The Bachelor in Paradise controversy, which resulted in Warner Bros halting production of the dating reality show due to alleged misconduct, has resulted in increased focus on what really goes on when a group of men and women are put together so that they could find love.
Questions on whether the show is scripted and if producers interfere with the storyline have been raised, and quite a number of former cast members have come forward to support the producers of the show.
Former Bachelor in Paradise contestant Ryan Beckett told People that he was encouraged to be more open, but that's all the producers did.
"I didn't get any encouragement to go sleep with a girl or to go hook up with a girl," he said. "But I definitely had encouragement in terms of moral support to boost my confidence."
"It might be surprising, but I really think that they try to keep it, relatively speaking, as genuine as possible," he added. "They may insert an idea in your head, but they want it to come from you more than anything. There's some leading the horse to water, but at the end of the day, it's always the cast that has to decide if they want to drink or hook up."
Bachelor in Paradise Season 2 contestant Tenley Molzahn noted: "All of us cast members have a choice as to how we want to behave — how far we'll go, how much we drink. We sign a lot of legal paperwork acknowledging that we know we have these choices."
Alcohol is freely available on set, but none of them is forced to drink.
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Season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise halted production after a producer complained about sexual encounter between contestants DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios, both of whom were reportedly heavily drunk. Corinne has since released a statement calling her a victim, and DeMario said the scandal has tarnished his image.
Corinne, in her statement, said she has very little memory of the night.
"As a woman, this is my worst nightmare and it has now become my reality," she said. "As I pursue the details and facts surrounding that night and the immediate days after, I have retained a group of professionals to ensure that what happened on June 4 comes to light and I can continue my life, including hiring an attorney to obtain justice and seeking therapy to begin dealing with the physical and emotional trauma stemming from that evening."
According to ET, DeMario has been fired from his job as an executive recruiter since news of the scandal broke on Sunday.