Producers on CBS’s Survivor have removed contestant Dan Spilo from the game over an undisclosed, off-camera “incident” the network confirms.
On a December 11 episode of Survivor: Island of the Idols, host Jeff Probst came to the site of the contestant’s camp to tell them about Spilo’s removal, according to People. Unfortunately, he didn’t elaborate on why exactly Spilo was being pulled, confusing both the other contestants and viewers of the show.
At the end of the show, a card was put up to further clarify to viewers why producers had decided to remove one of the players, which happens rather rarely in the reality TV world. ““Dan was removed from the game after a report of another incident, which happened off-camera and did not involve a player,” the card read.
Representatives for Spilo are refusing to comment to People and the network also hasn’t provided any insight following the dramatic episode, leaving viewers to question what happened. As the magazine points out, however, Spilo (who is a Hollywood agent) was accused of inappropriately touching a female contestant earlier on in the season. While there is no definitive proof that this is what happened with the most recent incident, People also shares that multiple insiders have confirmed it was in fact another case of inappropriate touching.
Along with many other industries, television is currently going through a transition period. Just this past year alone, CBS fired their president Les Moonves following reports of sexual misconduct and they also faced a similar crisis on their popular morning show. It seems that some of the network’s issues have trickled down to show-level production like what’s happened with Survivor and unless some real plans are going to be put into place to deal with this toxic workplace culture, we’re not exactly hopeful that this will be the last we hear of this sort of situation.
As a result of the situation, this year’s finale will be pre-taped as opposed to airing live.