‘Survivor’ Winner Speaks Out On Season 41

Richard Hatch, the unique “Survivor” winner, not too long ago weighed in on various totally different points of the continuing season in a video posted to his YouTube channel. In the video, Hatch gave his tackle various the present castaways, the brand new onslaught of controversial twists and benefits, and the way host Jeff Probst is inserting himself into the sport.

Here is what it is advisable know.

Hatch Describes Production’s New Twists As “Horrific Changes”

Hatch, who’s broadly identified for his iconic look within the first season of “Survivor” again in 2000, on which he spent a lot of his time bare, was additionally nude within the video (not less than from the waist up), with none rationalization. Hatch begins the 51-minute lengthy video by railing towards the variety of twists and benefits launched by manufacturing; twists which have been ramping up lately however are extra prevalent than ever in “Survivor 41”.

Hatch says that though he agrees that “a part of ‘Survivor’ is being ready for twists,” and pressured the significance of adaptability, he additionally stated that “one’s adaptability should be inside the context of the sport.” He stated that most of the current twists which have been launched are”horrific modifications and interferences with what I feel is the sport: Survivor!” He went on to say that the sport as a complete was “in danger, I feel, of being dissolved amidst numerous distractions.”

He highlighted the “Hourglass twist” which appeared in episode 6, whereby contestant Erika Casupanan might “flip again time” and alter the end result of an immunity problem by smashing an hourglass, saying it was “unreasonable.” He defined:

How might that probably be cheap within the sport of Survivor? If you have labored and deliberate and plotted and been sufficiently conscious to get collectively and win a problem…another person’s arbitrary gimmick can steal that from you? Come on!

In introducing such twists, Hatch stated, contestants’ ability on the sport grow to be much less and fewer related, and thereby the essence of “Survivor” is watered down. Hatch defined: “If the sport turns into as arbitrary as I really feel prefer it’s turning into due to Probst and different producers’ lack of knowledge of the sport…in making an attempt to change issues up for no purpose, then we lose. We followers lose our sport.”

Hatch: Probst Is “A Terrible Influence”

Hatch, who has been a vocal critic of “Survivor” host Jeff Probst because the starting of his YouTube channel in February 2020, slammed Probst for various totally different causes, together with the implementation of the brand new twists, which he stated had been “simply pure Probst ego, interjecting himself into the sport.” Hatch went on to say that Probst is “a great host, be a bunch, I say! I do not assume he ought to be making an attempt to extend his profile within the sport of Survivor, and his affect on the sport.” He stated that he believed Probst was now “overly concerned, and stealing airtime, and making selections that undermine what ‘Survivor’ is. It’s unhappy for me to look at.” He went on to say he was “a horrible affect, a extremely disrupting and undermining issue that saddens me.”

He additionally lambasted Probst for what he sees as a pretend persona the host places on for publicity’s sake. He criticized Probst as he “began to get politically right preachy, or socially preachy,” saying that Probst was “pretending, even. It’s not even actual together with his like, ‘come on in guys’ factor that he needed to speak about and get the hype, the highlight on him…rattling silly from my perspective. Infuriatingly [distracting], and never their rattling duty.”

He expounded on that matter, saying that:

as quickly as…these producers, Probst, and the others behind the scenes, step in and begin to preach: eugh!… I can hearken to these concepts by myself if I would like. I do not go to ‘Survivor’ to listen to what you assume as a producer of the show, you need to say those who’s politically right to encourage them to consider that ‘Survivor’ is woke. Oh, puke! It’s actually nauseating to me, maybe as a result of I do know the folks behind it and I do know a lot of the unhappy reasoning that drives a few of these decisions.

Hatch Has His Eye On a Few Players

Hatch wasn’t all crucial of the show; he additionally took a while to share his opinion on among the present castaways.

On the so-called “Black alliance,” consisting of contestants Shan Smith, Liana Wallace, Danny McCray, and Deshawn Radden, Hatch stated:

I’m so enthusiastic about it…there are specific gamers inside that alliance that I feel have the potential to do actually, very well. I’m gonna exit on a limb and say I’m unsure that is Shan anymore. I had some excessive hopes for Shan earlier on, however as we see increasingly footage…I really feel as if the intent with which she started has began to be impacted by the stresses of the sport, and that is harmful.

Hatch additionally highlighted Danny, complimenting the previous NFL soccer participant on his potential to play under-the-radar. “I like me some Danny,” Hatch stated. “This is a man who ought to be horrifying. He’s extremely bodily… he is quiet sufficient…to be questioning what’s actually happening in his head. He contributes, he is observant, ooh! I’ve received my eye on Danny. I feel there might be a lot brewing there.”

He additionally stated, of the Black alliance as a complete, that they need to watch out to not undermine their gameplay just by sticking to an alliance for private causes:

If what they’re doing is sustaining that alliance…with the intention to…this sort of proud second the place 4 Black folks got here collectively and drove the sport to the tip, on the expense of what could be the very best resolution for them on the finish, it might undermine it for all of them. So I want what I had been seeing…is extra dialog about what [strategic] prospects exist.

Finally, Hatch weighed in on arguably the season’s hottest present participant: Xander Hastings. Hatch stated that, “Right now, as I’m taping this, I gotta say, Xander excites me.”

Hatch went on: “I hadn’t been all goo-goo about Xander initially, as a result of I did not understand how he was going to react to being such a goal. But he is accomplished fantastically.” Hatch went on to go with Xander’s ability in garnering benefits, constructing relationships, and, like Danny, having the ability to play comparatively under-the-radar for somebody who ought to be a goal. As Hatch defined it: “somebody who’s as non-threatening as attainable, given how objectively threatening this man actually is… I’m so impressed by so many alternative points of his gameplay. So I say watch this one.”

He additionally complimented Xander’s gameplay because it associated to the pretend idol he utilized in episode 7, praising the 20-year-old for considering forward of time and having the pretend idol as a failsafe, even when he did not know what for on the time he made it. “That’s any individual who’s considering,” Hatch stated. He went on to say he believed Xander “goes to proceed to be making actual strikes, good strikes, that hold him there and additional his sport. Man’s a participant to look at.”

Whether or not the fan favourite will have the ability to proceed to keep away from being focused will solely be revealed because the season progresses. Be certain to catch “Survivor 41” Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET, on CBS.

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