May 13, 2021

Chris Harrison Speaks Out Amid ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Investigation

As reports about the “allegations of misconduct” that halted production of “Bachelor in Paradise” Season 4 slowly come to light, the show’s host Chris Harrison is attempting to set the record straight.

In a lengthy statement obtained by People, Harrison explained that there are “rumors and misinformation” out there regarding the alleged incident that reportedly happened between two contestants and that the truth will come out following Warner Bros.’ investigation. The longtime ABC host wants viewers to be patient and hopes all can “respect the privacy of the parties involved.”

The full statement reads:

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.

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.

There are a lot of competing details in the various press accounts of the incident. And there’s a lot of misinformation out there too. We urge everyone to be patient until the investigation is complete.

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.

News of the incident hit Sunday after Warner Bros. announced that ABC was suspending production on the new season due to “misconduct” on set. The cast, which includes Raven Gates, Robby Hayes and Amanda Stanton, was sent back to the U.S. from Mexico.

“We have suspended production and we are conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations,” Warner Bros. said in a statement. “Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action.”

Following the reveal, reports started emerging detailing an alleged sexual encounter that happened between contestants DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios in a swimming pool. Although neither has spoken out, sources close to each have shared information. But as Harrison said, right now, we don’t know the facts.

Bachelor in Paradise” brings together former “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” contestants in Mexico and gives them another shot at finding love on television. Season 4 was set to premiere Aug. 8.

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