Evan Bass & Carly Waddell's Wedding Will Air Despite The 'Bachelor In Paradise' Suspension
As Bachelor Nation knows by now, alleged "misconduct" on the set of Bachelor in Paradise Season 4 has halted production. But while the fourth season may be postponed indefinitely, it's been confirmed to E! News that the most loved-up couple from Season 3 will still get married on TV. Yes, Evan Bass and Carly Waddell's wedding is still very much on.
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 #2: On Wednesday, June 14, Corinne Olympios' rep released a statement about the Bachelor In Paradise allegations to Bustle:
“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.”
UPDATE #3: On the evening of Wednesday, June 14, Jackson released a statement about Olympios' allegations to E! News:
"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."
UPDATE #4: On June 20, an ABC spokesperson provided the following statement to Bustle:
“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.”
Warner Bros.' statement to Bustle read,
"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.”
EARLIER: Initially, Evan and Carly's wedding was intended to air as part of Season 4, which was slated to premiere on Aug. 8. E! News is now reporting that, while the cast of Bachelor in Paradise have all been sent home, members of the production crew have remained in Mexico in preparation for Evan and Carly's big day.
As the only couple from Season 3 that are still together, it's an important love story for committed viewers of the Bachelor and all of its iterations. Regardless of whether Season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise resumes filming or not, Evan and Carly's wedding day will be aired as a special episode for fans of the series. But don't think that this means that the horrifying allegations that have come out during Season 4 filming aren't being treated with all the seriousness that they deserve.
People reports that Season 4 filming ceased following an alleged sexual encounter between DeMario Jackson and an inebriated female contestant who allegedly wasn't capable of consenting. ABC and Warner Bros. are taking this alleged misconduct during Bachelor in Paradise seriously. In a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. said, "We have suspended production and we are conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations. Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action."
It's important that the team behind the show are taking the incident seriously and want to ensure the situation is handled correctly. But fans of Bachelor in Paradise Season 3 can rest assured that last season's greatest love story will still be televised. The wedding is sure to be a who's who of Bachelor alumni, including the likes of Wells Adams, Shawn Booth, Kaitlyn Bristowe, Luke Pell, Jade Tolbert, and Juelia Kinney. It's reassuring to know that Evan and Carly are still very much in love and intend to spend the rest of their lives together, and it will give fans something to hold onto amidst the ongoing investigation into Season 4.