The Bachelors new hunk Ben Waddell has a shocking link to Hollywood star Zac Efron, with the model threatening legal action against the actor in 2021.
The Channel Ten star, 36, made headlines at the time when he issued a legal notice to the Baywatch actor over his Netflix docuseries Down To Earth.
He claimed the eco-travel show is a replica of the concept he shopped around the United States in 2018, though the producers categorically deny the accusations.
Ben said producers balked at the idea, prompting him to return to Australia to shoot a local version until Zac’s show aired in 2020, which he alleged partially copied the pilot he filmed.
The environmentalist’s legal notice to the Bad Neighbours star demanded Zac, 36, respond to the allegations within seven days.
The Bachelors new star Ben Waddell, 36, (pictured) has a shocking link to Hollywood star Zac Efron, 36, with the model threatening legal action against the actor in 2021
Ben claimed he was shocked to see ‘his show’ airing with the award-winning actor at the helm and vowed to launch legal proceedings against Netflix and Down To Earth creators The Nacelle Company.
He went on to tell his Instagram followers at the time that he tried several times to contact production before going public with his allegations.
‘I spoke to radio stations and then Channel Nine chased [Zac] down. Yesterday our lawyers contacted Efron’s team direct. Now they’ve got seven days to write us back or you know what happens next,’ Ben said.
The Channel Ten star made the news when he issued a legal notice to the Baywatch actor (pictured) over his Netflix docuseries Down To Earth
A letter of demand can be formally issued in an attempt to resolve a matter outside of court, though Ben’s brother created a GoFundMe page in an attempt to raise the $50,000 it would take to sue.
The final nail in the coffin for Ben was when he learned season two would be filmed in his home country of Australia, he told Daily Mail Australia at the time.
‘I was sitting on my couch during lockdown [in America] and turned on Netflix and it was trending as the second-biggest show in the US,’ he said.
He claimed the eco-travel show, which filmed its second season in Australia, is a replica of the concept he shopped around the United States in 2018
‘I fell out of my chair, I was shocked. It was brutal, gut-wrenching. Now they’re making a season 2 in Australia just to kick me when I’m down.’
The Australian presenter and production partner Whitney Smith shot a pilot for ‘Down to Earth with Ben Waddell’ at an eco-retreat in Mexico in July 2017.
After it was not picked up in the US, he began plans to shoot in Australia but had to shut down discussions with Channel Ten after seeing the Netflix version.
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Ten for comment from Ben.