For a show that supposedly isn’t interested in dragging out a non-existent scandal, “Bachelor in Paradise” is sure dragging this thing out. Last week Chris Harrison conducted a Sex Ed class for the cast and this week he’s hosting a group therapy session in front of a studio audience.
To begin this segment, Chris said, “the scandal everyone has been talking about for weeks.” More accurately– the scandal we all forgot happened because the show is back on the air and you told us there was no scandal.
Supposedly, this whole thing was to bring DeMario Jackson out to tell his story, but he only got to do that after the group therapy session and after Evan Bass and Carly Waddell had an ultrasound on camera (another day, another story).
Finally, DeMario was allowed to come out and discuss what happened– nothing. DeMario thought he got kicked off the show, his parents laughed at him and so the story goes. After a few minutes of not much, Chris made DeMario watch a bunch of news stories about himself. You know, the ones calling him a rapist.
DeMario did get a chance to say some real things about himself and the situation, “I know who I am. I know I’m not that monster they’re trying to portray on TV. Like Michelle Obama said, ‘When they go low, you go high.’ It was hard to go high, but I had to do it because I train and mentor children, and I can’t tell them to be something that I’m not. That’s what kept me going. And great family, friends, school teachers, people at the gym. It was crazy to see the response from them. My castmates — Alexis, Raven, I FaceTimed Taylor, like, every single day. There was just so much love. I was extremely humbled.”
Chris asked DeMario about his mom again and the tears came, “It’s tough. It’s difficult. I love my mom more than anything in this world. Seeing her cry every single day, it was difficult. I’m her everything, best friends. I had to make her deactivate [her social media], because she was going to war defending me. It sucked.”
DeMario has said he’s done with reality TV and “I’m still going to be me. I’m working very hard on just building back up my spirits. This summer took a lot out of me. I’m not gonna let this get me down. I’m gonna be who I am, and that’s my whistle-blowing, crazy, fun-loving self.”