Bachelor Nation is responding to a first in the franchises history this week: the cancellation of an entire season.
was suspended indefinitely following an alleged incident of misconduct that reportedly occurred between contestants DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios during filming.
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Its unfortunate that my character and family name has been assassinated this past week with false claims and malicious allegations. I will be taking swift and appropriate legal action until my name is cleared and, per the advice of legal counsel, will be seeking all available remedies entitled to me under the laws.
Warner Brotherstold Elite Daily,
We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set of in Mexico. 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.
Elite Daily had the chance to chat with Olivia Caridi, former contestant and current host of the podcast on Anchor, about her takeon this weeks news and what it might mean for the franchise as a whole.
Caridi, who was dubbed the villain of Ben Higgins season, briefly met up with fellow villain Corinne Olympios last year, and while they havent remained super close,the pair definitely shares similar experiences in how they were portrayed on screen.
Caridi, who admitted she isso happy in light of everything that she never did ,spoke to Elite Daily about her reaction to the cancellation of the show, what her experience with producers was like during her season, and her thoughts on Olympios.
Elite Daily: What is your reaction to the alleged incidentbetween DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios?
I obviously dont know exactly what happened. I dont think anyone actually knows exactly what happened
I feel like this affects so many people, not only the alleged people involved, Corinne and DeMario, but so many people who were really looking forward to this this summer some people left their jobs for this so its just really sad all around that its not happening because I know so much of Bachelor Nation looks forward to as kind of the comedic relief from the seriousness of and .
Its sad all around and then theres so much misinformation out there and everyone is talking so many rumors are being spread Its like a dark cloud over the franchise I feel like its almost like this hangover feeling. I wake up every day and its this sadness. Its weird.
ED: Does this incident affect your perception of the franchise as a whole and do you think it will leave a lasting negative impression with fans?
You know, its funny because two weeks ago I would have said is going to be around forever, and I still think it will come back and they will find a way to bring it back I do feel like this is not the first time there has been a controversy of some sort on this show and theyve always kind of managed to recover in time, but I feel like this is something thats just different.
Its something that this show has never seen before. A season has never been canceled on the show in years and years and years, and I do feel like not only has it taken a toll on the people involved, but like I hate to say, it probably affects Rachels season.
And thats obviously really sad for her because she took all of this time out of her life to do the show and all of her guys did, too. I just feel like its something that makes people look at this whole franchise differently and especially with all of this misinformation out there and so many different stories that people just look at this and think that maybe franchise was walking too close to the fire for maybe a long time and then it just its just a nightmare.
ED:You had the chance to meet Corinneand you kind of bonded over both being the villains of your seasons? What do you think of Corinne as a person?
I will say that she was so much like she was on television like very confident, she says whatever she wants, shes very forward. So it was actually kind of nice All Id ever hear is, Youre so different than you were on television. It was really nice seeing someone who is exactly what they are on television.
She was never shy about saying that she wants TV shows, she wants to be famous. And I actually admired that in her because I feel like so many people from this franchise secretly want that and dont admit it. But like, I met her briefly and she was exactly who she is on the TV show. I have not really spoken to her Ive tried to get her on my podcast a couple of times and its never worked out cause shes always jet setting, but I dont really know her that well. I just know that she wants good TV. Shell do anything for good TV, from what I can tell. So thats who she is.
ED: In your experience on , what was the level of involvement from the producers?
Theone thing I will say is that alcohol was never forced on us. Like, people have this mindset that the producers are hazing us, making us drink and thats just not the case. I was sober on Bens season, never took a drink.
So in many ways this whole argument of someone or many parties being too drunk, thats just adults making poor decisions. No producer puts a line of shots in front of you and says, Take them all. It doesnt happen thats a rumor that Id like to dispel.
Ive never done , but I have to imagine that some of the producers go into it and maybe think, Oh, this could be a couple, this could be a coupleThe people might have thought that [Corinne and DeMario]would make a cool couple and that they were both villains and lets try to push them to each other. And they made the decisions after that to do what they did. And whatever happened, is what happened.
For me, I have my own animosity toward my producer and thats my own thing but I was never forced beyond my will to do anything that I didnt want to doTheydo not force you. They will suggest things that in turn could make very good TV, but you have every power in you to say no.
ED: You also were quite open about struggling after the show from all the internet hate and bullying. What do you think of production manipulation on the show in general?Do you think it goes too far?
I came out of this show and I had an idea that I was going to probably be a character that was polarizing, and that makes sense, but I did question as I was watching it live why certain things were taken as far as they did. To a point where not only was it embarrassing enough that I had such a hard time on the show but for the public humiliation to go even farther and farther and farther, to the point where youre making fun of my public appearance Everything about me was basically made fun of, so that was obviously a bummer.
So yeah, in that respect, I do feel like there are some contestants, myself included, who are not emotionally prepared for the backlash and the onslaught of public opinion. And even now, lm looking at Corinnes Instagram, Im looking at DeMarios Instagram, and no matter what happened, people are just making outrageous sexual assaults, racism claims that are just insane. Its just really sad where social media has gone and I dont think anyone is truly prepared for the onslaught of people, and I just think that there are certain things even that the show delivers, that they come off as funny but its actually pretty hurtful.
Im not trying to bring myself into this, I just feel like every year its gotten more and more I actually want to go back and watch the show the first season and see if they went as hard as they do with people now. Because now I feel like a lot of it is they shove the villain down peoples throats for a while and then they go home and its pretty much the same recipe every year. That was my role I guess: pissing everyone off and then leaving.
For more of Caridis thoughts, feelings, and predictions on Rachel Lindsays season of,dont forget to check out her podcast.