|Bachelor is Paradise is said to begin airing in August of this year. (ABC)|
TVWe’ve come a long way from The Dating Game. After weeks of news about Warner Bros. halting the production of the TV reality series, Bachelor in Paradise, due to allegations of misconduct between one "Bachelor" and a "Bachelorette," a spokesperson for ABC has released this statement today:
“We appreciate the swift and complete investigation by Warner Bros. into allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise. Given their results, the series will resume production, and will air this summer on ABC.”
This news contradicts another statement given to People magazine on June 11 that said that season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise would not continue on. “There are no authorities involved, no law enforcement but the incident was flagged internally and they take these matter seriously, so they’re looking into it,” said the source. “But Bachelor in Paradise will not be resuming — this summer at least.” So apparently, everything has been worked out.
All the various shows in The Bachelor franchise have been controversial over the years, but production has never been suspended before. Some speculate that contestants are encouraged to drink heavily while on the show to help lower their inhibitions. It is a surprise that it took this long before things went out of control.
Still, romance apparently does happen on these shows. Just two days ago MSN reported that two contestants who met while filming season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise, Carly Waddell and Evan Bass, just tied the knot in Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. The Bachelor’s host, Chris Harrison, acted as the officiant and the guest list included many other Bachelor contestants. Publicity stunt? Maybe.
It was just a few years ago that The Bachelor made controversial headlines for going the opposite direction when Christian contestant Sean Lowe appeared on The Bachelorette and then later on The Bachelor who vowed to abstain from sex while appearing on both shows. He met and fell in love with Catherine Guidici. The two were married in 2014 and Lowe wrote about his experience in his book, For the Right Reasons.