Corinne Olympios will not return to “Bachelor In Paradise”.
According to a statement released by the former “The Bachelor” contestant, she herself has made the decision not to return to the show which recently resumed production in Mexico.
“While I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have been a participant on ‘The Bachelor’, and while I was invited to return to ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ when production resumed, I respectfully made the decision not to return,” her statement obtained by ET Canada reads.
In her statement, Olympios addresses the scandal and subsequent investigation into sexual misconduct involving herself and DeMario Jackson on the set.
“In light of the overwhelming amount of misinformation that has been spread in the media, I want to clarify a few things. My intent over the past few weeks has been to learn and understand what happened on June 4. While I never filed complaints or accusations against anyone associated with ‘Bachelor in Paradise’, my team and I felt it was very important to be thorough in getting to the bottom of what had occurred,” she says.
“I felt victimized by the fact that others were judging me through conflicting and unsubstantiated reports, while I myself had no recollection of the events that transpired,” she continues.
Olympios adds that her personal investigation into the incident has been satisfactorily completed, writing, “My team’s investigation into this matter has now been completed to my satisfaction.”
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Jackson would not return to the show. Producers of the ABC series have stated “Bachelor In Paradise” will address the allegations of misconduct and shutdown of the show in an episode later this summer. The series will air footage that was recorded before the production stoppage, though it is unclear whether the incident between Olympios and Jackson will be included.
The news comes on the heels of the decision to impose a two-drink per hour maximum for “Bachelor In Paradise” contestants, something Olympios applauds.
“I am also happy about the changes that have been made to the production of ‘Bachelor In Paradise’,” her statement reads, asking for privacy moving forward. “I understand the media’s interest in this story, and I greatly appreciate my fans’ concerns for my well-being, but I think it is best if I keep any further thoughts private for now.”
“Bachelor In Paradise” is scheduled to premiere the week following the finale of “The Bachelorette” with Rachel Lindsay.