Did “Bachelor in Paradise” go too far?
The “more raunch, less romance” spin-off of “The Bachelor,” is reportedly in danger of being canned over a steamy pool scene involving a Jewish contestant?
Unconfirmed rumors lay the blame at the feet of Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson, two former “villains” of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” respectively. The reality television stars were reportedly filmed “performing sex acts” in the pool while the cameras were rolling.
Olympios, who is Jewish, was one of the most long-lived villains in Bachelor history, making it to the top four of Nick Viall’s season using a combination of her sexuality and … well, no, she pretty much just used her sexuality.
Demario Jackson was booted from Rachel Lindsay’s season after just two weeks when an ex of his showed up to set to confront him.
I’ll leave out the unconfirmed graphic details but the romp was publicly intimate enough that a producer, uncomfortable with what they had witnessed, has filed a formal complaint with Warner Bros. The complaint was enough to send the contestants packing – at least for now.
Los Angeles Times reporter Amy Kaufman was among the first to report the (again, unconfirmed) details.
On the first day of production, Sunday, DeMario and Corinne got extremely drunk, per my source.— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) June 11, 2017
From this point forward, things turned into “soft core porn.” They did not have sex. But it was very raunchy.— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) June 11, 2017
According to my source, this producer went on to sue the production for misconduct over what she witnessed between DeMario and Corinne.— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) June 11, 2017
Reality Steve, a blogger known for tweeting out the winner of each season long before you’re emotionally prepared for it, retweeted a photo of the cast at the airport.
Here’s most of the cast at the airport an hour ago. Being told they’re being flown to Houston. Still don’t know what’s going on pic.twitter.com/eNgGp0tyZ1— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) June 11, 2017
For what it’s worth, they all look pretty thrilled to be alive.
Becky Scott is the editor of The Schmooze. Follow her on Twitter at @arr_scott