Chris Harrison, the host of ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise. released a statement Tuesday (June 13) following news of the suspension of production on the reality series due to allegations of misconduct on set in Mexico.
Harrison noted in his statement that he would normally not comment on the situation until the investigation is completed but, with rumors and misinformation swirling in the media, he was prompted to respond.
“Let me start by saying the safety and care of the cast and crew of our show is of the utmost importance to us,” Harrison said, adding, “It is my sincere hope that we can come to a quick resolution on this and get back to work very soon.”
An investigation into the allegations has been initiated by Warner Bros., one of the show’s producers. Harrison said once the studio has gathered all the facts about the incident, only then can a decision be made on the fate of the show.
“There are a lot of competing details in the various press accounts of the incident,” he said. “And there’s a lot of misinformation out there too. We urge everyone to be patient until the investigation is complete.”
Harrison ended the note by apologizing to any disappointed cast, crew and fans
Harrison’s statement comes a day after Warner Bros. released its own statement about the alleged misconduct.
“We are conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations. Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action,” said the studio, in a statement issued June 11.
Bachelor in Paradise is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television, a division of Warner Bros. Television Group. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, Nicole Woods and Elan Gale are executive producers.
It’s unclear whether the suspension will affect the season 4 air date, scheduled for Aug. 8 on ABC.
Bachelor in Paradise follows 16 contestants from both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette over six weeks as they explore new relationships while living together under one roof in Mexico. Viewers get the chance to watch contestants get a second chance to fall in love or go through another heartbreak.
Read Chris Harrison’s full statement below:
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.