Corinne Olympios is reportedly at the center of a scandal that resulted in the shutdown of production of ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise. An insider close to the cast told Entertainment Tonight that an alleged drunken interaction between Olympios and castmate DeMario Jackson is at the center of a scandal that shut down this summer’s edition of the ABC dating show. Now, fans of the franchise are upset that the show will likely not return this summer. BIP was originally slated to premiere in August.
The source told ET that the 16 Bachelor in Paradise castmates, all alums of ABC’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, arrived at a resort in Sayulita, Mexico, to film the planned fourth season of the show and, as in past seasons, were drinking and trying to make connections with fellow cast members.
Corinne, who made headlines for her behavior on Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor, reportedly approached DeMario in the pool, “hopped on his lap,” and began making out with him.
“Cameras are rolling,” the source told ET. “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 source added that the “third party” who made the complaint was a producer on the show, but that BIP producers actually encouraged Jackson and Olympios to get together.
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According to TMZ, Corinne and DeMario were getting along fine after the raunchy interaction but were later told one of the show producers had seen the film and was “uncomfortable” with what was shot. The producer filed a formal complaint with Warner Bros. and production was immediately suspended and a full investigation launched. DeMario and Corrine were immediately sent home from the show and two days later Warner Bros. released the entire cast. BIP executive producer Mike Fleiss and show host Chris Harrison have not yet commented on the Corinne Olympios scandal.
While Olympios and Jackson still appear to be on good terms—the ET source says, “DeMario was trying to reach Corinne via email, Instagram, and Facebook for a few days. Finally, [he] got a hold of her, they exchanged numbers and they’ve been talking. They are both speaking and on good terms”—fans of the franchise are furious.
Corinne Olympios is being blamed for ruining the show, which has become a summertime guilty pleasure for Bachelor franchise diehards.
— Hillary DeLeon (@hillarycait) June 12, 2017
— alannah perry (@alannahleigh) June 12, 2017
@CorinneOly Trashy woman Your father would be so proud ???????????? Go back to working for fam & get a REAL life
— Mimi Lee (@Mimi577588) June 12, 2017
@CorinneOly Did you seriously bring down BiP?
— cyatlmatt (@cyatlmatt) June 12, 2017
— danadavis (@fjordluv) June 12, 2017
But other fans cautioned Corinne haters not to rush to judgment. Caila Quinn, who competed on Ben Higgins’ season of the franchise, hinted that there might be more to the story. Quinn revealed she is praying for all those hurt by the shocking situation.
According to E! News, Corinne Olympios was initially nervous to appear on Bachelor in Paradise because she didn’t want to face any “girl drama.” Corinne was also said to be headed to Paradise to have fun, not look for love.
“She’s not interested in dating anyone in Paradise,” the insider told E! of Corinne’s intentions. “She’s going along for the ride. To have fun and support her girls. She’s going to be the best wing woman. But, you never know what will happen.”
Turns out, Corinne Olympios met her match with fellow franchise “villain” DeMario Jackson, but their raunchy make-out session was too much for ABC—or at least for one ABC producer.
Corinne Olympios, who launched a clothing line on the heels of her Bachelor fame, recently made a cameo on Rachel Lindsay’s season of The Bachelorette. Olympios also previously said America wants to see more of her and her family on TV. Now, Corinne’s reality TV career may be over for good.
UPDATE: Per TMZ, Sources close to Corinne Olympios says she was in a blackout state when she was in the pool with DeMario Jackson and did not consent to their physical interaction. Olympios reportedly blames Bachelor in Paradise producers for not protecting her and has hired legal counsel.
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