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As this season of The Bachelorette wraps up in dramatic fashion, Bachelor in Paradise is all set to kick off its fourth season on August 14. And after an incident this summer involving former cast members Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson temporarily shut down production and forced the show to clarify its hook-up guidelines, as well as a bizarre first trailer, BIP has something new to tease: dangerous, uh, crabs.

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Along with the extremely dramatic trailer, an executive producer on the show shared with Entertainment Weekly the news that both Olympios and Jackson had “emotional” on-camera interviews with host Chris Harrison. It was already confirmed that both former cast members would be attending the BIP reunion, but these new interviews will reportedly be spread out over the course of two episodes:

Executive producer Martin Hilton shared:

“We did not want to wait until the end of the season when we normally have the reunion show [to address the production-halting incident between the two]. Instead we are putting something smack in the middle that addresses this.

They each have their say. They were quite emotional in terms of how they felt, DeMario in particular. It was really heartbreaking to see what he had to say. I think it was unfair equally to both Demario and Corinne in terms of the way they were portrayed [in media reports]. He, as the perpetrator of sexual assault in an unproven, unsubstantiated way was really terrible.

But Corinne also being held up as ‘she brought it on herself, she deserved this, she tricked him’…. the slut-shaming that went on was not okay. If someone comes to her in Paradise and wants to be sexually open and intimate, that is their prerogative. It shouldn’t have any kind of backlash or any meaning, like she was entrapping someone, anything like that. That’s really not fair to her.”

As for the show’s decision not to air footage of the encounter that sparked the whole incident:

“The issue is more one of privacy between Corinne and DeMario. Because of privacy issues and what the media might make of it, it’s really not fair to even release anything about that particular moment. What happened leading up to it and seeing how they related, however, is going to be on TV.”

Read the rest of Hilton’s comments here.



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