“Bachelor in Paradise” suspended indefinitely for sexual misconduct

Official details not released, but sources say issue of consent sunk show

Bachelor in Paradise, the loose spinoff of the popular dating competition The Bachelor, has gotten its fourth season placed on hold after the production company became aware of “allegations of misconduct” on the show’s Mexico set. “We are conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations. Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action,” said a statement by Warner Bros. It is unclear for how long production will be suspended, although there are some internal whispers that this may mark the end of the Bachelor in Paradise spinoff, at least for an extended period of time.

According to People magazine, it seems that the misconduct was a drunken sexual encounter between two cast members that went south. “The show absolutely values the primacy of consent, and this instance it appears as though conduct allegedly occurred without the proper consent having been given… Most of all, everyone wants to ensure the safety and well-being, both mentally and physically, of all parties involved,” a source within the show told the magazine. Identities of the contestants at the center have not been revealed officially, but Reality Steve, a popular Bachelor reporter on Twitter, pointed to DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios.

The cast of Bachelor in Paradise was last seen at the airport in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where the filming was taking place. The picture, taken on Sunday, would not have you believe something was wrong, as there were smiles all around. The cast included Bachelor favorites such as Olympios, Amanda Stanton and Robby Hayes. The cast usually consists of former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants that did well on camera. This sort of all-star show, which began in 2014, then throws together men and women from both shows onto a beachside setting in Mexico in the hopes that at least one pair will find love. While this is supposed to breed sexual attention, consent is reportedly heavily preached within the franchise, making this misconduct a serious breach.

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