When Corinne Olympios appeared on a Bachelor in Paradise reunion show Tuesday night in her best attempt at an Ariana Grande hair tutorial, she issued an apology to DeMario Jackson (via rose wrangler Chris Harrison) for all the drama that went down during the first weekend of filming. She also claimed she didn’t really remember the incident, because she had drank too much booze while taking medication. It wrapped everything up into a tidy little reality TV package, and closed the door on that chapter.
Maybe there were a couple viewers who wondered if Corinne’s apology was orchestrated by Warner Bros. head honchos, standing behind the camera, mouthing the words “Don’t forget the part about the pills!” while making invisible pill bottle-shaking hand motions. Well no, Corinne and DeMario are absolutely, for-real all good now. TMZ caught up with Corinne and DeMario outside of a club last night in Los Angeles, and they made it very clear there’s no bad blood. No literally, Corinne says it twice.
TMZ seems to think this is all a little too good to be true. I can see how they might be suspicious. Personally, the only way I’m allowing a jump-hug like that is if I’m getting paid to do it (you gotta get that money in case you throw your damn back out!). But then again, DeMario does make a joke about how his “PR is going to hate this in the morning.” Oh DeMario, surely you’re not that naive. This is exactly the sort of thing a publicist likes to wake up to. Did you get attention? Check! The only thing they’d hate is if it happened and no cameras were around. DeMario, you’re going to be fine.
As expected, Corinne “Cheese Pasta” Olympios returned to Bachelor in Paradise, but not to the tropical paradise where it all went wrong, messy, and dramatic. She came back to sit and chat with host Chris Harrison on a Bachelor in Paradise reunion show last night, and yeah, you know what she was there to talk about.
Bachelor In Paradise is that overly served, boozed up trashy cousin from Tallahassee compared to the class act mess from Orlando that is The Bachelor/ette empire. But this year, it took a turn for the yikes when news surfaced former Bachelor contestant Corinne Olympios alleged that there was sexual assault by Bachelorette contestant DeMario Jackson. All they do on those sets is ply everyone with booze, so they go from being a bunch of boring hot people to human trains hurtling to the end of the rails while humping all over each other.
When we last left the Bachelor in Paradise saga, Warner Bros. released a statement claiming they didn’t believe a sexual assault happened between two contestants (Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson) and that filming would resume. New rules were put in place for filming, like a two-drink per hour maximum, and producer permission had to be granted before contestants went to the boom boom room. Most of the Season 4 cast was returning, except for DeMario. It wasn’t really known if Corinne would be back or not. Well, Corinne will be back, but only for one episode.
Ah, humping on the beach; the third season of Bachelor in Paradise t’was a much simpler time. But after all the heavy accusations that happened recently, the fourth season isn’t nearly as loose as its predecessors. Bachelor in Paradise has resumed filming, and with it comes a lot more rules.
Contestants now have a two drinks-per-hour maximum to prevent them from getting too wasted on set. There’s also a strict rule when it comes to sex. Sources tell TMZ that if any contestant wants to get it on with another one, whether on the beach, in the pool, or in the most romantic spot in television “The Boom Boom Room,” they must first get clearance from a producer. If a producer thinks that either party is incapable of giving proper consent, they can deny the request. If a contestant tries to pull one over on producers and sneak off to The Boom Boom Room, producers can put a stop to it. TMZ posted pics of Bachelor in Paradise filming in Mexico, and they show producers and crew working very closely. So the chance of sneaking off to the Boom Boom Room may be slim.
I doubt getting producer permission will be all that awkward. My only hope for all involved is that producers have streamlined the process for horny convenience. Imagine if Warner Bros. not only makes the couples clear it with a producer first, but then requires the producer to take them to another room, where everyone is forced to sit through a 40-minute educational pre-sex safety video first? It’s called paradise, not hell.
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Warner Bros. said in a statement last week they don’t believe a sexual assault happened between two contestants (DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios) during filming of the fourth season of Bachelor in Paradise. They also said that when filming starts again, certain “policy changes” would be put in place to protect the cast from another bad situation. After being put on hold for a few weeks, filming has resumed (without DeMario). One of the policy changes that was put in place is how much the cast is allowed to drink. Unless they’re chugging a non-alcoholic liquid like maple syrup, like Daniel from season three up there, they’re not chugging anything at all.
Production sources tell TMZ that a two-drink per hour limit has been established on set. The crew is responsible for monitoring the cast’s booze consumption. Bartenders on set are also required to keep tabs on their drinking. Producers are also making sure the cast has access to food at all times on set. Sources also say that the returning cast got a lecture both on and off camera about the DeMario/Corinne situation, and there was a strong focus on alcohol consumption.
Filming has been going on for a few days, and those production sources say that it hasn’t gotten too crazy on set. A booze limit means a whole lot less reality TV drama, sure. But you know what can easily replace it? If production were to take away all but three lounge chairs by the pool. Nothing starts a beach resort fight faster than people trying to call dibs on a lounger.