One solid member was noticeably lacking from the ‘Survivor: Island of the Idols’ reunion present on Dec. 18 — Dan Spilo was not welcome to attend the present after being ejected from the sport this season.
UPDATE DEC. 17 AT 10:45 P.M. ET: Jeff Probst addressed the state of affairs with Dan on the Survivor reunion present on Dec. 17. He sat down for a one-on-one interview with Kellee and personally apologized to her for not dealing with issues accurately. “If it happened today, we would handle it much differently,” Jeff mentioned. “We’ve already taken important steps to lay out new policies, procedures, rules and methods for reporting that will create a better and safer environment.” He added, “You had been proper. You had been proper to talk up. You had been proper to step ahead, regardless of lots of danger and to talk your reality. I need to acknowledge and apologize on your ache. You didn’t ask for it and also you didn’t deserve it.
Kellee admitted that the toughest a part of the state of affairs for her was that Dan acquired to remain within the sport after she got here ahead together with her claims about his inappropriate touching. “I felt like I spoke up and I was not being supported or believed,” she admitted. “When someone goes through something like this, to not be supported and not be believed is really the hardest thing.”
Kellee mentioned that this complete factor was a extremely “hard situation” for her, however revealed that she hopes that season 39 of Survivor will not be outlined by it. “I hope it’s defined by change,” she concluded. “I really feel like I may be actually pleased with the truth that I spoke up and I requested for these adjustments and CBS and Survivor are making these adjustments as a result of I requested. I’ve to essentially imagine on the finish of the day that people and establishments are able to change.” Jeff assured her that, at CBS and Survivor, they’re “committed to it.”
ORIGINAL STORY: Dan Spilo induced main controversy on Survivor: Island of the Idols, and he was not invited to the finale reunion present due to it. For the primary time ever, the Survivor reunion present was pre-taped, then aired again through the three hour finale on Dec. 18, as a result of delicate nature of what occurred with Dan this season. The 48-year-old was ejected from the sport through the Dec. 11 episode, following an incident that passed off off-camera. The precise particulars of what occurred weren’t revealed, and the remaining tribe members (Tommy Sheehan, Lauren Beck, Dean Kowalski and Noura Salman) solely came upon in regards to the resolution when Jeff Probst unexpectedly confirmed up at their camp on the morning of day 36.
“Alright, so need to share some news,” Jeff advised them. “I just spoke privately with Dan and I want to update you guys. A decision has been made and Dan will not be returning to the game. He will not be coming back to camp. He won’t be on the jury. He’s gone.” The group was not given any particular particulars about what occurred. In truth, so far as they knew (on the time), Dan might have made the choice to go away the sport himself. However, viewers got a bit extra info, when a message popped up on the display screen on the finish of the episode. “Dan was removed from the game after a report of another incident, which happened off-camera and did not involved a player,” the notice learn.
This was not the primary time that Dan’s conduct has been referred to as into query on Island of the Idols. On the very first day of filming, Kellee Kim expressed concern over feeling uncomfortable by how sensitive Dan was. She raised her issues to him, and he promised to cease. However, the topic got here up once more through the tribe merge, when Missy Byrd and Elizabeth Beisel advised Kellee that Dan additionally made them really feel uncomfortable.
Production ultimately intervened, and spoke with all of the tribe members about whether or not or not they felt unsafe with Dan within the sport. Dan was given an official warning about his conduct, and when he confronted the ladies about it at camp, Missy and Elizabeth denied that he made them really feel uncomfortable. Instead, they mentioned that they simply made these feedback to Kellee as a sport transfer. The girls obtained main backlash for this, particularly after Kellee’s emotions had been validated by Dan being ejected from the sport.
For practically every week after the episode the place Dan was ejected aired, he stayed silent. However, he launched his first assertion on the topic on Dec. 17. “I’m deeply sorry for the way my actions affected Kellee through the taping of this season of Survivor,” Dan advised People. “After apologizing at tribal council when I first learned that Kellee still felt uncomfortable, I want to make sure to do so again, clearly and unambiguously. I truly regret that anyone was made to feel uncomfortable by my behavior. 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.”
Kellee took to Twitter to challenge her response to Dan’s assertion. “It’s curious that Dan has decided to publicly apologize to me — and just me — on the eve of the #Survivor39 finale for a series of inappropriate incidents that occurred months ago and impacted a number of women on set,” she wrote. “I really hope that a few of this self-reflection is actual and that Dan adjustments his conduct going ahead. For me, this assertion solely underscores the accountability of CBS and Survivor to take motion to stop something like this from taking place once more sooner or later.”
On Dec. 17, CBS additionally introduced its resolution to place new tips in place following what occurred this season. For a full breakdown of the assertion, go to our sister website, Variety. The state of affairs is anticipated to be mentioned additional through the reunion present on Dec 18.