The father of Bachelor Nation has finally spoken.
In a statement to Good Morning America on Tuesday, Chris Harrison broke his silence after allegations of sexual misconduct abruptly ended filming for season four of Bachelor In Paradise last week.
To catch you up, the incident involved contestant DeMario Jackson reportedly being filmed in a sexual encounter with Corinne Olympios, who may have been too drunk to give consent. To make matters worse, it’s said production did nothing to stop it.
In response to the internal investigation, the longtime TV host told ABC:
"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. 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."
He went on to address the "misinformation" circling in the media:
"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. 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."
Harrison concluded by asking for "privacy of the parties involved" due to the sensitive nature of the scandal:
"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."
Ch-ch-check out the full GMA segment (below)!
WATCH: "Bachelor in Paradise" production halted; allegations of sexual misconduct end filming: https://t.co/nOTyPXXSid pic.twitter.com/RSyXgTPMk2
— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 13, 2017
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