At the end of the most recent episode of Survivor: Island of IdolsIt was revealed that the producers had decided to eliminate the Dan Spilo contest from the game after an "incident,quot; that happened off camera. And, this controversial season has led to a major change for the long-running reality show, as CBS will not broadcast a live meeting program for the first time in 39 seasons.
In the last minutes of the episode that aired on December 11, host Jeff Probst went to the camp to tell the remaining contestant that the producers had removed Spilo from the show and that he would not be part of the jury. The 58-year-old man did not go into details about the decision, but CBS put a title card on the screen for spectators at home.
Hollywood talent manager Dan Spilo is the first #Survivor The contestant will be removed from the series after inappropriate behavior https://t.co/WpEMkXGuU5
– Variety (@ Variety) December 12, 2019
"Dan was removed from the game after a report of another incident, which happened off camera and did not involve a player," the statement said.
According to People magazine, multiple sources claim that the incident involved a member of the Survivor production team, and took place after an immunity challenge when Spilo was boarding a boat to transport him back to camp.
Apparently, Spilo touched the leg of a female crew member, and at least one other contestant saw what was happening. Spilo, a Hollywood agent, says he simply lost his balance when he tried to get on the boat, and the contact was an accident.
The program's production team consulted with the legal team and decided to eliminate Spilo after not only the incident with a female producer, but after contestant Kellee Kim complained that Spilo had touched her improperly and violated her personal space .
Probst says Spilo was not happy with his removal from the program, but he finally "calmed down,quot; and was "very respectful,quot; when he left. After Kim was expelled from the island, Spilo offered an apology.
"I work in an industry in which the #MeToo movement formed and allowed, thank God, to flourish and become powerful and strong," he said. "My personal feeling is that if someone feels uncomfortable for a second because of something I've done, I'm horrified by that and I'm very sorry."
Do you see this woman? His tears, his words should have been enough for Dan to withdraw. When Kellee was sobbing in front of the production, that should have been enough. It would be a totally different game if they eliminated Dan immediately. #Survivor pic.twitter.com/HIwdjwlWjj
– Paula (@ Paula01071004) December 12, 2019
Amidst all the controversy, the team behind Survivor He has decided for the first time in 39 seasons not to broadcast the meeting show live, and instead will record it hours in advance. They decided to make the change due to the sensitive issues that will arise, and due to security concerns.
After the producers revealed that they had removed Spilo from the show, Kim tweeted that her dismissal validated the concerns she raised since the beginning of the season, but wishes that no one else has to be subjected to this type of behavior.
Instead of the usual 5 p.m. At 8 pm. Pacific Time, the meeting will be recorded between 1 p.m. and at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18 and will air later that night on CBS.