Survivor Removes Dan Spilo Citing 'Another Incident' After Sexual Harassment Controversy

TVGuide.com | 12/11/2019 | Megan Vick
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Survivor contestant Dan Spilo was finally removed from Island of the Idols in the penultimate installment after another incident of inappropriate behavior. Host Jeff Probst informed the remaining contestants at the end of Wednesday's episode that Spilo would not be continuing in the game, he would not return to camp, and he would not be participating in the jury. A title card following the episode read, "Dan was removed from the game after a report of another incident, which happened off-camera and did not involve a player." Spilo is the first player to be removed from the game due to inappropriate behavior in 39 seasons.

Spilo made headlines earlier this season after fellow contestant Kellee Kim and other female players made complaints about the LA talent manager's inappropriate touching. Kim's complaints prompted the producers to step in during the Nov. 14 episode, supporting Kim during her confessional, in which she was visibly upset about Spilo's behavior. That episode also came with a disclaimer that the contestants were counseled together and individually about personal boundaries, and Spilo was issued a warning about his behavior. However, at the end of the episode Kim was eliminated from the competition and Spilo remained in the game.

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The fan reaction to the controversy forced CBS and Survivor production company MGM to make a joint statement regarding how Kim's complaints were handled on the show.

"In the episode broadcast last night, several female castaways discussed the behavior of a male castaway that made them uncomfortable," the statement read. "During the filming of this episode, producers spoke off-camera to all the contestants still in the game, both as a group and individually, to hear any concerns and advise about appropriate boundaries. A formal warning was also given to the male castaway in...
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