You’ve probably heard by now, to some extent, about the scandal surrounding Bachelor in Paradise.
It was recently discovered that a consensual sexual incident went down and production has officially shut down.
Although no contestants have come forward with any kind of official statement (which is probably for the best), host Chris Harrison is now speaking up.
He made his official statement to EW. The full message reads,
“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.”
Chris’ statement is an important reminder: respect and safety are top priority right now.
It’s fun to speculate Bachelor/Bachelorette drama, but this time it’s different. It is a matter of safety, and gossip does not feel appropriate.
Now is not the time for rumors and theories, and most importantly not the time for victim blaming. Although it is never the time for that.
None of us were there, and the investigation is ongoing. We shouldn’t be speculating wildly about what happened, out of respect for the victim.
Until we have more details and statements from those involved, we have to be patient.