Bachelor fans may not be getting their annual dose of fun in the sun post-Rachel Lindsay's Bachelorette season. News broke on June 11 that production on this season of Bachelor In Paradise has been suspended. The Hollywood Reporter quoted a statement from Warner Bros. announcing that the company would be investigating "allegations of misconduct" on the Mexico set. Is Bachelor In Paradise canceled for this year? There's no official word yet from either Warner Bros. or ABC on the fate of Season 4. Bustle has reached out to ABC for comment.
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:
UPDATE #3: On the evening of Wednesday, June 14, Jackson released a statement about Olympios' allegations to E! News:
UPDATE #4: On June 20, an ABC spokesperson provided the following statement to Bustle:
UPDATE #5: After the results of the investigation were announced, Corinne's lawyer Martin Singer released this statement to Bustle: (Bustle reached out to Warner Brothers about this new statement but has not yet received a reply.)
EARLIER: Warner Bros. does not go into specifics in the statement, keeping mum on exactly what they mean by "misconduct." It may seem like Bachelor In Paradise is a relatively lawless endeavor, but of course, it's a professional TV production and there are tons of rules and guidelines in place to keep people safe. It's not clear yet which of those rules were allegedly broken, but the severity of the reaction indicates something fairly big.
The Warner Bros. statement reads:
For now, it seems that Bachelor In Paradise Season 4 is in limbo until the powers-that-be conclude their investigation and determine whether or not filming can go forward. If it does, it's reasonable to assume that the original Aug. 8 premiere date will be pushed forward. And "appropriate responsive action" is a vague term, which leaves the door open to all possible determinations, including possibly canceling the season.
Bachelor In Paradise Season 4 is up in the air for now, and we'll just have to wait and see what happens.