RELATED STORIES Survivor premiered its 40th season Wednesday with 20 former champs completing for a doubled reward of $2 million. While most of the show’s well-known faces are back at work, one particular victor– Season 1 victor Richard Hatch– is notably missing out on.
In a promotional interview for the brand-new Winners at War season, Survivor host as well as exec manufacturer Jeff Probst said, “I didn’t really feel comfortable having him out on the program and also representing a show that is for families,” perhaps mentioning Hatch’s affinity for nudity.
Probst also informed Us Weekly that he wasn’t certain Hatch had ever seriously remained in the conversation for a place in the Season 40 cast. “The bigger consideration was ‘Where is the show now?’ and also ‘Do these 20 winners stand for the program today?'” he stated. “In that sense, we didn’t feel that Rich match the equation.”
Hatch, not surprisingly, differs. “Everybody recognizes the original champion should certainly be on Season 40. I must’ve been on,” he stated in a current YouTube video, prior to contending that he was asked to participate in the all-winners season and finished the whole casting process. “I was told I was the just one that every single producer stated they wanted [on the program] I was gold,” Hatch declares.
Hatch, that claims he withdrew from a PhD program to get involved, states that two days prior to he was readied to fly bent on the place, he and also Survivor: Australian Outback victor Tina Wesson obtained phone calls claiming “points have been stopped briefly.”
Hatch guesses that last fall’s Survivor: Island of the Idols sexual harassment controversy likely doomed his possibilities to appear return to the game. “During the shooting of Season 39, when they recognized points were going to be touchy with respect to unwanted sexual advances, etc., they questioned what it would be like for me, that is a strong number on the program, to participate in Season 40 as well as for those conversations to possibly be continued,” claimed Hatch. “I believe they made a horrendous error in determining to change their plan as well as to eliminate me from the cast. There’s no unwanted sexual advances in my past.”
Hatch’s Borneo period, which aired in the summer season of 2000, was watched by greater than 50 million individuals and also ended up being a social sensation worldwide. Hatch paved the way for fact TELEVISION bad guys and also aided lay the foundation for alliance-building and method not only for Survivor, but for all subsequent competitors collection. He additionally obtained interest for being openly gay. He played again in Survivor: All-Stars where he showed up to massage against fellow Borneo entrant Sue Hawk while nude during an obstacle. Hawk stopped the video game, but later on appeared on The Early Show with Hatch where she said the network assisted deal with the situation which she and Hatch had actually “pertained to terms with it and also consented to move on as well as past it.”
In a current tweet, Hatch pounded the “salacious editing” of All-Stars by CBS, including that the network was “attempting to scapegoat me to prevent their own responsibility for the roast that was last period’s mishandled scenario.”
Hatch is familiar with conflict. In 2006, he was punished to 51 months in government jail for stopping working to pay taxes on his winning check as well as other earnings. He offered 3 years in 2009 and an extra 9 months in 2011 for not modifying his 2000 and also 2001 tax returns, according to Forbes.
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