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Chris Harrison Responds to Bachelor in Paradise Scandal

The host warns of "misinformation"

Liam Mathews

Chris Harrison, the host of The Bachelor franchise's fleet of shows including Bachelor in Paradise, has spoken out about the scandal that caused BIP to end production on Season 4. In the statement obtained by TVGuide.com, Harrison urges fans to be patient while production company Warner Bros. carries out its investigation of the incident, and cautions to be wary of "misinformation" in the media but does not identify what that "misinformation" is.

Here's Harrison's statement:

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.

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.

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.

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 Harrison, The Bachelor

Chris Harrison, The Bachelor

Matt Brown, ABC

Bachelor in Paradise shut down production on Sunday after a field producer lodged a complaint with Warner Bros. over an incident of possible sexual misconduct involving two contestants that producers did not stop and instead recorded.

"We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico," Warner Bros. said in a statement Sunday. "We have suspended production and we are conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations. Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action."

Bachelor in Paradise was scheduled to premiere August 8, and though Season 4 has not officially been canceled, it's unlikely to happen at this point.