Reports continue to surface regarding Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson's future on Bachelor in Paradise. While Warner Bros. investigation closed after finding no evidence of misconduct on set, as has Olympios' team's separate investigation, fans are probably wondering what will happen next. Now, a source tells Variety that Olympios and Jackson may still be on Bachelor in Paradise in the upcoming season, but reportedly only through footage shot prior to the incident that led to the production shutdown. (Warner Bros. and ABC declined to comment. Olympios' rep told Bustle he doesn't know what Warner Bros. plans to do. Bustle also reached out to Olympios' lawyer and Jackson’s rep, but did not receive an immediate response.)
As a refresher, allegations of sexual misconduct between the two at the onset of shooting led to an official investigation, a two-week halt on production, and a handful of rumors that swarmed the internet. Yet a source close to production claimed to Variety that the week's worth of footage, including the two before the encounter, is reportedly fair game and "likely" to be edited and used. However, footage from the night of the incident will reportedly not be released.
Now that production has continued, this source also claims the mishap will be addressed on the show. "Not sure how in depth [the season] will get with the situation. We will definitely address there was a stop-down, and how things will move going forward," the source told Variety. (ABC and Warner Bros. declined to comment on this as well.)
Earlier this week, it was reported that there'd be new policies on the Bachelor in Paradise set, mostly dealing with alcohol consumption. Sources claimed to TMZ there will now be a max of two drinks per hour, as well as closer monitoring of alcohol consumption by crew members and bartenders. According to TMZ, there reportedly was also a discussion with the cast about alcohol consumption, but it's unclear if the conversation will air during the season.
Before this latest update, Olympios confirmed she would not return to the show in a statement, saying, "I was invited to return to Bachelor in Paradise when production resumed, I respectfully made the decision not to return." According to The Hollywood Reporter, production is reportedly trying to get Jackson to return, even if just for a one-off sit-down, despite earlier claims he wouldn't be back.
While the inclusion of Jackson's and Olympios' footage is not yet confirmed, seeing footage of the two before the incident, as well as discussions among cast and crew members moving forward, could help audiences better understand what exactly happened.