Chris Harrison speaks out about the Bachelor in Paradise Scandal

Chris Harrison speaks out about the Bachelor in Paradise Scandal

With rumors and speculation flying about the scandal that rocked filming of Bachelor in Paradise, host Chris Harrison wanted to set the record straight.

Chris Harrison released a statement addressing the show’s production and the recent scandal.

“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,” the statement begins.

“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,” the statement continues. “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,” Harrison’s statement reads.

“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.”

Sources confirmed the production was suspended after a producer witnessed an inappropriate encounter between contestants DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios.

Both contestants were drinking heavily before the alleged incident, though neither has spoken publicly about the matter.

Warner Bros. released a statement Sunday confirming that allegations of misconduct were made and production is suspended while they investigate. PEOPLE reports that no authorities are involved, but Bachelor in Paradise “will not be resuming” this summer.

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