Ex-'Laguna Beach' star Jason Wahler shopping new reality series
By Christopher Rocchio, 04/03/2008
Viewers got a glimpse of Jason Wahler's wild side via Laguna Beach and The Hills, and now he apparently wants to provide proof that he's committed to settling down.
Wahler is currently shopping 22 and Taken, a new reality series starring himself, his fiancee Katja Decker-Sadowski and "their close circle of friends as they prepare for their eventual wedding," his representative Siri Garber told E! News in a Wednesday report.
"He came up with this when the [Writers Guild of America strike] was going on," Garber told E! News. "So really there was only a market for reality when it came up."
Despite a recent posting by celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, Wahler claimed the show is "not going to VH1" when he appeared as a guest on American Idol host Ryan Seacrest's Thursday morning KIIS-FM radio show.
"We'd like to go with MTV because of the fan-base we have there," said Wahler. "But it's still being shopped. There's a lot of people interested. We're just getting at the very end of what we need to do. We'll be in post-production in the next month I'm hoping."
Wahler explained the tentatively-titled show will basically be "following me in my endeavors over the next year." While it will touch upon his relationship with Decker-Sadowski, Wahler said that aspect of the show will be kept "to a minimum."
"Being experienced with having a whole relationship and stuff on camera has not been good, and I don't really like how they get so intrusive," said Wahler. "Definitely I want them to follow to a point -- like having our real engagement party and planning our wedding. But day-to-day stuff, I don't really see that happening."
"A lot of people are like, 'Oh, you're too young. You don't know this and stuff,'" said Wahler. "In the past three years I've experienced what most people experience in 10 years. She's been such a stability for me. She's always the one that keeps me on track -- she's always there just to encourage me and give me the best motivation. So that always helps."
Wahler's recent legal troubles and struggle with alcohol addiction have been well-documented.
In September 2006, he reportedly punched a tow-truck driver as well as a Los Angeles city employee and was accused of using racial slurs against two of the victims, who are African-American. He plead no contest to one count of battery and received a two-month jail sentence and was also required to attend a one-day program at the Museum of Tolerance.
Wahler was due to begin serving his sentence in early May -- but that was delayed by a judge due to a stint in rehab at Orange County's Chapman House inpatient facility, which he completed last summer.
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He was also arrested last April in Seattle and booked on charges of assault and criminal trespassing. According to the incident report, officers responded to a disturbance at a Marriott hotel where a security guard claimed two guests had been wrestling in the lobby. After issuing warnings to stop, the guard reportedly accused Wahler of punching him in the mouth before he was restrained by a friend.
Wahler then allegedly fled the hotel, only to return "a short time later" when police found him passed out in a third-floor hallway "smelling strongly of alcohol." He received a 30-day prison sentence when he plead guilty to charges of assault and a minor exhibiting signs of intoxication. Wahler had also originally been charged with criminal trespassing, however that charge was dropped.
He subsequently received an early release from a Seattle jail last November after serving 20 days of a 30-day sentence.
"I've been sober now and it's been a very big struggle," Wahler told Seacrest. "It has been really tough, especially in L.A.. It's a daily struggle for me. It's been very hard."
Wahler added he doesn't really go out at all anymore.
"I think I've been out once in the past six months and that was probably for a half-hour just to go to a friend's birthday," he said. "Other than that, the latest I go out is about 9PM and that's for dinner."