Bachelor in Paradise not in jeopardy for now, despite investigation
An investigation into an incident involving a male and female contestant has not jeopardized the future of Bachelor in Paradise on ABC — for now.
Though production on the summer show was recently suspended and the cast was sent home from its Mexico location, ABC Entertainment Group President Channing Dungey told EW exclusively that “Warner Horizon produces the show so we have to wait for them to conclude their investigation before any next steps.”
EW has confirmed that the incident involved DeMario Jackson and another prominent female contestant occurred during the first week of production. (EW is not naming the woman involved because she could be the victim of alleged sexual misconduct). Sources told PEOPLE that Jackson and the woman had been drinking heavily and that an alleged sexual encounter happened without intervention by the crew.
“The show absolutely values the primacy of consent, and this instance it appears as though conduct allegedly occurred without the proper consent having been given,” a source within the show told PEOPLE.
After suspending the show, Warner Horizon released this statement: “We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico. We have suspended production and we are conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations. Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action.”
The summer edition of the Bachelor franchise has a long history with ABC. Before Bachelor in Paradise, there was Bachelor Pad, which launched in August of 2010 from a tropical locale and featured contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette competing in an elimination-style format. Hosted by Chris Harrison, the show never made it to a fourth season amid rumors that it wasn’t a favorite of then-Disney-ABC TV Group President Anne Sweeney, who left in early 2014. Later that fall, Bachelor in Paradise was launched and Harrison — along with the familiar format and exotic destination — returned with it.
The fourth season of show is scheduled to return Aug. 8.
This post has been updated.
Bachelor in Paradise
Chris Harrison goes international with a cast of former bachelors and bachelorettes looking for love… and a chance to extend their reality fame.