It was a scandal-filled 10 days, but members of Bachelor nation are expressing relief that the investigation into an incident on Bachelor in Paradise appears to be behind them — for now — and they are able to resume production on the summer show.
Host Chris Harrison thanked fans for their “patience, trust and loyalty” while executive producer Mike Fleiss promised to “see you at the beach” in a series of tweets that went out after Warner Bros. announced its findings in its investigation of an alleged incident of sexual misconduct between two cast members, DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios. “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,” the studio’s statement reads in part.
Warners then promised that production will resume on the fourth season, though no premiere date has been set.
Some of the reality stars confirmed via social media that they were returning to Mexico, where production on the fourth season was already underway earlier this month when production was immediately suspended after allegations of misconduct and the players were sent home so Warners could conduct an investigation.
Both Jackson and Olympios hired legal counsel after production halted, and neither is expected to return to the series. After Warner completed its investigation, Olympios’ attorney Marty Singer said his firm will continue its own investigation. “It needs to be made crystal clear that production of Bachelor in Paradise was shut down because of multiple complaints received from BIP producers and crew members on the set,” Singer stated. “It was not shut down due to any complaint filed by Corinne against anyone. It comes as no surprise that Warner Bros., as a result of its own internal investigation, would state that no wrongdoing had occurred. Our own investigation will continue based on multiple new witnesses coming forward revealing what they saw and heard.”
Jackson has yet to speak out since the studio announced its findings.