It appears it's not all sunshine and beach parties in paradise. Production of Season 4 of Bachelor In Paradise has been suspended pending investigations of workplace misconduct on set. Host Chris Harrison's comment on the Bachelor in Paradise incident is still yet to come, but hopefully it will provide more insight on the contributing factors that led to the allegations, as well as the fate of the show's fourth season.
Update: People has obtained Chris Harrison's statement regarding the incident on Bachelor in Paradise. It reads:
Earlier: According to Entertainment Tonight, DeMario Jackson, a previous contestant on the current season of The Bachelorette, was allegedly approached by Corinne Olympios, a competitor in the most recent season of The Bachelor. The two allegedly began to engage in some sort of sexual encounter until someone close to the situation made a complaint.
A source told Entertainment Tonight that things escalated quickly from "drinking all day, having a good time… the guys and girls were bopping around, talking to everyone, trying to make connections," to allegations of misconduct:
The unnamed third party was later revealed to be a producer on the show. This producer also claimed that other producers were encouraging Jackson and Olympios to get together until the situation got out of hand.
The cast and crew were later sent home and there is still no word as to how the claims of misconduct will impact future filming or premiere dates. Warner Bros. issued statement, making its awareness of the allegations known:
Jezebel reported that alcohol was allegedly a contributing factor in the alleged misconduct. Both Jackson and Olympios were allegedly under the influence of alcohol when engaging in sexual acts, prompting the producer to file a complaint.
Although he hasn't gone on the record yet regarding this incident, host Chris Harrison has not shied away from making comments about issues surrounding The Bachelor franchise in the past. After the recent split of Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell, a Bachelor fan-favorite couple, Harrison discussed the breakup on Mario Lopez's radio show:
It is clear that the outcomes of these shows are close to Harrison's heart. He has shown that he is invested in the happiness and wellbeing of the contestants. Bachelor fans are waiting for Harrison to comment on the most recent issue and hopefully the wait won't be too long.