Amanda Stanton Opens Up About ‘Bachelor in Paradise,’ Says Filming Was ‘Intense’ After Scandal
by Aynslee Darmon
Amanda Stanton is speaking out about what went down in Paradise.
ET’s Lauren Zima caught up with the Bachelor in Paradise star in Los Angeles on Thursday, where she opened up about the season four shutdown, and what it was like to return to Mexico after filming had resumed.
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“I don’t really want to speak on what actually happened, but I do know there was an investigation, and they found that nothing was wrong,” Stanton shared. “I know that I’ve never felt unsafe. I’ve always felt very comfortable there and I trust the producers and I trust the show, that if they [conducted an investigation] and everything was fine, then I don’t think Corinne [Olympios] or DeMario [Jackson] did anything wrong.”
“I think it was kind of just a confusing, weird situation and so many people were speculating on it and it got a little out of control,” she added.
Warner Bros. announced that production on season four of Bachelor in Paradise had been halted on June 11 following a producer’s claims of misconduct after a sexual encounter between Olympios and Jackson. On June 20, Warner Bros. and ABC announced the show had been cleared of any wrongdoing, and the cast — minus Olympios and Jackson — returned to Mexico to resume filming.
According to Stanton, by the time filming resumed, the cast was “so over all the drama.” “We knew we had to talk about it. I mean, that’s never happened before and we were filming and we all went home and left, and then we came back. We talked a little bit about what happened, and then after that, we kind of moved on and just did the normal Paradise thing, and it was a lot of fun.”
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It was fun, Stanton said, but also “intense,” as the rest of the season was filmed in just 11 days. “It was just a little more fast paced, so there were more dates. We did rose ceremonies every other night,” she noted.
A quicker pace wasn’t the only change to production. Stanton confirmed that the show implemented a two drink per hour maximum, and declared that contestants had to ask for a producer’s permission to spend the night alone with another cast member.
“[The new rules] were pretty standard, and for me it didn’t really make a difference, because I feel like they were rules that I kind of already followed anyways,” she revealed. “I think it’s good to have those there just to be extra cautious. It didn’t really affect things too much.”
“f you guys were going to go into [a private] room, you both had to [find a producer and] say that you wanted to do it, just to be extra cautious. It’s kind of weird, but it makes sense,” she added. “They were like, ‘If someone goes in the room without asking, we’ll come in there and ask you,’ so it’s less awkward if you find them beforehand.”
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As for the upcoming reunion special, the mother of two said that “it will be good” for Jackson and Olympios to make their return and “set the record straight.” “I think people will have a lot of questions for them, just because this was such a huge thing,” she shared. “[It will] probably [be therapeutic].”
Stanton, who left Paradise engaged to Josh Murray last season (the two later split last December), wouldn’t reveal how things turn out for her this time around, but said that the break in production might have “helped” some relationships, as possible couples could have seen each other in the outside world. For now, though, she said she’s single — but happily hanging out with her girlfriends, like Bachelor alum Sarah Herron.
“I met Sarah on Bachelor in Paradise and she’s such a sweetheart. I just love that she’s using her platform for something that’s so empowering, and something that is near and dear to her heart, so I love to support Sarah,” said Stanton, who reunited with Herron, Ali Fedotowsky, Ashley Iaconetti and Becca Tilley for a photo shoot celebrating the one-year anniversary of Herron’s non-profit, SheLift, which empowers girls to embrace their physical and emotional differences through outdoor adventures.
“Having two daughters and just knowing how important it is to feel confident and comfortable in your own skin, that’s another reason why I really love what Sarah’s doing,” she added. “It’s something that I make an effort to teach my kids everyday.”
Hugh Hefner, Founder Of Playboy, Dead At 91
Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy, one of the most recognizable brands in the world, has died. (HECTOR MATA via Getty Images)
Playboy founder and legendary ladies’ man Hugh Hefner has died at the age of 91, according to Playboy Enterprises.
The magazine said he was surrounded by loved ones and “peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home.”
“My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom,” Hefner’s son Cooper said in a statement. “He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history. He will be greatly missed by many.”
Hefner’s dream of running his own magazine began while he was working as a copy editor at Esquire in 1952, and the following year he secured enough funding to launch Playboy.
The December 1953 inaugural issue featured none other than Marilyn Monroe as its cover girl, and the magazine would go on to become a multibillion-dollar empire ― including TV series, websites, DVDs and endless licensed merchandise ― and one of the most recognizable brands in the world.
Hugh Hefner with Sylvia Sidney, Joan Bradshaw and Caroline Mitchell at a Playboy party in Los Angeles on June 26, 1957. (Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images)
In the 1960s, Hefner became the public face of the company and was known for his smoking jacket, his pipe and the assurance that wherever he was, a bevy of beautiful women surrounded him. He launched a series of private key clubs that he staffed with hostesses known as Bunnies for their now-iconic uniforms that included ears and a tail.
Hefner was arrested in 1963 and charged with selling obscene literature after publishing nude photos of actress Jayne Mansfield. The charges were dropped after a jury was unable to reach a verdict, but the experience led Hefner to launch the Playboy Foundation, which provided funding to groups researching human sexuality and fighting censorship.
Playboy editor and tycoon Hugh Hefner is greeted by a group of Bunnies from his Playboy Clubs as he arrives in London in 1966. (Dove via Getty Images)
Hefner took the company public in 1971, but by the mid-’70s, the magazine was facing more competition with the arrival of hardcore publications such as Penthouse, and circulation began to fall. In response, the magazine released its first full-frontal nude centerfold in January 1972, featuring model Marilyn Cole.
Geraldo Rivera, left, and Hugh Hefner filming a “Tribute to Marlon Brando” on June 6, 1974. (ABC Photo Archives via Getty Images)
The Playboy founder suffered a minor stroke in 1985, just a few weeks shy of his 59th birthday. It was an eye-opening experience for Hefner, who decided it was time to tone down his wild parties, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“I survived a stroke two weeks ago,” Hefner said in a statement. “My recovery is total and something of a miracle. What has happened is actually a ‘stroke of luck’ that I fully expect will change the direction of my life.”
He handed over his empire to daughter Christie, who had been president of Playboy Enterprises since 1982. She began running the company as chairman of the board and CEO in 1988.
Hugh Hefner with his daughter Christie Hefner at the re-opening of the Playboy Club in New York City on Oct. 29, 1985. (Yvonne Hemsey via Getty Images)
In 2009, Scott Flanders replaced Hefner’s daughter as CEO and Playboy Enterprises Inc. began to make a radical shift focusing on its branding potential and licensing opportunities.
Two years later, Hefner made a $207 million deal to buy out the company and take it private. The deal gave him a $1 million-a-year contract, full editorial control of the magazine and the right to keep living at the Playboy Mansion, Forbes reported. Hefner told The Hollywood Reporter in September 2011 that he owned close to 37 percent of the corporation, but noted that he had limited involvement with the company’s new focus on licensing. The media mogul also revealed he estimated his personal wealth at more than $100 million.
In that same article, THR broached the subject of death, but it was not something Hefner ever talked about, a close colleague said. Hefner said he was not afraid of death and had no faith in any afterlife. And his death wasn’t just a subject that Hefner avoided ― at the time, the company hadn’t thought about it either.
“That’s hard to imagine. There’s no succession plan,” Flanders told THR.
But the company wasn’t without a plan for long. In 2012, Hefner announced his then-21-year-old son, Cooper, was being groomed to become the public face of the company.
In August, Cooper Hefner was named chief creative officer of the company.
While Hugh Hefner was always surrounded by beautiful women, in recent years he’s made the most headlines for the company he kept ― young, blond Playboy models who lived with him at the infamous Playboy Mansion.
Hefner was first married in 1949 to a Northwestern University student named Mildred Williams, with whom he has two children ― Christie and David ― before divorcing in 1959.
In 1989, he married again, this time to Playmate of the Year Kimberley Conrad, who was 36 years his junior. Together the couple had two sons, Marston and Cooper, before they separated in 1998 and divorced in 2010.
Hugh Hefner, Marsden Hefner and wife Kimberly Conrad at the Playboy Playmate of the Year Celebration on April 25, 1991. (Ron Galella via Getty Images)
During his 12-year separation from Conrad, Hefner had relationships with many of the young models featured in his magazine, including twin sisters Sandy and Mandy Bentley, and even dated seven women at once. His concurrent relationships with Playboy Playmates Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson were featured on the reality series “The Girls Next Door.”
Holly Madison, Hugh Hefner, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson. The reality series “The Girls Next Door” followed Hefner’s relationships with the three women. (Denise Truscello via Getty Images)
In 2008, all three women decided to leave Hefner and the Playboy Mansion, prompting Hefner to start dating Crystal Harris, who was 60 years his junior, along with 20-year-old twins Kristina and Karissa Shannon. Hefner broke things off with the twins and proposed to Harris in 2010.
Kristina and Karissa Shannon, Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris attend Hugh Hefner’s 83rd birthday pool party at the Palms Resort & Casino on April 4, 2009, in Las Vegas. (Denise Truscello via Getty Images)
The couple planned to marry in June 2011, but Harris decided to call off their nuptials just five days before they were scheduled to exchange their vows. After some highly publicized fighting over the custody of their dog, the couple reconciled with the help of Hefner’s longtime secretary Mary O’Connor, who died in 2013. Hefner said “I do” to Harris and tied the knot for a third time on Dec. 31, 2012.
Hugh Hefner and wife Crystal Hefner attend the annual Halloween Party at the Playboy Mansion on Oct. 24, 2015. (Charley Gallay via Getty Images)
Hefner and Playboy made headlines more recently for their decision to stop publishing nudes in the print magazine and chose Pamela Anderson to be their last naked cover model for the January/February 2016 issue. The magazine decided to put nudity back in the magazine earlier this year in an effort to take its “identity back” and reclaim “who we are.”
Also last year, the Playboy Mansion, the iconic 5-acre, 29-room West Los Angeles estate owned by Playboy Enterprises, sold for $100 million, with one catch: Hefner asked that he be allowed to continue living and working there until his death.
In an interview for Larry King’s 2004 book, “Remember Me When I’m Gone,” Hefner shared his thoughts on his legacy at Playboy and beyond.
“I’d like to be remembered as someone who played some part in changing our hurtful and hypocritical views on sex ― and had a lot of fun doing it.”
Hefner is survived by his wife, Crystal, and his children Cooper, Christie, Marston and David.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this obituary included a photo caption that misspelled the surnames of Marlon Brando and Hugh Hefner.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost
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