Amid a potential sexual misconduct scandal, ABC has yet to announce if Bachelor in Paradise will be canceled — but the reason the reality romance competition show might not return could have nothing to do with the television network.
“The show is most likely not going to resume filming,” a production source tells PEOPLE exclusively of the Bachelor spinoff, which suspended production after contestant DeMario Jackson was allegedly filmed in a sexual encounter with a woman who may not have been able to consent. “It would seem impossible to do so given the circumstances.”
“But the main reason it will likely not be back is that the majority of the bill for the show is footed by the Mexico Tourism Board,” continues the source. “They pick up the tab for practically everything in exchange for all the free publicity the show gives them — but is not a good look and is not likely to be something Mexico Tourism wants to welcome back.”
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But even if the Mexican Tourism Board did want the reality show to resume filming, the source believes ABC will have a lot to consider before deciding to continue filming the current season or greenlighting future seasons.
“Every year there have been an increasing number of questions about whether or not gone too far. Last year it was Chad basically being kicked out for being so incredibly aggressive,” says the source. But this latest scandal “throws into question if perhaps the show simply needs to be over.”
The Mexican Tourism Board did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for comment.