DeMario Jackson Allegedly Could Still Return To 'Bachelor In Paradise'
Now that filming on Bachelor in Paradise Season 4 is officially a go (again), fans are buzzing about what the show will actually look like after the dust has settled. Will the process look any different? Will the same stars be on the beach who were announced in the initial cast lineup? Well, reportedly, there is still a chance that DeMario Jackson could return to Bachelor in Paradise, even if it's not necessarily as a contestant.
According to what a source close to the show claims to The Hollywood Reporter, despite the fact that Jackson didn't return to Mexico with the rest of the cast last week, producers are allegedly still hopeful that he will come back in some capacity.
The source claims that Jackson could return as a late addition to the cast — something that happens routinely on BiP as eliminations are made all season long — or that he could even pop in for a sit down interview to tell his story.
Warner Bros. had no comment on the report; a rep for Jackson has not yet returned Bustle's request for comment.
But even though this source claims that Jackson returning is possible, shortly after it was announced that filming would resume, a report from TMZ surfaced claiming that Jackson had already turned down the show's invitation to return; although that report was never officially confirmed. Judging by the way he's reacted to the situation surrounding the show in the past couple of weeks, it does seem unlikely that he'd choose to go on BiP again, especially as a contestant.
After reports came out claiming that Jackson was allegedly involved in sexual misconduct with fellow contestant Corinne Olympios, he released the following statement through his lawyer:
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.
Warner Bros. resumed filming of the show following an internal investigation that didn't find evidence supporting charges of misconduct by a cast member. As for Olympios, she has hired a lawyer who says he is still continuing his own investigation into the matter.
It would certainly be a surprise if Jackson returned to the show to look for love, but maybe he would return in order to tell his side of the story — something he's already begun to do in an interview with E! News that debuted Monday night.
Only time will tell what happens next. BiP's original premiere date of Aug. 8 is still more than a month away.