Long-time Bachelor franchise host Chris Harrison has decided to speak out to address some of the rumours concerning the recent Bachelor in Paradise scandal while filming season four in Mexico.
The details of the incident involve an alleged act of sexual misconduct between contestants Corrine Olympios and DeMario Jackson.
In a statement made to Us Weekly on June 13, Harrison confirmed, “By now no doubt you have heard that we have suspended production on this season’s Bachelor in Paradise. I can confirm to you that this is sadly the case. Out of respect to all involved, there’s only so much I can and will say at this time. Normally with a situation like this I would not say anything until the incident is fully resolved, but with all the rumors and misinformation being put out there I don’t find that to be possible anymore.”
Harrison continued by stating, “Let me start by saying the safety and care of the cast and crew of our show is of the utmost importance to us. It is with this thought in mind that we made the decision to suspend filming.An investigation into the situation was started immediately. Warner Bros. is handling the details of that investigation. 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.”
He addressed the various rumours being released and urges everyone to be patient while the situation is thoroughly investigated before definite conclusions are to be made. “I know in this day and age we want and even expect immediate answers but in this case it’s just not possible. So again I urge you to please be patient and respect the privacy of the parties involved. I will keep you as informed and up to date as I possibly can. We’re sorry for any inconvenience and disappointment this may have caused the cast, the crew and our loyal fans. It is my sincere hope that we can come to a quick resolution on this and get back to work very soon.”