Finally, we’re getting some answers about what went down on Bachelor in Paradise.
Host Chris Harrison opened up to Entertainment Weekly about the controversy that’s surrounded the upcoming season of the show after production was shut down following an incident of alleged sexual misconduct involving Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson. An investigation revealed no wrongdoing and filming picked back up, but neither Olympios nor Jackson returned to the show.
Rumors have been flying about exactly what happened and whether ABC handled the situation appropriately. According to Harrison, fans are going to learn a lot more — if they tune in when BiP premieres on Aug. 14.
“To the best of my knowledge, you’re going to see more than enough to show you what was happening that led up to the shutdown, within certain taste and values of what we can show on network TV,” he said. “It’s going to be literally dealt with the moment we come on the air. We’ll start talking about it right away and start dealing with it. If you don’t, it’s the elephant in the room and then it will taint the entire season. So we want to show everybody and then get on with Paradise, because there are some wonderful things that are going to be happening.”
Harrison continued, “There’s been a lot written and assumed and said about what we’re going to do and what we’re not going to do. We had already shot for three days [before the shutdown] and a lot had actually happened — a lot of people had arrived, there had been dates, we’d gotten to the point where there was about to be our first rose ceremony — so we had a week’s worth of stuff [that] we didn’t want to just throw that away because that’s what impacted the show and it’s what led to the shutdown.”
He even walked us through exactly how the first episode is going to go.
“When we restart, it will be me back in Mexico walking you through what happened, and then we’re going to watch what happened. And then we’ll cut back to me and I’ll kind of shed some more light on things and then we’re going to go back and you’re going to see more of what happened, [and] not just the controversial. You’re going to see a lot of things, people falling in love, a lot of dates happening,” Harrison said. “I think people have this preconceived notion of what it was like and what was going on and really the only way to prove anything or show you anything is to all watch it and you can judge for yourself. So that will involve seeing Corinne and DeMario, and it will also involve Carly [Waddell] and Evan [Bass]’ wedding.”
We’re glad we’re going to get some answers, and we hope the resolution of this is as satisfying as Harrison is promising it will be.