Bachelor in Paradise host Chris Harrison released a statement, via People, responding to news that the show suspended production and sent its cast home, and is now being investigated by production company Warner Bros. over the possibility that the show possibly filmed sexual assault involving two contestants.
While details of what exactly happened are not yet known, ABC’s official line is that they’re waiting for the investigation to complete: ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey said Monday that “Warner Horizon produces the show so we have to wait for them to conclude their investigation before any next steps.”
However, it seems clear that a season will not air this summer. Bachelor spoiler Steve Carbone tweeted “This season of Bachelor in Paradise isn’t happening. It’s been cancelled.”
That seems plausible for many reasons, including that the entire cast has flown home; the show’s production is being investigated by its parent company; and there’s already a tight turnaround time for the show, which was scheduled to debut Aug. 8.
Chris Harrison’s Bachelor in Paradise statement
In his first public comments about the “misconduct” that suspended Bachelor in Paradise production, Chris Harrison refers to “rumors and misinformation,” and “competing details in the various press accounts.”
However, he also chose to clear up absolutely nothing, and instead just cast doubt on information that has been published. That’s clever in that it has the side effect of giving people who want to believe something else permission to ignore facts that are being reported.
He also defends his fellow crew members by insisting that “the safety and care of the cast and crew of our show is of the utmost importance to us,” even though reports indicate that production was suspended because “the safety and care” of one or more cast members was ignored by one or more crew members.
Here’s Chris Harrison’s full statement:
“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.”