When the show was officially halted due to an investigation into allegations of misconduct, most contestants went back to their regular lives and jobs. Everything went back to normal … until the show came calling again this week.
PEOPLE has spoken to three former cast members who say production is frantically scrambling to cast the rebooted season, which will include some contestants who were not originally set to appear.
The contestants share similar details: that they received exploratory calls to see if they would be immediately available to participate. They were told that some of the contestants from the aborted season would not return. “It was presented as a new adventure,” one of the contestants tells PEOPLE.
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Contestants would need to be available later this week, but it’s unclear when they would actually start filming. They are being asked to clear their schedules until the end of July. Contestants would be compensated $12,500 for the adventure but might have the opportunity to earn more.
One of the possible replacements tells PEOPLE he was concerned about starting the show on unequal footing with other cast members who had already begun the experience. He was told that this was not going to be the entire cast minus DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios, who have been central figures in the ongoing controversy, but that new players would become part of the mix.
Warner Bros. acknowledges that the reboot show will be different. “Production on this season of Bachelor in Paradise will be resuming,” the company said in a statement to PEOPLE. “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.”
Bachelor in Paradise will return to ABC later this summer.