“Bachelor in Paradise” season four has resumed filming in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, but with not without a few changes.
There is now a two-drink maximum per hour rule for contestants, TMZ reports. Both the crew and bartenders are also reportedly monitoring drinking levels among the cast, and food will be available at all times to keep the cast from getting too drunk.
Warner Bros. — the production company behind Bachelor in Paradise — promised there would be changes after a hook up in the pool between contestants Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson led to a shutdown in production. Production resumed after an internal investigation concluded no misconduct occurred.
Earlier this month, former “Bachelor in Paradise” contestant Chad Johnson talked to ET about the open bar on set, after his own experience being extremely drunk and eventually getting kicked off the show.
“For me, personally, I had drank a whole bottle of wine and six or seven shots before we started filming, but I asked for it,” Johnson said. “I didn’t mean to do that much, but I did it. They didn’t tell me to do it. It’s like going to an open bar — nobody’s going to tell you at an open bar, stop drinking. They’re gonna let you drink.”
Johnson said he was never encouraged to drink more.
“I think it’s the contestants’ responsibility,” he later noted about who he feels should be responsible for the cast’s drinking on the show. “You know, we’re grown people.”
Meanwhile, 30-year-old Jackson and 24-year-old Olympios have not returned to “Bachelor in Paradise”. Olympios’ lawyer, Marty Singer, said last week that they’re continuing on with their own separate investigation into the incident.
Jackson recently sat down for his first interview since Warner Bros. concluded their investigation, and shed tears when talking about the emotional toll the scandal has had on him and his family.
“It was stressful. For me, mostly for my mother,” Jackson told E! News. “It’s hard to see your mom cry every single day. It was very difficult.”