Will The 'Bachelor In Paradise' Suspension Affect 'The Bachelorette' & The Rest Of The Franchise?
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 #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: 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 to The 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,
"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."
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.