Chris Harrison says the Season 4 premiere of “Bachelor in Paradise” will be unlike anything viewers of the ABC reality show have ever seen. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Harrison revealed that he will open the new season of the show solo as he walks along an empty beach. It’s then that the longtime franchise host will deliver an introductory spiel that will bring viewers up to speed about the sex scandal controversy that nearly put this season of the ABC summertime series on a permanent vacation.

The show will address the cast controversy

Harrison explained to THR he will guide viewers “through those first few days up until the shutdown, and you will see right up until that moment where we did shut down." The ABC host is referring to the headline-making shut down of production in Mexico in early June after “Bachelor in Paradise” cast members Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson allegedly engaged in a drunken interaction that resulted in a misconduct allegation from a rogue producer and on-set investigation by Warner Bros. The entire “Paradise” cast and crew were sent home and this season of the show was presumed canceled.

Harrison revealed that once the investigation was complete and no wrongdoing was found, the cast was invited back to Mexico, although Olympios and Jackson declined the invite.

The controversial cast members will appear in a sit-down discussion episode to explain their side of what happened, while Harrison says he will do his best to fill viewers in on what happened between the other “Bachelor in Paradise" castmates during the two-week shut down because “a lot of it is off-camera.”

Back to 'Paradise'

Once the “10,000 pound elephant in the room” is addressed, Harrison promises viewers can expect a more typical season of “Bachelor in Paradise” by the show’s third week with “dates, relationships, drama, tears and all that stuff” and that after a few weeks the Corinne-DeMario drama will be all but forgotten.

“It will feel very much like Paradise,” Harrison said.

Harrison revealed that the topic of consent will be addressed on “Bachelor in Paradise” (it must now be clearly given ahead of any interactions between cast members), but he downplayed the role that alcohol plays in the ABC reality show. While a two drink per hour maximum rule has now been put into place, Chris Harrison says alcohol was never a big factor on the show.

“It’s not that great of a tool for us," he said, adding that “someone acting drunk and silly isn’t really great television.”

According to ABC, the fourth season of “Bachelor in Paradise” will include “Bachelor “ and “Bachelorette” alums, including Raven Gates, Amanda Stanton, Dean Unglert, Robby Hayes, Ben Zorn, Jasmine Goode and Vinny Ventiera.

"Bachelor in Paradise” premieres Monday, Aug. 14 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.