There are a lot of single “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” contestants who are left looking for love and still want to be on TV.
So ABC decided to take some of those rejected contestants and fly them to a remote tropical resort in Mexico, and let the drama unfold on “Bachelor in Paradise.”
Season four of “Bachelor in Paradise” premieres Monday night, despite fears that the show would be cancelled.
Season four’s production had been halted temporarily following allegations of “misconduct” on the set involving two controversial contestants, that many speculated could result in the end of this ratings juggernaut.
A producer on the show allegedly filed a “third-party complaint” tied to “misconduct” involving contestants Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson. The incident was reportedly related to a drunken hook-up caught on camera.
After an investigation into the incident, ABC said no “misconduct” had occurred on the show and filming resumed. Corinne and DeMario are both expected to attend the “Bachelor in Paradise” reunion.
So what’s the recipe for ABC’s hit drama? A lot of booze, attractive people, bikinis, crying, and constant plot twists.
Here’s everything you need to know about the scandalous reality show before the premiere:
Chris Harrison, who hosts 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette,' is also the host of 'Bachelor in Paradise.'
At the beginning of the season, a dozen single people arrive at a resort in Mexico. There are twice as many single women as there are men.
Immediately, couples begin to form. The guys mostly get snatched up, but a bunch of the women are left loveless.
Every week, contestants who don't find love in Mexico get sent home, and they are replaced with new single men and women. None of the cast members know who is about to show up next.
Often the people who arrive are ones the producers know contestants will be attracted to. Before filming begins, ABC makes all the contestants fill out a dream list of single 'Bachelor' and 'Bachelorette' rejectees they would like to meet in paradise. One by one, those wish-list people show up.
So if one person who is coupled up isn't very satisfied with his or her current mate and a dream match shows up, the person will often jump ship, and all hell breaks loose.
But ABC insists love really can be found in crazy paradise. The second season opened with a marriage: Two contestants from the first season of 'Bachelor in Paradise,' Marcus and Lacy, got married on the beach in front of all the season-two contestants.
This is Ashley I., a 'Bachelor in Paradise' fan favourite. She will be in season four and has been on the show since season two. And since season two, she's been in love with fellow contestant Jared, though he's totally friend-zoned her.
Ashley I. cries a lot. Like, all the time actually. She's also very outspoken about the fact that she's a virgin.
For season four, fan favourite Jorge, the show's resident bartender, is being replaced with Adam Wells. Wells was on 'Bachelor in Paradise' last season, and prior to that was a contestant on JoJo Fletcher's season of 'The Bachelorette.'
The second season ended with a match made in paradise: Jade and Tanner. Their wedding was broadcast on ABC, with a lot of former contestants in attendance. They remain married to this day.
The third season, which aired summer 2016, ended in three engagements. Only one of those couples remains engaged.
Carly and Evan are the only couple from season three still standing. The pair tied the knot this past June in Mexico. Amanda Staton and Josh Murray ended their engagement earlier this year after a rocky relationship. Other contestants in paradise including bachelor Nick Viall tried to convince Amanda that Josh was trouble throughout the entire season.
Lace Morris and Grant Kemp, who got matching tattoos on camera before getting engaged in the season three finale, recently broke up their engagement as well.
The fourth season of 'Bachelor In Paradise' began filming in early June 2017, but production was immediately halted following allegations of 'misconduct' involving contestants Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson.
Fans were excited that Olympios, a perceived villain on Nick Viall's season of 'The Bachelor' earlier this year, would be in paradise. The fourth season of the show was set to premiere in August.
A producer allegedly filed a 'third-party complaint' after an incident involving Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson.
According to The Los Angeles Times' Amy Kaufman, a source said that a producer has sued the production over alleged misconduct tied to an incident she witnessed between DeMario and Corrine. The two contestants were allegedly very drunk and hooked up on camera. The next day, the producer didn't show up to work.
After Warner Bros. led an investigation into the incident and said that no 'misconduct' occurred, filming resumed. DeMario and Corrine sought legal counsel, both claiming to be victims of this incident. Neither contestant has pressed charges, and they appear to have put the incident to rest.
DeMario and Corrine won't be returning to film the remainder of 'Bachelor in Paradise,' but they will both be back for the 'Bachelor in Paradise' reunion.
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