Wells Adams’ first TV bartending gig got cut short, but he still has fond memories of his time on the Bachelor in Paradise set. Adams, who competed on JoJo Fletcher’s season of The Bachelor then went on to appear in last summer’s edition of Paradise, took to social media to explain his role on the ABC summertime spinoff amid an alleged alcohol-fueled incident that prompted producers to abruptly shut down production of the show at the Playa Escondida Resort in Mexico.
Adams was not announced as a contestant on the now-defunct season of Bachelor in Paradise, but according to E! News, the Nashville DJ was flown into Mexico to replace the show’s beloved bartender, Jorge Moreno, for the 4th season of the show. But with reports that contestant Corinne Olympios was so intoxicated that she was in a blackout state and unable to give consent to an alleged sexual encounter while in the pool with fellow BIP contestant DeMario Jackson, some fans are wondering if someone should have cut her off at the bar.
Turns out, Wells Adams had nothing to do with the incident. Jorge Moreno was the barkeep on the Bachelor In Paradise set and was to be filmed “retiring” from his reality TV bartending position before passing the torch to Adams. Wells reportedly arrived on the set after the drunken incident took place. But even though Jorge may have been tending bar for a brief time when Olympios and fellow contestant DeMario Jackson were allegedly throwing back drinks, E! News notes that the Bachelor in Paradise contestants are also allowed to serve themselves at the bar.
On the heels of the Bachelor in Paradise production shut down, Adams told fans he has been getting a lot of questions about his involvement in the show. Wells said he can only speak from his own experiences with the ABC franchise, all of which sound good.
“Some of the greatest moments of my life happened in Paradise,” Wells wrote on Instagram. “Some of the greatest people I’ve gotten to spend time with (in front of and behind camera) happened in Paradise.My heart breaks for those that don’t share the same experiences.”
Wells also urged fans not to take his comments as “insensitive or accusatory.” Adams sad there is still “a lot unknown and untold” about the controversial incident.
I've been getting a lot of questions about my take on @bachelorinparadise and I can only speak for my own experiences…so here goes nothin'. Some of the greatest moments of my life happened in Paradise. Some of the greatest people I've gotten to spend time with(in front of and behind the camera) happened in Paradise. One of the most beautiful and genuine love stories unfolded in front of my eyes in paradise. My heart breaks for those that don't share the same experiences. Please don't perceive this as insensitive or accusatory in any way. I'm only describing my journey there and I'd ask before you pass any judgment or say hurtful things to anyone about this, you remember that there is a lot unknown and untold. Understand that my perception and experience is only mine to tell, but it's an honest one and one that I will cherish forever. Also, look at my ribcage in this pic… #bachelorinparadise
According to TMZ, Olympios issued a statement in which she said she was a “victim” in the alleged incident and is now in therapy to deal with the “physical and emotional trauma” she has suffered. TMZ also reports that Jackson says Olympios instigated the incident and that she was lucid during their encounter.
While Wells Adams didn’t cross paths with Olympios at the BIP Bar, he has made his feelings known regarding her status on the ABC franchise in the past. According to Entertainment Tonight, earlier this year Wells told Vinny Ventiera’s Wrong Reasons podcast that he thought Corinne would be cast as the next Bachelorette instead of Rachel Lindsay.
“I think the franchise wants to so badly break out of its cookie-cutter, white person shell, but I don’t think that America will embrace it, sadly enough,” Wells said. “And I think what they’re going to do is it will be misdirection. I think it’s going to be… Rachel, and then at the last second, they’re gonna have Corinne.”
Although Wells Adams may not have been looking for love when he signed on to Bachelor in Paradise, according to E! News he was just starting to form a sweet connection with returning show alum Amanda Stanton, whom he first met on last season’s BIP, when he showed up in Mexico. Unfortunately, Warner Bros. stopped filming of the show before Adams and Stanton could form a real love connection.
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