Changes are afoot for Bachelor in Paradise, host Chris Harrison says. Filming for the ABC show was delayed while the network conducted an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations between contestants Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson.
While the investigation was later dropped by both the network and Olympios, who had hired a lawyer, the impact on the show has been permanent.
- Rules on-set have been changed, with contestants forced to drink less (they are limited to two drinks per hour) and ask for permission from producers if they want to have sex.
- Harrison acknowledges that the audience is going to tune in to see what changed have been made. “I think publicly everyone is going to want us to come out and say, ‘We’ve changed everything!’ and that it will be earth-shattering,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter.
- “Yes, we’ve made some changes but if you talk to the cast, they’ve always been the most important thing to us - taking care of them and their safety,” he said of the behind-the-scenes tweaks. “And as far as alcohol goes, that’s never been a big thing for us. That’s a big misconception of the show - that we push it, and that we need it and we want it. But that really doesn’t help us. Someone being sloppy drunk and being out of it does not give us good television.”
- Footage of Olympios and Jackson’s encounter - which was filmed - will not air, Harrison says.
- He told ET Online that although Olympios and Jackson declined invitations to come back as contestants on the show, and although footage of their night together won't air, he does plan to interview them for ABC.
- “We’re going to sit down with [Demario]. I don’t think it’ll be just part of the reunion show,” Harrison told ET. “I’m going to sit down with DeMario and Corinne as part of a sit-down talk with the two of them.”
- Both have already said that they will appear on the reunion special, though it is unclear if they will share the stage.
- “Honestly, after tonight I don’t know how that dialogue’s going to [go],” he continued. Harrison says he was “surprised” by Jackson’s “bad choices” during the Men Tell All taping of the show. “I thought I had an idea before tonight, but I also thought we’d have a better moment than we had tonight. So, I don’t know. Now I’m not really sure how it’s going to be. We’ll see.”