Bachelor nation host, Chris Harrison, has spoken out about how ABC will deal with the controversial footage of Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson while filming Bachelor in Paradise. Harrison revealed that since no misconduct was found, the footage leading up to the questionable moment is able to be aired.
“To the best of my knowledge, you’re going to see more than enough to show you what was happening that led up to the shutdown, within certain taste and values of what we can show on network TV,” Harrison said.
“It’s going to be literally dealt with the moment we come on the air. We’ll start talking about it right away and start dealing with it. If you don’t, it’s the elephant in the room and then it will taint the entire season,” Harrison shared. “So we want to show everybody and then get on with Paradise because there are some wonderful things that are going to be happening.”
“There’s been a lot written and assumed and said about what we’re going to do and what we’re not going to do. We had already shot for three days [before the shutdown] and a lot had actually happened — a lot of people had arrived, there had been dates, we’d gotten to the point where there was about to be our first rose ceremony — so we had a week’s worth of stuff [that] we didn’t want to just throw that away because that’s what impacted the show and it’s what led to the shutdown,” Harrison added.
Although Bachelor in Paradise won’t be airing the controversial moment, Harrison revealed that he will be giving viewers more details into the situation. “We thought you needed to see that. So you’re going to see a lot of it, including Corinne and DeMario on the show,” Harrison shared.
He concluded by adding, “I think people have this preconceived notion of what it was like and what was going on and really the only way to prove anything or show you anything is to all watch it and you can judge for yourself. So that will involve seeing Corinne and DeMario and it will also involve Carly [Waddell] and Evan [Bass]’ wedding.”
Bachelor in Paradise will premiere on ABC on August 14 at 8 pm.