Bachelor in Paradise is in serious jeopardy of not airing Season 4. The news broke over the weekend that ABC’s Bachelor spin-off had halted filming and sent all of the contestants home over sexual misconduct allegations. Now fans are freaking out that the popular summer series won’t be airing at all this year.
According to Entertainment Weekly, while Bachelor in Paradise is in jeopardy of being canceled altogether, the network has yet to make that decision. ABC Entertainment Group President Channing Dungey recently revealed that everyone is waiting for the investigation to be done before making anything final.
“Warner Horizon produces the show so we have to wait for them to conclude their investigation before any next steps.”
Bachelor in Paradise only filmed for one week before production was shut down over sexual misconduct allegations. The site claims that DeMario Jackson, whom fans recently watched get the boot from Rachel Lindsay’s season of The Bachelorette, and a female contestant rumored to be Nick Viall’s ex, Corinne Olympios, were involved in a sexual encounter that may be deemed inappropriate.
'Bachelor in Paradise' Cast Sent Home Amid Probe as ABC Mulls Cancellation pic.twitter.com/aJcgHvzXcr— Morris Griffin (@morrisgriffin_) June 12, 2017
TMZ reports that DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios were both very intoxicated when they began to engage in sexual contact. Their hook-up reportedly moved to the swimming pool, where things got even more heated. A producer, who was reportedly assigned to shadow Corinne during her time on Bachelor in Paradise, began hearing stories that Olympios was so drunk that she had no idea what was going on in the pool with Jackson.
“The show absolutely values the primacy of consent, and this instance it appears as though conduct allegedly occurred without the proper consent having been given,” a source told People Magazine.
While the network is claiming that no decision has been made about Bachelor in Paradise Season 4, Reality Steve, a well-known reality TV blogger, claimed on Twitter that he can 100 percent confirm that season has been canceled.
“For the record, one thing I can report to be 100% true: This season of Bachelor in Paradise isn’t happening. It’s been cancelled.”
Steve later revealed that the future of BIP was “up in the air.” He wondered if the series should take a year-long break and return next summer or reboot the series altogether for a new show next year.
“As for the future of the show, up in the air. Does it take a 1 yr hiatus & come back next summer? Do they do a diff show next summer? Idk”
If Bachelor in Paradise is canceled this year or for good, ABC will have a big hole in their summer schedule. The series was scheduled to hit the airwaves on August 8, just after Rachel Lindsay ended her stint at The Bachelorette. Now everything seems to be up in the air, and many questions are being asked.
In addition, fans are said to be furious over Paradise’s possible cancellation and are blaming everyone from DeMario, Corinne, ABC producers and staff, and other contestants for the messy situation going on.
Meanwhile, some Bachelor Nation fans are beginning to talk about the incident. Eric Bigger, who appeared on Rachel Lindsay’s season of The Bachelorette, says he believes that DeMario and Corinne just let things get out of hand.
Meanwhile, Robby Hayes, who was apart of the Bachelor in Paradise cast, tweeted, “What happens in paradise, stays in paradise,” adding the hashtag #nocomment.
What are your thoughts on all of the drama surrounding Bachelor in Paradise Season 4? Do you think the show will be permanently canceled by ABC after these shocking sexual misconduct allegations have gone public?
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