What really happened when the cameras stopped?
As American Survivor prepares to wrap its latest season, there was a rumble in the jungle as Dan Spilo was spectacularly ejected from the game. Now, the ‘real’ reason behind his dramatic departure has been leaked and fans know what really went down in Survivor: Island of the Idols.
It’s hard to believe Survivor is now in its 39th season and has been airing for a whopping 19 years. Island of the Idols is a unique idea that brings back some of the show’s most iconic contestants as mentors to a new crop of challengers. As usual, the group battles for a grand prize of $1 million.
48-year-old Dan Spilo is a talent manager from Los Angeles who described himself as “hardworking, articulate, and charming” on the CBS Survivor site. The latest episode ended with the shocking reveal Dan had been removed from Island of the Idols due to an “incident” that allegedly took place on a transport boat following the immunity challenge.
There was a vague explanation that read: “Dan was removed from the game after a report of another incident, which happened off-camera and did not involve a player.” However, People has done a little digging to find out more.
The site claims that Spilo touched the leg of a female crew member while boarding the boat. Although Dan says he lost his balance and it was merely an accident, at least one of the other contestants witnessed the scene.
After consulting with the legal team, producers decided to remove Spilo from Survivor just weeks before the finale. Although he repeatedly denies any wrongdoing, the team is standing by its decision.
Earlier in the season, contestant Kellee Kim accused Spilo of inappropriately touching her and invading her personal space. She maintains she asked him to stop but Spilo ignored her request.
After Kim was evicted, Spilo tweeted an apology stating: “I work in an industry in which the #MeToo movement was formed and allowed — thank God — to blossom and become powerful and strong.
“My personal feeling is if anyone ever felt for a second uncomfortable about anything I’ve ever done, I’m horrified about that and I’m terribly sorry.”
Elsewhere, host Jeff Probst spoke to EW about Dan being the first contestant to ever be removed from Survivor. Probst elaborated, “When we first told Dan we were pulling him from the game, he was not happy.
“We talked through everything for quite a while, and by the time he got on the boat to leave he had calmed down and was actually very respectful as he departed.”
Dan’s removal means the fan-favourite reunion special will be pre-recorded for the first time in the show’s history. Survivor concludes on December 18 with a finale that is sure to have everybody talking.