Robby Hayes Reacts To The 'Bachelor In Paradise' Shutdown & He Really Shouldn't Have — UPDATE
If you are a dedicated member of Bachelor Nation, I'm sure you are following the situation that has unfolded with Bachelor in Paradise Season 4. The show shut down production and no one knows the specifics, but there were "allegations of misconduct," according to a statement Warner Bros. gave to The Hollywood Reporter. Now, Bachelorette runner-up and member of the BiP Season 4 cast Robby Hayes has reacted to the Bachelor in Paradise shutdown, and he really shouldn't have.
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.”
Update #5: On Tuesday, Corinne Olympios' lawyer Martin Singer released a statement to Bustle that read,
“It needs to be made crystal clear that production of 'Bachelor in Paradise' was shut down because of multiple complaints received from 'BIP' producers and crew members on the set. It was not shut down due to any complaint filed by Corinne against anyone. It comes as no surprise that Warner Bros., as a result of its own internal Investigation, would state that no wrong doing had occurred. Our own investigation will continue based on multiple new witnesses coming forward revealing what they saw and heard.”
Earlier: On some level I get why Robby wanted to say something, but what he tweeted just wasn't necessary. "What happens in paradise, stays in paradise.
#NoComment #BIP4," the reality star wrote.
This is definitely a situation where silence would have been better, especially since there is still so much missing information on this very sensitive topic. If you really have "no comment," then there's no need to tweet.
Reports are claiming that the situation involved a sexual encounter between two contestants. People reports that one contestant, DeMario Jackson, was involved in an alleged sexual situation with a female contestant in which she allegedly may not have been able to give consent. (Bustle has reached out to Jackson and ABC for comment, but did not receive a response at the time of publication. Warner Bros. sent along the original statement released to THR: “We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set of 'Bachelor in Paradise' in Mexico. 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 possible that Robby didn't know the extent of the allegations at the time of his tweet, but there were reports that made the situation sound serious even before People's report came out. "Allegations of misconduct" sounds serious enough on it's own.
As an admitted super fan and someone who writes about the franchise, I, too, want to find out what happened that ended production. I also can't help being curious about the cast reaction, but I just don't think that Robby's particular tweet was appropriate. It seemed to make light of the circumstances and that really doesn't seem right, especially at this point when the story is still unfolding.
Instead of saying "no comment," Robby should have just made no comment.