There’s been a surprising development in the Bachelor in Paradise scandal. After season four suddenly stopped filming and the contestants were sent home amid allegations of misconduct, both Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson (who were named in multiple reports as the two individuals involved) addressed the situation in separate statements. It seemed like it would take some time to figure out what had happened and how the show should handle it. However, Warner Bros. has just announced that BiP will resume filming soon.
“As we previously stated, we recently became aware of allegations regarding an incident on the set of ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ in Mexico,” Warner Bros. said in a statement, according to Variety. “We take all such allegations seriously. The safety, security and well-being of the cast and crew is our number one concern, and we suspended filming so that the allegations could be investigated immediately and thoroughly. Our internal investigation, conducted with the assistance of an outside law firm, has now been completed.”
“Out of respect for the privacy interests of those involved, we do not intend to release the videotape of the incident,” the statement continued. “We can say, however, that the tape does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member. Nor does the tape show, contrary to many press reports, that the safety of any cast member was ever in jeopardy.”
The statement also noted that the show will be implementing changes to their policies and procedures to “enhance and further ensure the safety and security of all participants.” This is good news, for both fans of the show and contestants alike.
However, we have to wonder how things will shift as production resumes. Will all of the contestants return when filming begins? Will the situation be addressed in future episodes? There are certainly some serious matters that still need to be considered carefully as the show continues.
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(h/t Variety; photos via Frazer Harrison/Getty, ABC)