Chris Harrison confirmed that the filming of “Bachelor in Paradise” has been suspended over reports of “allegations of misconduct” on the set of the show in Mexico.
“By now, no doubt, you have heard that we have suspended production on this season’s ‘Bachelor in Paradise’,” the 45-year-old host of the ABC series told the Hollywood Reporter in a statement Tuesday.
“I can confirm to you that this is sadly the case,” he added. “Out of respect to all involved, there’s only so much I can and will say at this time. Normally with a situation like this I would not say anything until the incident is fully resolved, but with all the rumors and misinformation being put out there, I don’t find that to be possible anymore.”
“Let me start by saying the safety and care of the cast and crew of our show is of the utmost importance to us,” he continued. “It is with this thought in mind that we made the decision to suspend filming. An investigation into the situation was started immediately. Warner Bros. is handling the details of that investigation. They’re moving quickly to gather all the facts, and once that’s done a clear concise decision can be made about where we go from here.”
“There are a lot of competing details in the various press accounts of the incident,” Harrison’s statement read. “And there’s a lot of misinformation out there too. We urge everyone to be patient until the investigation is complete.”
“I know in this day and age we want and even expect immediate answers but in this case it’s just not possible,” he added. “So again I urge you to please be patient and respect the privacy of the parties involved. I will keep you as informed and up to date as I possibly can. We’re sorry for any inconvenience and disappointment this may have caused the cast, the crew and our loyal fans. It is my sincere hope that we can come to a quick resolution on this and get back to work very soon.”
On Sunday, Warner Bros announced that production was stopped over “allegations of misconduct” on the set of the show. The incident reportedly revolves around a sexual encounter between two intoxicated fellow cast members.
TMZ has reported that sources told them that cast member Corinne Olympios was so wasted hours after she and cast member DeMario Jackson had sex that she was stumbling around the resort and could hardly stand. Olympios has said that she was so intoxicated she could not have given consent and puts the blame on producers for not stopping things.
Sources who have seen the footage told TMZ that Olympios appeared to be lucid the entire time. All of the cast members have been sent home. No charges have been filed and the two have reportedly not spoken publicly.