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Chris Harrison Says There Was No 'Victim' in the 'Bachelor in Paradise' Scandal

Chris Harrison is opening up about the Bachelor in Paradise scandal now that the show’s season has begun.

During the show’s premiere, the reality show host chatted with the BiP cast, who came to DeMario Jackson‘s defense after Corinne Olympios claimed to be a victim of assault.

“I think people have to be very careful in using the word ‘victim’ because there was not a victim. There was not an assault. There was not a crime. There was not anything other than what turned out to be just an unfortunate event that they got caught up in,” Chris told People.

He added, “I think they were quick to defend DeMario because they knew Corinne wasn’t a victim. They knew she wasn’t hurt and injured in any of this. The person that was really being attacked was more of DeMario. I guess, maybe it came off as victim blaming, but that’s probably why they felt a little sensitive for DeMario.”

“I think they felt that he was being unjustly accused of something. I think they felt that they needed to come to his defense more than they needed to come to Corinne’s defense. It’s not like they blamed Corinne or shamed her. I guess it could’ve been misconstrued in that way. But when I was sitting there in person, that’s how I took it. I didn’t take it as they were bashing Corinne at all. And they defended her,” Chris concluded.

'Bachelor in Paradise' to Air Live Season Finale This Year!

Bachelor in Paradise will be making history this season… for the first time the show will air a live finale that is not only a reunion special.

Chris Harrison, the longtime Bachelor Nation host, is dishing on what we can expect in the finale.

“It’s going to be a lot of finding out what’s been happening because things have been continuing back in the real world since the show wrapped up in Mexico,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s going to be interesting and I think a lot more fun for all of us. It’s going to have a live studio audience.”

“The live [finale] at the end will be more like After the Final Rose where we’re live, the show is wrapping up, and there will be people involved that were on the show because we have to find out where everybody is. I don’t think you can put those into usual Bachelor boxes because they’re going to be so different,” Chris concluded.

Chris will also be welcoming back Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson to the during the season to talk about what happened at the beginning of filming, but that won’t be filmed with 30 people on set like the Women or Men Tell All specials. “I think people are misunderstanding how that’s going to go. Those are going to be a lot more in-depth and a lot more intimate and a lot more personal and one-on-one than your ‘tell all special,’” he said.

Chris Harrison on 'Bachelor in Paradise' After Scandal: 'You're Not Going to Notice Major Changes'

Not much is going to be different on Bachelor in Paradise after the major scandal where Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson‘s hookup led to a sexual assault investigation and a production shut down.

“When this plays out and you see it all happening, you’ll understand what I’m saying,” host Chris Harrison told THR of the show, which will debut on August 14. “I think publicly everyone is going to want us to come out and say, ‘We’ve changed everything!’ and that it will be earth-shattering. We’ve really learned from our mistakes, but there really weren’t any major mistakes made.”

“Yes, we’ve made some changes, but if you talk to the cast, they’ve always been the most important thing to us — taking care of them and their safety,” Chris continued. “And as far as alcohol goes, that’s never been a big thing for us. That’s a big misconception of the show — that we push it, and that we need it and we want it. But that really doesn’t help us. Someone being sloppy drunk and being out of it does not give us good television… On the contrary, we want people to be of their right mind and give us a better story to show. So while we’re going to talk about rules and talk about certain things and have a dialogue, you’re not going to notice major changes.”

Chris Harrison Returns to 'Paradise' to Resume Production

Chris Harrison is back in Mexico to continue hosting Bachelor in Paradise.

The 45-year-old TV personality took to his Instagram Story to share a behind-the-scenes photo of the crew on set.

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“Almost paradise” he captioned the pic, which you can see in the gallery below.

Production resumed after Warner Bros. found no evidence of misconduct between contestants DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios, despite two producers filing complaints.

Chris had previously released a statement about the incident.

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Chris Harrison Releases Statement on 'Bachelor in Paradise' Production Shut Down

Longtime host of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette Chris Harrison has released a statement on the Bachelor in Paradise allegations of misconduct that spread this week.

“By now, no doubt, you have heard that we have suspended production on this season’s Bachelor in Paradise. I can confirm to you that this is sadly the case. 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,” the 45-year-old TV personality told EW.

“Let me start by saying 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. 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,” he continued.

“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,” Chris added.

“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,” Chris concluded.

Chris Harrison Teases Spoilers for 'The Bachelor' Season Finale!

While talking about possible outcomes for Nick Viall‘s season of The Bachelor, host Chris Harrison teased how the suitor “might be the first bachelor in the history of this entire franchise to be left at the end.”

Chris gave an interview that aired on Good Morning America on Monday (March 13) and dished on what might happen on tonight’s episode.

“And believe me when I tell you, he knows that,” Chris added.

Nick has been rejected on The Bachelorette twice after making it to the final two on both seasons he appeared on and he also did not find love on Bachelor in Paradise. This is his fourth shot at love on the franchise and everyone is wondering if he’ll be successful!

We’ve gathered five possible ways that the should could end. Check it out now!

Chris Harrison Compares Being on 'The Bachelor' to Rehab

Chris Harrison is making an appearance on today’s new episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about the current season of The Bachelor!

Ellen asked why Nick Viall, who has appeared on the franchise three times in the past, seems to be holding back so far this season. Chris said Nick has put up his defense mechanisms so far and that he had to have a “come to Jesus” moment with the star and tell him to put himself out there more.

“It’s a bizarre analogy, but it’s a little bit like going to rehab,” Chris said. “Nobody comes out of this on the other side unchanged. Everybody. Man, woman, whose been the bachelor or the bachelorette definitely goes though this change in their life. You get stripped down emotionally. I know this sounds really silly because it’s entertainment and we all laugh and we watch this show, but truly, when you go through this as Nick is doing, he will do what he has always done. But that doesn’t work. Obviously it hasn’t worked, he’s been on the show four times.”

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