‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Host Chris Harrison Speaks About Sexual Misconduct Incident & Future Of The Show
Bachelor in Paradise host Chris Harrison is speaking out about the controversy after this season’s show was called to an end.
CHRIS HARRISON SPEAKS OUT ABOUT BACHELOR IN PARADISE SUSPENSION
The show suspended filming in Mexico following alleged sexual misconduct between DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios. Investigations are underway, but for the time being, Harrison tells fans to be patient. “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,” Harrison said in a statement. “I know in this day and age we want — and even expect — immediate answers, but in this case, it’s just not possible, so again, I urge you to please be patient and respect the privacy of the parties involved.”
The host explained that he was worried about the amount of misinformation spreading in gossip. What is known is that two contestants were drunkenly committing sexual acts in the pool at their secluded resort, and that the producers were disturbed by what they saw, and filed a formal complaint. The show, which mixes contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, was slated to begin Aug. 8, but now its future is uncertain.
Warner Bros. confirmed that filming has been halted due to “allegations of misconduct on set,” and that they “will take appropriate responsive action” once everything is settled.
Harrison made it clear that “the safety and care of the cast and crew of our show is of the utmost importance to us. It is with this thought in mind that we made the decision to suspend filming,” he said. “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. 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.”