After all of the Bachelor In Paradise drama and controversy in the last couple weeks over the Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson incident on, viewers have started asking questions, the biggest being: what actually are the rules in Paradise?
Turns out that CNN Money had the same question. Luckily for all of us, a verifiable source anonymously gave them a copy of the contract that contestants sign when they decide to go on the show.
Of course, we all knew the show was scandalous, but the actual rules are pretty wild.
From looking at the contract, CNN learned that the contestants are unable to hold the production staff responsible for anything. That includes injury, emotional trauma and even STDs (only a rule that this show would have to specifically outline in their contract).
The contract basically allows producers to do whatever they want to the contestants’ reputations, meaning that they can film you naked and air it if they want, and they can lie about anything having to do with you or something that you have done.
Sometimes in Paradise this can be funny. Remember when Clare Crawly went to seek advice from a racoon every couple of episodes? Well, she was actually talking to a producer and they allegedly just cut it with shots of some random racoon.
This can be used to add some comedy to the show but signing a contract like that can go downhill really fast. They have full legal ability to say that a certain contestant slept with someone they didn’t sleep with or vice versa. Airing your daily life on a TV show already has the potential to mess up someone’s reputation but these rules make it even more high stakes.
Back to Crawly, remember when she went to the ocean and had sex with Juan Pablo Galavis? Well, nothing happened that night but she had to let the producers say she did it for the sake of the show.
Where this can get especially dicey relates back to the incident with Olympios and Jackson. In the contract, it explicitly states that producers or the show are not responsible for “unwelcome/unlawful contact or interaction among participants.”
While it is the case that Warner Bros. found that Olympios was lucid in the tape, if that wasn’t the case there is still nothing that Olympios could have done to members of the production staff. By signing the contract for Bachelor in Paradise contestants are giving up any ability to seek justice in situations of sexual assault.
Maybe all those endless margaritas and unlimited opportunities for “finding love” aren’t worth it in the end? It doesn’t exactly sound like anyone’s definition of “paradise.”