action.”
Los Angeles Times film writer Amy Kaufman, who spoke to sources on condition of anonymity, tweeted that contestants DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios had become inebriated and began to behave intimately, though not to the point of sex, while naked in a pool. Kaufman said, “The following day . . . a producer who witnessed this hookup did not show up to work. According to my source, this producer went on to sue the production for misconduct over what she witnessed . . . ”
“Entertainment Tonight” added that at issue was whether Olympios was too drunk to have given consent.