Chris Harrison has responded to the emerging scandal surrounding “Bachelor in Paradise”, which had its production halted on Sunday due to “allegations of misconduct.”
Harrison, the host of the show, has now released a statement on the issue.
“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,” Harrison says in the statement. “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 rumours and misinformation being put out there, I don’t find that to be possible anymore.”
Harrison then asserts how seriously the situation is being taken.
“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 says. “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,” the statement continues.
“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.”
The statement ends by saying, “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.”
After news broke of the show’s halted production on Sunday, Warner Bros. released a statement saying, “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.”
Responding to ET Canada, Warner Bros. says there is no criminal investigation into the “Bachelor in Paradise” incident.
Several of the show’s fan-favourite cast members were spotted on Sunday flying out of the airport in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, near the show’s filming location.