CBS Investigators and Producers of Survivor have not yet given their conclusions on who leaked the results from Survivor to the ‘Survivor Sucks’ message boards, but Russell Hantz himself is speaking up and he is denying the accusations.
“I’m not sure if I’m supposed to comment on this or not,” Hantz said in an interview with USA Today, “but it is 100% false.”
As we reported earlier, a member of the Survivor site was sued recently by Mark Burnett Productions and CBS for leaking accurate Season 19 and 20 elimination spoilers. The member “flipped” on his source, saying that Hantz is the one that was feeding him the information.
Hantz believes the reason he is used as the scapegoat for such things is because of his reality TV persona. “I am the ‘villain,’ and it’s unfair that people perceive me that way,” said Hantz, “they throw out things that’s not fair to me or my family, and I guess I got to deal with it.”
Whether CBS Investigators and Producers will believe him or not is yet to be seen, but if they prove it was Hantz, he may be on the hook for up to $5 million for the leak. Mark Burnett claimed in a recent press call that he “had no idea” that Hantz had even been accused of leaking, while show host Jeff Probst shrugs off the significance of spoilers.
“They’ve been there since Season 1,” Probst told USA Today. “I think it’s just indicative of the fact that it’s a show that a lot of fans are really rabid about.”
We here at the Yak agree. We all love spoilers, and most Reality sites and their members, including the Yak, post disclaimers so those who don’t want to be spoiled know to avoid the topic. All networks should love that spoilers and the like are getting posted, as it keeps the viewers engaged when the shows aren’t on air and leads to a more dedicated viewership.
What do you think? Do you like show spoilers? Do you think Russell did it, and should he be fined? Leave us a comment and let us know!