Hear ye, hear ye. Our prayers have been answered. Bachelor in Paradise is coming back. No, this is not a drill. Yes, I will give you a minute to collect yourself.
K, we good? Great. Last week, an allegation of misconduct on the beach in Mexico halted filming and sent everybody packing. We all know the drill. Since that happened, DeMario’s name got dragged through the mud, Corinne said she is a victim (presumably of sexual assault), and everybody who’s anybody released a statement. All signs pointed to Bachelor in Paradise never coming back. We all mourned the loss of our favorite summertime guilty pleasure. UNTIL TODAY.
Warner Bros. conducted an investigation and confirmed to E! News that they cleared the show and its producers of wrongdoing. They said in a statement to E! News:
“As we previously stated, we recently became aware of allegations regarding an incident on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico. We take all such allegations seriously. The safety, security and well-being of the cast and crew is our number one concern, and we suspended filming so that the allegations could be investigated immediately and thoroughly. Our internal investigation, conducted with the assistance of an outside law firm, has now been completed. Out of respect for the privacy interests of those involved, we do not intend to release the videotape of the incident. We can say, however, that the tape does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member. Nor does the tape show, contrary to many press reports, that the safety of any cast member was ever in jeopardy.”
Warner Bros. added that filming for Bachelor in Paradise will resume and the producers will implement “certain changes to the show’s policies and procedures” to make everything safer for the cast and crew. They didn’t specify what those changes would be, but honestly whatever. What’s important is Bachelor in Paradise is coming back and now I’ll have something to do with my summer evenings. Oh, and that nobody was hurt. That too, I guess.
It’s unclear if everyone from the original cast (*cough* DeMario and Corinne) will be invited back, but I hope that if they do, DeMario greets Corinne with a wholehearted “Ooooh, who’s this?”