Will 'Bachelor In Paradise' Season 4 Happen? The Future Of Production Is Uncertain
On Sunday, The Hollywood Reporter shared a statement from Warner Bros. that production on Bachelor In Paradise Season 4 has been suspended amid some "allegations of misconduct." Since this shocking news arrived less than a week after the cast for the show was announced, fans are understandably concerned about whether Bachelor In Paradise Season 4 will resume production. An official statement on the future of Bachelor In Paradise hasn't been released yet, but there are some details that may complicate the continuation of the season. It also seems reasonable to assume that the Aug. 8 premiere date will, at the very least, be delayed. Bustle has reached out to ABC for comment, but has yet to receive a response.
Update #1: 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: The statement released regarding the suspension of Bachelor In Paradise's production was respectfully vague, while still suggesting that whatever "misconduct" took place is a serious one. It reads:
"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.”
However, since then, new allegations have been reported regarding the circumstances of the alleged misconduct in question.
According to Entertainment Tonight, an unnamed source "close to the Bachelor In Paradise cast" has alleged that Demario Jackson, a previous contestant on The Bachelorette, and Corrine Olympios, from the most recent season of The Bachelor, could be the two Bachelor In Paradise contestants in the middle of the controversy. The source also claims that the "allegation of misconduct" may have reportedly been raised by a producer on the show:
"DeMario was in the pool. Next thing you know, Corinne comes over and hops on his lap. They start talking and joking. Everyone is just going about their business. Cameras are rolling. Producers are everywhere. That's when a 'third party' felt uncomfortable, claiming misconduct in the workplace. As of right now, production of Paradise is suspended indefinitely. And they are sending everyone home and telling everyone else to stay home. DeMario and Corinne got sent home soon after."
The Entertainment Tonight article also reported that Jackson and Olympios are still "both speaking and on good terms." However, this version of events has yet to be officially confirmed by ABC or Warner Bros.
If true, though, this claim suggests that the season may only be suspended, not cancelled indefinitely. However, if posts on social media are to be believed, then it looks like we might have a bit of a wait on our hands at the very least. On Instagram, one Bachelor fan posted a fun looking picture of herself with some Bachelor In Paradise cast members at the airport in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico on Sunday morning and the cast was definitely on their way out of Paradise.
According to a tweet by the blogger, Reality Steve, they've allegedly been relocated from this destination to Houston, though it's certainly unclear as to what that may imply for the season. While the details remain unconfirmed, fans can only hope that it doesn't mean the official termination of Season 4. But we'll just have to wait to see.
Editor's Note: This article has been updated from its original version.