Chris Harrison Speaks Out About ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Alleged Misconduct: ‘Be Patient’

Chris Harrison is speaking out after production of Bachelor in Paradise season 4 was suspended amid an investigation into an alleged incident of sexual misconduct.

“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,” the Bachelor franchise host, 45, said in a statement to Us Weekly on Tuesday, June 13. “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 rumors and misinformation being put out there I don’t find that to be possible anymore.”

“Let me start by saying the safety and care of the cast and crew of our show is of the utmost importance to us. It is with this thought in mind that we made the decision to suspend filming,” Harrison continued. “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.”

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Host Chris Harrison on 'Bachelor in Paradise' Bob D'Amico/ABC

“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 TV personality added in his statement. “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. 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.”

Production on the ABC summer reality series was abruptly suspended last week after just a few days of filming in wake of an alleged incident between contestants DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios. “The cast is basically in the dark about what happened and they are not being told anything,” a source exclusively told Us. “They were all excited for this season and to get to know each other.”

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