After Allegations of Misconduct, What on Earth Will This Season of Bachelor in Paradise Look Like?

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For the first time ever, ABC’s Bachelor spinoff
Bachelor in Paradise is getting people to take it
seriously. To the show’s discredit, this was accomplished
through dark and unethical circumstances when two contestants’
alcohol-infused sexual encounter (not a first for BiP)
lead to an internal investigation and bigger conversation about
whether or not heavily intoxicated participants on a reality
show can have consensual sex.

On this week’s DirtCast, I’m joined by our resident
Bachelor expert, Jezebel Deputy Editor Kate Dries, and
comedian Michelle Collins, who—in addition to hosting a highly
funny podcast of her own called
Fresh Batch—hosted Season 2 of ABC’s After
, a post-Bachelor in Paradise talkshow.

A true Bachelor aficionado (and dare I say, insider?),
Michelle gives her take on what will happen to Bachelor in
now that it’s been announced that Warner Bros.
will resume production on the current season.

“I’m surprised they’re [resuming the season], but I also get
it,” Michelle says. “Because from a financial point, how do you
just not go back? But it’s also this question of if anything
did happen, HOW do you go back? It’s a very ugly

Later, she speculates “that they’ll…combine [everything] into
a two hour long premiere and they’re gonna address [the
controversy] in the first episode and get it out of the way and
then it’s gonna go into normal Paradise.”

We then move onto lighter topics—specifically The
’s Peter Kraus vs. Six Feet Under’s
Peter Krause, a trip to a monster truck rally, our favorite
theme restaurants, and what it’s like run into Leonardo
DiCaprio at Coachella while rolling on ecstasy for the very
first (and last) time.

Keep up with the hilarious Michelle Collins on Twitter and Instagram.

DirtCast can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play, and iHeart Media.

Our show is produced by Levi Sharpe with editorial
oversight by Kate Dries. Mandana Mofidi is our Executive
Director of Audio. Our theme music is by Stuart Wood. This
episode was mixed by Brad Fisher. Listen to our politics
Big Time Dicks, here.

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