3:39pm PT by Jackie Strause
Corinne Olympios "Happy" to Attend 'Bachelor in Paradise' Reunion Show
Corinne Olympios is returning to Bachelor in Paradise for the reunion show, The Hollywood Reporter can confirm.
“I am very happy to be appearing on the Bachelor In Paradise special,” the reality star said Wednesday in a statement via her publicist Stan Rosenfield.
The star previously announced that she declined an invitation to return to the ABC series, but the door remained open as to whether or not she would attend the reunion show, which has yet to be filmed. The reunion special will reunite her with DeMario Jackson, who announced that he also will be attending the event.
Shortly after her announcement, ABC revealed that the highly anticipated season will return with a two-night premiere on Aug. 14, one week after it was initially set to bow before the suspension of production on the show.
Olympios was part of the original and returning 16-member cast for the upcoming fourth season of the Bachelor spinoff, which films at a resort in Sayulita, Mexico. Warner Bros. Television, the producers of the ABC franchise, suspended production on the season after a producer filed a misconduct investigation over a sexual incident involving Olympios and Jackson. Though WBTV later concluded that no misconduct took place and resumed filming, Olympios pursued her own investigation.
Late last month, Olympios announced that she concluded her investigation to her satisfaction, but said she declined an invitation to return to the series in full.
"My team’s investigation into this matter has now been completed to my satisfaction," she said at the time in a statement. "I am also happy about the changes that have been made to the production of Bachelor in Paradise. While I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have been a participant on The Bachelor, and while I was invited to return to Bachelor in Paradise when production resumed, I respectfully made the decision not to return."
The reunion special will be Olympios' first public interview addressing the events of June 4, when the alleged incident took place.
Jackson, who appeared on the current season of The Bachelorette, has since shared his side of the story in a two-part sit-down with E! News. Most recently, he spoke to TMZ about his plans to return to both the Bachelorette reunion show, The Men Tell All, and the Paradise special.
When asked how he would handle facing Olympios at the special if she were to attend, Jackson said he is a "very forgiving" person and has no plans to confront her. "That's not who I am as a person. I'm not one of those petty people," he said. "I'll wait for her to [bring it up to me]. If she wants to come up to me, we can talk on camera. We can talk offline. Whether it's [at the reunion show] or in the future, 10 years from now."
Jackson added that he would "love to talk to her" and has "nothing but love for her and her family."