After filming of Bachelor in Paradise was abruptly suspended on Sunday, host Chris Harrison is finally speaking out about what happened. According to Chris, there’s simply too many “rumors and misinformation being put there,” forcing him to address the scandal. As OK! readers know, ABC pulled the plug on the show following “allegations of misconduct.” One source told ET that a producer filed a complaint after a drunken pool sesh between DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios went too far. But according to Chris, there’s more to the story than what’s been alleged.
“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,” Chris’ statement began.
“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,” Chris continued.
“Warner Bros. is handling the details of that investigation,” Chris revealed. “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,” Chris said.
“I know in this day and age we want — and even expect — immediate answers, but in this case, it’s just not possible,” Chris admitted. “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.”
Chris finished his statement by apologizing to fans: “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.”
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