Shocking news regarding the Bachelor franchise broke on Sunday.Bachelor In Paradise has suspended filming indefinitely amid allegations of misconduct. Many of the details leading to the halt are still being reported, and it's also unclear if the Bachelor in Paradise will still premiere on August 8, or what the incident will mean for the future of the other series in the franchise, like The Bachelorette and The Bachelor. Bustle has reached out to ABC for comment on whether the other shows will be affected, but did not receive a response at the time of publication; Warner Bros. sent the same statement that can be read below.
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 #5: On Tuesday, Corinne Olympios' lawyer Martin Singer released a statement to Bustle that read,
Earlier: While Warner Bros. did not share specifics, the company released a statement on Sunday regarding production being halted. "We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico," Warner Bros. said in a statement released toThe Hollywood Reporter. "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.”
On Monday, People magazine reported that filming of the series was suspended after an alleged sexual encounter between DeMario Jackson and an unnamed female contestant, who allegedly may have been too drunk to give consent. Some reports have claimed the female contestant involved was Corinne Olympios. Bustle reached out to Jackson and Olympios for comment, but did not receive a response at the time of publication.
Filming of the show is suspended indefinitely, and cast members were reportedly flown back to the U.S. from Puerto Vallerta on Sunday. According to Entertainment Tonight, a source claimed that one of the producers was uncomfortable with the alleged incident and filed a report of misconduct in the workplace. A source claimed to ET of the alleged incident,
At this point, ABC nor Warner Bros. have commented on how or if this situation could affect the other series. For now, the investigation is underway, so fans will have to wait and see if an announcement is made at a later date.