Production of the fourth season of Bachelor in Paradise has stopped due to allegations of misconduct, and if what anonymous sources say is true, said misconduct involves a producer witnessing a raunchy hookup—one described as “soft-core porn”—between contestants DeMario Jackson (recently seen on Rachel’s season of The Bachelorette) and Corinne Olympios (recently seen on Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor).
According to E! News, the ABC reality television show was shooting in Mexico when they were instructed to halt operations. An investigation is now underway, and production company Warner Bros. has released the following statement:
“We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico. We have suspended production, and we are conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations. Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action.”
On Twitter, Reality Steve has been tracking the situation and believes the show has been fully canceled, with all contestants sent home.
And Los Angeles Times reporter Amy Kaufman (who is currently writing a book about the franchise) has received news from a source also affirming that the show has been canceled—and that, moreover, Jackson and Olympios are the contestants at the center of the scandal. Footage of an interlude between the two was reportedly captured, and now a lawsuit from a producer who was present for it appears to be in the mix.
Kaufman notes that the producer filed a “third party complaint.”
Originally, the new season was scheduled to premiere on Tuesday, August 8. However, a source reported to E! News that filming has stopped “indefinitely” and, if reports are true, may not resume.