Something happened on the set of "Bachelor in Paradise" involving Corinne Olympios of "The Bachelor" and DeMario Jackson of "The Bachelorette," and that something has led to the show being suspended for now, and potentially canceled entirely.
Season 4 of the Bachelor Nation spinoff is still scheduled to premiere August 8 on ABC, as of this moment, but the 2017 cast members have been sent home from the Puerto Vallarta, Mexico filming location while producers and the network investigate what happened.
Here's the statement the show issued over the weekend:
"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."
E! News was the first to report the news that production had been suspended "indefinitely." Another source told them that the situation was quite serious and that the production isn't just suspended, that it's totally done for this season and possibly forever.
However, Entertainment Weekly was told by a network source that the show has not been canceled. They are just going with "suspended" at the moment, while acknowledging that all of the cast members were sent home.
On Twitter, Amy Kaufman of the L.A. Times has been tweeting about what she was told by a source in regard to why the show has been canceled:
I just spoke to a source who says he knows why "Bachelor in Paradise" was just cancelled. Here we go:— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) June 11, 2017
On the first day of production, Sunday, DeMario and Corinne got extremely drunk, per my source.— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) June 11, 2017
Corinne came up to DeMario at the bar and kissed him. They proceeded to the pool, where they got naked.— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) June 11, 2017
From this point forward, things turned into "soft core porn." They did not have sex. But it was very raunchy.— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) June 11, 2017
The following day, Monday, a producer who witnessed this hook-up did not show up to work.— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) June 11, 2017
According to my source, this producer went on to sue the production for misconduct over what she witnessed between DeMario and Corinne.— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) June 11, 2017
DeMario and Corinne were both shown footage of their hookup during their interviews in the days following their rendezvous.— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) June 11, 2017
I will report more as I have it.— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) June 11, 2017
My source was told a producer filed a "third party complaint," to clarify my above comment.— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) June 11, 2017
Spoiler king Reality Steve tweeted what he had heard, then just sent people to Amy Kaufman's timeline for more details.
(MAJOR SPOILER): From I've been told, the show has been cancelled. They're done. Everyone's being sent home. (1/3)— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) June 11, 2017
(MAJOR SPOILER): DeMario & Corinne are the contestants in question. Details are still sketchy, but this is not a good situation (2/3)— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) June 11, 2017
(MAJOR SPOILER): I'm not at liberty to throw accusations out. But yeah, drinking, sex, cameras, etc. You get the picture. (3/3)— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) June 11, 2017
I know you're immediately thinking the worst. I honestly don't think it's that. At least not what I heard.— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) June 11, 2017
From what I was told, no one involved was hurt. Production had to stop, the show is basically cancelled & there's an investigation going on.— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) June 11, 2017
Don't know all the details. Hopefully for all parties involved it gets resolved. But certainly doesn't look like BIP is happening.— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) June 11, 2017
Read @AmyKinLA twitter timeline for an update on things.— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) June 11, 2017
TMZ has a report from people who spoke with DeMario, sharing his side of what happened. It apparently started with the producers telling Corinne and DeMario that one of the "storylines" this season would involve the two "villain" characters hooking up. (So anyone who still doesn't understand that, yes, the producers pre-script hookup storylines, here's your proof.)
Here's what happened next, per DeMario to sources to TMZ:
"We're told the 2 met at the bar and the alcohol was flowing. DeMario says Corinne jumped in his lap and started making out with him. We're told there was lots of 'intense rubbing.'
DeMario says Corinne then suggested they retreat to the pool, with the cameras rolling. They took off their clothes, started making out and 'rubbing, touching and fingering.' He says she put her genitals in his face and he began licking, but we're told this allegation is a big point of contention and others disagree with his account. He says he was not able to engage in intercourse because of the alcohol.
DeMario says the next day everything was fine and he and Corrine were actually getting along well, but on Tuesday they were called in by the Executive Producer and told one of the show producers had seen the film and was 'uncomfortable' with what was shot.
The producer has filed a formal complaint with Warner Bros. Warner brass immediately suspended production, launched an investigation and released DeMario and Corrine. Two days later Warner Bros. released the entire cast while they investigated alleged 'misconduct.'"
It's not like "Bachelor in Paradise" is a stranger to drunken hookups -- that's kind of the basis of the show. But apparently something went too far. Stay tuned for details on the show behind the show.
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