Chris Harrison Comments On 'BiP's Return
The show will go on. Allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise Season 4 halted production of the popular dating show just over a week ago. And now, Warner Bros. has announced that its investigation is complete and production will resume. Bachelor in Paradise's host, Chris Harrison, took to Twitter on Tuesday, June 20 to thank fans who were waiting to hear about the status of the investigation.
"Thank you for your patience, trust and loyalty #BachelorNation and to our entire Bachelor family."
Production of Bachelor in Paradise was reportedly stopped due to an alleged nonconsensual sexual incident allegedly between former Bachelorette contestant DeMario Jackson and former Bachelor star Corrine Olympios. People magazine reported Jackson allegedly had a sexual encounter with a female contestant who "may have been too drunk to consent." TMZ reported that this female contestant was allegedly Olympios.
In the statement shared with Bustle, Warner Bros. said:
"As we previously stated, we recently became aware of allegations regarding an incident on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico. We take all such allegations seriously. The safety, security and well-being of the cast and crew is our number one concern, and we suspended filming so that the allegations could be investigated immediately and thoroughly. Our internal investigation, conducted with the assistance of an outside law firm, has now been completed. Out of respect for the privacy interests of those involved, we do not intend to release the videotape of the incident. We can say, however, that the tape does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member. Nor does the tape show, contrary to many press reports, that the safety of any cast member was ever in jeopardy. Production on this season of Bachelor in Paradise will be resuming, and we plan to implement certain changes to the show’s policies and procedures to enhance and further ensure the safety and security of all participants.”
ABC released the following statement:
"We appreciate the swift and complete investigation by Warner Bros. into allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise. Given their results, the series will resume production, and will air this summer on ABC."
Update: On Tuesday, Corinne Olympios' lawyer Martin Singer released a statement to Bustle that read,
“It needs to be made crystal clear that production of 'Bachelor in Paradise' was shut down because of multiple complaints received from 'BIP' producers and crew members on the set. It was not shut down due to any complaint filed by Corinne against anyone. It comes as no surprise that Warner Bros., as a result of its own internal Investigation, would state that no wrong doing had occurred. Our own investigation will continue based on multiple new witnesses coming forward revealing what they saw and heard.”
Although some fans may breathe a sigh of relief, Olympios and Jackson are likely still dealing with the fallout from the situation.
Olympios released a statement three days after production show down, which reads,
“I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened on June 4. Although I have little memory of that night, something bad obviously took place, which I understand is why production on the show has now been suspended and a producer on the show has filed a complaint against the production. As a woman, this is my worst nightmare and it has now become my reality. As I pursue the details and facts surrounding that night and the immediate days after, I have retained a group of professionals to ensure that what happened on June 4 comes to light and I can continue my life, including hiring an attorney to obtain justice and seeking therapy to begin dealing with the physical and emotional trauma stemming from that evening.”
Jackson also released a statement soon after Olympios:
"It's unfortunate that my character and family name has been assassinated this past week with false claims and malicious allegations. I will be taking swift and appropriate legal action until my name is cleared and, per the advice of legal counsel, will be seeking all available remedies entitled to me under the laws."
As Bachelor in Paradise continues amid the controversy, Harrison is continuing to live-tweeting The Bachelorette until production starts again. On Monday, June 19, the host thanked viewers for "making #thebachelorette #1 show on TV last night."
Bachelor in Paradise will return this summer. It is currently unclear if Jackson and Olympios are returning.