‘Temptation Island’ Star Evan Smith Says He’s Suing USA Network and a Showrunner
Temptation Island star Evan Smith left his girlfriend for another single he met on the show, Morgan Lolar. After six months of dating, he proposed to her. However, they broke up in Jan. 2020 when she accused him of cheating and being a “master manipulator.” A year later, Smith vaguely claimed he’s suing USA Network and the first season’s showrunner, Scott Jeffress.
Evan Smith appeared on the first season of ‘Temptation Island’
In late 2018, Los Angeles-based couple Evan Smith and Kaci Campbell, who knew each other for 10 years but dated for five, agreed to participate in the reality dating experiment, Temptation Island.
She brought him to the show because she wanted a commitment, and he wished to prove himself to her.
However, the former collegiate basketball player almost immediately fell for Virginia-based real estate agent Morgan Lolar.
The two went on nearly every date together, and he dumped his girlfriend at the final bonfire to pursue a relationship with her. Six months later, in Mar. 2019, Smith proposed to Lolar.
They seemed happy for the next several months until she accused him of cheating on her in a Jan. 2020 tweet, and they stopped wearing their engagement rings.
In July 2020, Lolar released several YouTube videos detailing why she believes her ex is a “master manipulator,” compulsive liar, and narcissist.
He has since relocated to Mexico
Following her exposé, Smith deleted his Twitter and hasn’t addressed her claims that he used her to take care of himself. Before their breakup, she says he relocated to California alone, which they planned on making together.
Although she insisted she’s done with him in her videos, he revealed the two had seen each other. However, it doesn’t look like the two have any plans on reuniting.
After moving in with his friend in Jan. 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic shut the city down only a few months later. Therefore, he frequently visited Mexico.
In Mar. 2021, the former collegiate basketball player announced he permanently relocated to the county because the pandemic has turned LA into a city he no longer recognizes.
Smith says he’s suing USA Network
During an Instagram question and answer, a follower asked if he wanted to appear in another reality dating series. In Smith’s response, he claimed he is currently suing USA Network and the first season’s showrunner, Scott Jeffress.
He also noted he didn’t think other networks would want to do business with him after his lawsuit is settled. Additionally, the reality star tagged the channel’s Instagram page and Jeffress’ who has since deleted his account.
A fan screenshotted his response and uploaded it to a Reddit forum where others weighed in on the supposed lawsuit. Many feel he doesn’t have a case for defamation due to the intense contracts the participants sign at the beginning of the show and thinks he’s “all talk.”
Additionally, producers have the power to manipulate character narratives and storylines as they see fit. If he is going through with the suit, he likely isn’t able to discuss the details yet. Temptation Island airs Tuesdays at 10/9 Central on USA Network.