The 4th season of Bachelor in Paradise will premiere in the summer of 2017. Chris Harrison will reprise his role from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette as host of the show.
As with the previous season, filming took place in the town of Sayulita, located in Vallarta-Nayarit, Mexico.
During After the Final Rose, Nick Viall's runner-up, Raven Gates, accepted an offer to join the season.
Corinne Olumpios from season 21 of The Bachelor, Amanda Stanton from season 20 of The Bachelor and the winner of season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise, and Robby Hayes from season 12 of The Bachelorette where the next to be confirmed as contestants for this season.
Some of the cast was announced on June 6, 2017.
After Dean Unglert was eliminated during hometown week, it was announced that he would be joining the season.
Keira Maguire, from the 4th season of the The Bachelor Australia claimed that she was invited to participate in the program. However, following the controversy regarding the allegations of misconduct, she elected not to take part in BIP. Maguire told Fairfax Media: "It just doesn’t sound like something I want to be a part of".
On June 11, 2017 production was suspended indefinitely due to alleged misconduct. It was reported that production allegedly filmed cast member DeMario Jackson in a sexual encounter with Corinne Olympios, who may have been too drunk to consent. Warner Bros. released a statement saying:
"We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise 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."
On June 20, 2017, it was announced that the investigation was over and it appeared no misconduct occurred on the set. That’s the word from Warner Bros., which released the following statement:
"As we previously stated, we recently became aware of allegations regarding an incident on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico. We take all such allegations seriously. The safety, security, and well-being of the cast and crew is our number one concern, and we suspended filming so that the allegations could be investigated immediately and thoroughly. Our internal investigation, conducted with the assistance of an outside law firm, has now been completed. Out of respect for the privacy interests of those involved, we do not intend to release the videotape of the incident. We can say, however, that the tape does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member. Nor does the tape show, contrary to many press reports, that the safety of any cast member was ever in jeopardy. Production on this season of Bachelor in Paradise will be resuming, and we plan to implement certain changes to the show’s policies and procedures to enhance and further ensure the safety and security of all participants."
ABC then released this response:
"We appreciate the swift and complete investigation by Warner Bros. into allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise,” said a network spokesperson. “Given their results, the series will resume production, and will air this summer on ABC."
Host Chris Harrison tweeted:
"Thank you for your patience, trust and loyalty #BachelorNation and to our entire Bachelor family."
While neither Corinne Olympios nor DeMario Jackson returned to filming post-scandal, they will still appear in this season from footage shot before the scandal halted production.
|No. in season||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Welcome to Paradise"||August 14, 2017|
|The cast arrive in Playa Escondida in Sayulita, Mexico, in the fourth-season opener. Later, the first date takes place.|
|2||"A Wedding in Paradise"||August 15, 2017|
|Evan Bass and Carly Waddell get married, with many of their pals from "The Bachelor" franchise in attendance.|
|3||"Season 4, Episode 2A"||August 21, 2017|
|A guy from Rachel's season shows up with a date card, and the other men grow jealous; one female who's unsure of where she stands with her man sets her sights on the newcomer; one couple stumble upon some dancers and join in on the dancing.|
|4||"Season 4, Episode 2B"||August 22, 2017|
|A woman receives a date card, but she has no prospects, so she interviews some guys and offers one the job; a new arrival has her eyes on a prize another woman thought she had won. Also: a live studio edition of the show; a visit from Carly and Evan.|
|5||"Season 4, Episode 3A"||August 28, 2017|
|A virgin arrives with a date card; a couple shop for sexy swimsuits and get wild in the water; a sweet duo experience their first fight in Paradise; a guy is torn between the "right option" and a "more exciting option"; a popular bachelor leaves Paradise before handing out a rose when he can't decide between two admirers.|
|6||"Season 4, Episode 3B"||August 29, 2017|
|A last-minute arrival is swarmed by rose-seeking ladies. Later, he and his date learn the Mexican form of wrestling called Lucha Libre. Meanwhile, a "Tickle Monster" moves into Paradise and a love triangle forms around him; and another trio starts to unravel.|
|7||"Season 4, Episode 4A"||September 4, 2017|
|A new arrival talks to every woman in Paradise before one accepts his date card; a hotter new arrival gets an easy date, even though her last date thought they were an item; double daters go speed boating and zip lining; an eager suitor takes a cautious bachelorette to a town fair.|
|8||"Season 4, Episode 4B"||September 5, 2017|
|A new female arrival doubles her odds by liking both sexes; hopeful heartbreakers return to Paradise and target other women's men; a double-dater bails out to spend more time with the woman he's serious about; two bachelorettes storm out, cursing the close-knit couples who caused their downfall.|
|9||"Finale"||September 11, 2017|
|In the fourth-season finale, a rescued woman seeks another date with her savior; a man receives the unwelcome news that he's viewed only as an acquaintance; and a two-timer breaks a woman's heart as he seeks a second chance with the love he lost.|