Bachelor in Paradise is back in production, after a strong statement from the show’s producers.
Following their internal investigation of an incident between cast members Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson that shut down production of the ABC reality show, production company Warner Bros. TV has concluded that “the tape does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member” and says Season 4 will resume filming.
Here’s the full statement from Warner Bros. TV:
“As we previously stated, we recently became aware of allegations regarding an incident on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico. 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. 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. Production on this season of Bachelor in Paradise will be resuming, and we plan to implement certain changes to the show’s policies and procedures to enhance and further ensure the safety and security of all participants.”
ABC released a statement as well, confirming that Paradise will return to the network this summer: “We appreciate the swift and complete investigation by Warner Bros. into allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise. Given their results, the series will resume production, and will air this summer on ABC.”
The Bachelor spinoff shut down production earlier this month, after an alleged drunken hookup between Olympios and Jackson led to ugly consequences. Olympios went public, claiming to be “a victim,” while Jackson defended himself, saying his “character has been assassinated.” No word yet on whether either of them will be back when Paradise resumes filming Season 4.