ABC’s Bachelor In Paradise was set to air August 8, but that all changed on Sunday when production was stopped due to a misconduct on the set.
Chris Harrison has spoken up due to all of the misinformation being spread about the fourth season of The Bachelor spin-off.
Harrison spoke to People exclusively. “Let me start by saying the safety and care of the cast and crew of our show is of the utmost importance to us,” he said. “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.”
The incident is rumoured to involve a sexual encounter between two intoxicated cast members. The case is currently under investigation by Warner Bros and is anticipated to take weeks or even months to fully resolve. It has not been confirmed whether or not this season will resume production or be cut entirely.
“I know in this day and age we want — and even expect — immediate answers, but in this case, it’s just not possible,” Harrison continued. “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.”
A contestant anonymously told People that the cast was placed on lockdown and instructed to not speak with each other before being sent home from Mexico, where the show was being filmed.
Cast members and fans alike have taken to Twitter to share their disappointment. Contestant Raven Gates tweeted that she was heartbroken.
Fans are taking to Twitter as well:
I'm really sad bachelor in paradise is being cancelled that was my favorite bachelor show :((
— jordan ︽✵︽ (@jordan_oxsheer) June 13, 2017
Only time will tell if season four will resume filming. Harrison encourages patience while the investigation continues.