The cast of the new season of ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise has been sent back to the U.S. amid an internal investigation into “allegations of misconduct” on the set of the reality series, which now faces the possibility of the entire season being scrapped.
Early into filming the upcoming cycle, which is slated to begin airing Aug. 8, the cast of young singles was told they were going home and production was suspended. The Bachelor summer spinoff is filmed at a resort in Sayulita, Mexico, and many of the castmembers were routed to the U.S. through Puerto Vallarta airport over the weekend.
Warner Bros., the production company behind the ABC hit, said Sunday in a statement. “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.”
According to sources, a producer who suspected misconduct on the set reported it to his or her supervisor at Warner Bros., which is what employees are told to do in such a situation. “The investigation is an internal one,” says the source, denying claims circulating online that a lawsuit was filed against the show’s producers.
Though a production source tells The Hollywood Reporter no official decision has yet been made on whether the season will be canceled, the chances of the show picking back up are looking slim. This is the first time production has been halted on a series under the ABC Bachelor franchise umbrella, aside from delays due to weather and location changes. When the cast was told to pack their bags, they were informed that they “might” return.
The incident, said to be a sexual encounter between two intoxicated castmembers (Bachelor blogger Reality Steve initially named the contestants but later deleted the tweets after media coverage indicated that a crime may have been committed), reportedly occurred during the first day of production, though a source says filming was not stopped immediately. But by Monday morning, many of the contestants had made their way back home. The crew is still on location.
We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico,” Warner Bros., the production company behind the ABC hit, said Sunday in a statement. “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.”
The cast began to comment on the investigation starting Monday afternoon, after being given their phones back (no social media devices are allowed during filming). Robby Hayes first took to Twitter to say, “What happens in paradise, stays in paradise. #NoComment.” Contestant Derek Peth appeared to be disturbed by the fan response to the unfolding situation, tweeting, “My heart has been breaking all day. I’m constantly blown away by how horrible most of you are.”
Raven Gates, a runner-up on Nick Viall’s recent season of The Bachelor, said she was “heartbroken,” something her Bachelor co-star and fellow BIP contestants echoed. “Seriously…crushed,” wrote Jasmine Goode. Danielle Lombard, who appeared on Bachelor, added, “Absolutely devastated.”
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