Bachelor In Paradise is the head of a new scandal after allegations of “misconduct” were reported. The show had shut down production just a few days after beginning filming, its future is yet to be cleared.
In case you missed it, Bachelor In Paradise shut down production on Sunday and it’s been suspended “indefinitely.” The cast was spotted at the airport on Sunday flying out of Puerto Vallarta, near the filming location.
The news broke on Sunday when Warner Bros issued a statement saying, “We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set of ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ in Mexico.” The network then announced the suspension of production and the conduction of an investigation. It also announced that it’ll take action once the investigation is complete.
Details on the incident that prompted the shutdown have not been forthcoming from Warner Bros. For now, no charges have been filed, and no party has spoken out publicly about what happened.However, multiple media reports have alleged an improper sexual encounter between two contestants that prompted a complaint by a producer on the show.
A sexual encounter is being investigated by the production and the authorities
On Monday, two sources confirmed the reason behind the suspension of the show. Apparently, it was a producer’s concern about an alleged sexual encounter between contestant DeMario Jackson, and a female cast mate. Reportedly, both of them had been drinking heavily all day.
Host Chris Harrison released a statement on Tuesday via Good Morning America.
“The safety and care of the cast and crew of our show are of the utmost importance to us. It is with this thought in mind that we made the decision to suspend filming,” Harrison said. The host added that it’s a pretty delicate situation and that there are many rumors and misinformation going on.
He also talked about the investigation, he added Warner Bros. is “handling all the details of that investigation. They’re moving quickly to gather all the facts. Once that’s done a clear concise decision can be made about where we go from here.”
The Bachelor franchise its known for its scandals
Despite the delicate situation that’s going on, the Bachelor Nation has been previously shaken with a few memorable moments.
There was Rozlyn Papa’s relationship. Despite she showed up for “Bachelor” Jake Pavelka but fell for a producer. Papa was kicked off the 2010 season.
Then, there was the crumbling of the romantic illusion of the Bachelor franchise. When Bachelorette Andi Dorfman (2014) pulled the plug on her relationship with fiancé Josh Murray after nine months post-production. There was reportedly emotional abuse in the relationship. Murray denied the claims on the 2016 season of “Bachelor in Paradise.”
Chris Soules arrestment. Chris, a contestant on Jojo Fletcher’s season (2016) didn’t cause trouble in front of the cameras. Although he didn’t make it to the final two, the lovable farmer remained of public interest long enough for his fatal hit-and-run in Iowa to make headlines.
There were some serious cases of spreading the beans and spoiling the finale. Some, like Kaitlyn Bristowe and Vanessa Grimaldi, found keeping a secret was a little too hard and spoiled the finale for fans. Bristowe shared a photo of herself cuddling up to one of the final suitors on Snapchat before the finale aired. An also-deleted photo of Grimaldi at a wedding gown store was shared on Instagram before Nick Viall proposed. Naturally, fans were furious.
And more recently, Lee Garrett tweets. Garrett, a current contestant on “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay’s season. Faced backlash last month after offensive tweets bashing feminism, Islam, the LGBT community, Black Lives Matter and more were found on his Twitter account. It’s unclear if Lindsay, who is the network’s first black “Bachelorette,” will address the issue on-camera.
However, Bachelor in Paradise seems to be one of the most serious scandals.
So much for BIP fourth season.
ABC first premiered Bachelor in Paradise in 2014. Every summer since, the network has shipped in Bachelor and Bachelorette alums to a beachside house in Mexico. The initial cast starts with an uneven number of men and women, and at the end of the week, they pair up during a rose ceremony, which determines who from the outnumbered group will be going home.
Each week, the show brings in more contestants, which flips the rotation.
Fan-favorites like Corinne Olympios from Nick Viall‘s season, Amanda Stanton from Ben Higgins‘ season and Robby Hayes from JoJo Fletcher‘s season were set to return to the show this year. This season also marked the return of Raven Gates, Alexis Waters and Amanda Stanton,
The show had only been filming for a few days and was set to premiere on August 8, before the scandal took place and being suspended “indefinitely.”
No official work on the future of what would be the fourth season of “Bachelor in Paradise” is expected until after the Warner Bros. investigation is completed. Stay tuned.
Source: E! News.