A lot has been said about the so-called BIP “misconduct” scandal, a series of alleged events that led to production on the show’s current season getting shut down. And with Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson having become household names — even to non-viewers — in the aftermath of those events, Bachelor in Paradise host Chris Harrison has sought to clear the air, issuing a statement that suggests work will hopefully resume once investigations are completed. He also warns viewers of incorrect reports that may have recently circulated in the press.
A report from People quoted in full a prepared statement from longtime Bachelor franchise host Harrison, where he discussed the BIP misconduct scandal at length. According to the statement obtained by People, Harrison started by confirming that Bachelor in Paradise is indeed on hold for the current season. He added that while he’s not the type to comment on any controversial situation until it is resolved, he felt the urge to clear the air due to the spate of “rumors and misinformation” about the alleged case involving cast members Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson.
As TMZ reported on Monday, a field producer filed a complaint alleging that Olympios was too intoxicated on the first day of Bachelor in Paradise’s filming to consent to Jackson’s sexual advances. This led to reports of the show’s production getting shut down, as well as varying stories about what had actually happened. According to TMZ, Jackson claims Olympios made the first move, adding that the events which allegedly took place at the swimming pool were consensual.
Chris Harrison continued his statement by saying that it was the “safety and care” of BIP’s cast and crew following the supposed misconduct that led to the decision to suspend further shooting. He noted that Warner Bros. is now investigating the case and working overtime to gather all the pertinent details.
“Warner Bros. is handling the details of that investigation,” said Harrison.
“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.”
More interestingly, Harrison cautioned that the he-said/she-said nature of the Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson situation has resulted in conflicting and possibly incorrect reports.
“There are a lot of competing details in the various press accounts of the incident. And there’s a lot of misinformation out there too. We urge everyone to be patient until the investigation is complete.”
Concluding his statement, Harrison suggested that he hopes a “quick resolution” is met and that fans remain patient as the investigation continues. He mentioned wanting to “get back to work” as soon as things are resolved, but as the Inquisitr reported earlier today, there are rumors that the BIP misconduct brouhaha may result in the show getting shut down for good.
Prior to news of the BIP “misconduct” case breaking out, Bachelor in Paradise’s fourth season was scheduled to premiere on ABC on August 8. As of Sunday, the show’s cast was spotted flying out of Puerto Vallarta after being sent home due to the abrupt production shutdown. Neither Corinne Olympios nor DeMario Jackson has issued official statements on the misconduct allegations.
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