Why Did 'Bachelor In Paradise' Stop Filming? "Allegations Of Misconduct" Halted Production
On Sunday night, Bachelor in Paradise fans got a big shock when, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Brothers released a statement that production of Bachelor In Paradise has been suspended due to "allegations of misconduct." It's unknown at this time what those allegations are, and ABC has not yet returned Bustle's request for comment. Amid this report, Bachelor Nation fans are wondering why Bachelor in Paradise filming stopped, and rumors are flying wild.
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.”
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.)
“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: It's important, though, not to speculate wildly about what happened without information. At this time, all we have to go on is the comment Warner Bros. provided to THR, which reads in full: "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.”
I'm sure once the investigation concludes, viewers will be provided with more information. But, that hasn't stopped people from speculating about what may have happened. Notorious Bachelor spoiler Reality Steve commented on the news saying that he also does not have a complete understanding of what happened but claims that it's "a real sh*tty situation to be honest" and alleged that two of the involved members may allegedly be Corinne and DeMario. (ABC has not yet returned Bustle's request for comment.)
Los Angeles Times reporter Amy Kaufman also tweeted than a "source" alleged that Corinne and DeMario were involved.
Filming had only recently begun on the summer show, which announced its cast list last week. With not much time spent filming before this incident, it's unclear if or when the show will return to production. At this point, it appears as if filming has been completely shut down and all cast members flown back from the set.
Corinne also posted a photo just three days ago, which is unusual for contestants appearing on the show as they are sequestered from the Internet while filming, indicating that filming stopped a little while ago or that she was sent home early from the show.
Bustle will update this post with more information as it comes in, but as it stands now, things are very uncertain in terms of why filming stopped and if it will resume. Hopefully everyone involved is OK.