Survivor: Island of the Idols crew members weren’t surprised by contestant Dan Spilo’s sudden dismissal from the competitive reality show.
Last week, the talent manager was removed from the US version of the long-running show following another alleged inappropriate conduct incident.
Spilo has had a penchant for controversy since his arrival on Survivor. His troubles began when he played a crucial role in contestant Kellee Kim’s elimination from the series.
The controversy arose when Kim, along with several other cast members, expressed concerns that Spilo was “inappropriately” touching them. Though Kim sat down with Spilo to discuss his actions, he continued forward with his invasion of personal space — which ultimately led to an official warning being issued to Spilo from production.
Spilo was eventually removed from the show following another alleged inappropriate conduct incident with a production member. Production sources told People that Spilo’s dismissal occurred because there had been a history of complaints against him.
“If it had been his first strike, I don’t think he would have been removed from the game,” a production source told the outlet. “But the feeling was, ‘it’s time to pull the plug.’ In many ways, this was just the final straw.”
Speaking for the first time about his exit, the 48-year-old talent manager lamented his behaviour and told People magazine that he is “deeply sorry” for his actions.
“I am deeply sorry for how my actions affected Kellee (Kim) during the taping of this season of Survivor,” Spilo wrote to the outlet. “After apologising at the tribal council when I first learned that Kellee still felt uncomfortable, I want to make sure I do so again, clearly and unambiguously.”
“I truly regret that anyone was made to feel uncomfortable by my behaviour,” he continued. “In my life, I have always tried to treat others with decency, integrity and kindness. I can only hope that my actions in the future can help me to make amends and show me to be the kind of father, husband, colleague and friend that I always aim to be.”
People claimed the CBS legal department informed Spilo he would not be welcomed at the finale, with sources telling the magazine the reason behind it stems from his misconduct.
An alleged debate took place between the show’s production staff regarding Spilo’s dismissal, the outlet reported.
“This went way beyond the game aspect of the show,” an insider claimed. “No one has ever been kicked off the show, ever, since 2000. It was unprecedented to even consider removing him.”
The network announced that for the first time, it would pre-tape the show’s upcoming reunion, which resulted in Spilo’s co-star Jeff Varner slamming the network on Facebook.
“I’ve talked to cast members. I know what happened that got him removed and I’m telling you, 100% horse sh*t,” he wrote. “The cast has rallied behind Dan and few to no one is behind Kellee (Kim).”
Varner added that he believed the reunion was being pre-taped because cast members “plan to publicly support Dan and call out producers”.