Following numerous reports regarding the situation surrounding Season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise, on Tuesday, host Chris Harrison responded to the Bachelor in Paradise scandal. It's only been a couple days since the news broke, but it's felt like a long time considering how serious the situation sounds. And, now, Harrison has shared his view of the situation in a statement published by People.
Update: In a video posted by TMZ, Jackson says "no comment" in response to numerous questions about the alleged incident. Asked if he's upset about reports alleging that Olympios claims she did not give consent, Jackson responded, ""No, no. I'm all good."
Update #5: On Tuesday, Corinne Olympios' lawyer Martin Singer released a statement to Bustle that read,
Earlier: For those of you who haven't been following the situation, People reports that an alleged sexual encounter occurred between DeMario Jackson and a female contestant who allegedly may not have been able to give consent. TMZreports that the female contestant was Corinne Olympios, and that sources reportedly close to her claim she was unable to give consent, but allegedly doesn't "fully blame" Jackson, who was allegedly drunk like she was. The sources also claim she feels that production should have stepped in. TMZ also reported that sources reportedly close to Jackson claim that sexual activity did occur, but these sources did not bring up consent as an issue. Reportedly, a producer filing a complaint related to the situation shut down production. Bustle has reached out to Jackson and Olympios for comment, but has not received a response.
As for Harrison, People shared his lengthy statement about the incident and the production shutdown, which began,
With all of the speculation from media outlets, fans on social media, and even Bachelor cast members, it's perhaps unsurprising that Harrison would want to address the controversy, even if he's not actually revealing much. The statement continued:
Considering that the cast members were flown back to the U.S., it would not be a surprise if BiP's fourth season is totally cancelled. When it comes to what "decision can be made about where go from here" means exactly, fans will have to wait until the investigation is complete to find out.
The immediate response people tend to expect has surely put even more pressure on this extremely difficult situation. It's understandable that fans would be curious about what is going on, but, as Harrison points out, patience is key during a time like this.