Richard Hatch is one in all the most iconic Survivor gamers regardless of solely returning one time after his preliminary season. He actually made the show what it’s as we speak by coming into “Borneo” with a plan to type an alliance — in a season the place “alliance” was a unclean phrase.
But he wasn’t concerned in season 40, “Winners at War.” Ahead of its premiere, he filmed a video speaking about why CBS pulled him from filming (his phrases) and addressing the long-ago “All-Stars” incident with fellow “Borneo” castaway Sue Hawk.
Hatch Said the Hawk Incident Did Not Happen the Way it Was Portrayed On TV
In the video, Hatch reminds Survivor followers that CBS chooses what to air. Out of hours of footage, CBS airs small quantities of what takes place on the show and it chooses the best way to edit the occasions — and the approach the community edited the notorious steadiness beam problem the place Hawk alleged that Hatch sexually harassed her was not the approach it occurred in actual life.
“One sophisticated piece of the puzzle that individuals do not give an excessive amount of thought to that they need to is that what you noticed of that problem … is simply what CBS decides it’s best to see. People speak about modifying lots over the years … the selections as to which items of what you see are fully as much as CBS,” stated Hatch.
“We’re on this problem and we’re on steadiness beams and the problem has an finish to it, there’s an exit the place you might be headed to get as fast as you may … Sue Hawk was there. She had gone by way of the problem, had already gotten to the finish, might have stepped off onto the platform and actually out of the blue, in the oddest scenario we have seen … Sue rotated, somewhat than finishing the problem, and headed again on the steadiness beam towards me. … I had no thought what she was as much as,” he continued.
“I by no means touched the girl and the problem went on. What you noticed was the edited perspective that CBS wished you to see,” stated Hatch. “What all of us noticed later was very, very totally different. I by no means knew something actually traumatic or problematic even occurred. I went on, folks at the problem did not know … we went on, we performed the remainder of the day, I am going to Tribal Council and I’m voted off.”
But he stated that CBS allowed him to be bare throughout the problem and if it hadn’t been allowed, he by no means would have finished it as a result of he all the time adopted the guidelines of the recreation. He truly by no means even knew about Hawk quitting the recreation over the incident till months later.
“I by no means knew there was a difficulty of any variety in any respect till months later when the show aired. The day earlier than the show aired, CBS known as me and defined what had occurred and what had unfolded. I had not been a part of it, I had not identified it had occurred and I had to consider what on earth that meant,” he stated, including, “Eventually, all of us had been flown to California and watched the footage. This was all collectively — Sue Hawk watched it together with her lawyer, I watched it with my husband and different folks, the executives from CBS had been there, all people. We watched all the footage, unedited.
“Sue Hawk rotated, deliberately instigated one thing. I by no means touched the girl with something. All these feedback in the media about I rubbed my d*** on her … I by no means touched the girl in any approach with any a part of my physique. Sue Hawk did contact me. Sue Hawk violated my house by coming again at me and she or he touched me on the waist. But I by no means touched the girl. I did not provoke the incident,” stated Hatch.
Hawk ended up quitting the show, telling host Jeff Probst the subsequent day that Hatch rubbed up towards her and she or he felt “sexually violated, humiliated, dehumanized and completely spent.”
In case you are curious, the video of the incident has been pulled from YouTube any time somebody posted it. But the episode is offered on CBS All Access and we watched it. Hatch’s recollection of Hawk having completed the problem and coming again at him is wrong. However, she might have gone a special approach on the steadiness beam and she or he did select to return at Hatch. Then once they go one another, Hatch places his fingers up and tries to maneuver previous Hawk. It would not appear like he deliberately rubbed himself on her, however there might have been some contact.
In the latest video, Hatch alleges that earlier than filming all-stars, Hawk talked about making an attempt to “extort” CBS as a result of she felt like she was owed one thing.
“Sue had expressed to many people that she was offended she did not win, she figured she could not win and she or he was going to do what she was in a position to do to extort CBS,” Hatch stated in his video.
He Then Said He Was Pulled From ‘Winners at War’ After Season 39
At the time of the all-stars incident, Hatch and Hawk made amends. They appeared on The Early Show collectively and Hawk stated, “Me and Richard have had an opportunity to take a seat down and hash it out and speak about the incident. And we each have totally different views on it. But we now have come to phrases with it and agreed to maneuver ahead and previous it.”
However, after the Dan Spilo incident throughout “Island of the Idols,” Hatch stated that CBS pulled him from the “Winners at War” cast and he would not suppose that was truthful.
“Here we’re, 16 years later from that incident, after CBS continues to do the identical factor of their selections as to what you noticed about final season, season 39. CBS is accountable for what you noticed, what you suppose, what you consider might need occurred, CBS is aware of what occurred … they’re the ones, not the contestants, Dan, any of the girls, who’ve the huge entire image,” stated Hatch.
He continued, “They, the individuals, aren’t uncovered to what’s true with all of the data, however the producers and CBS are. So right here we sit, CBS, Jeff Probst notably … selecting to scapegoat me, pull me from filming season 40 all winners due to the approach they portrayed an incident that they know I had nothing to do 16 years earlier. In between that point, I’ve been invited to play ‘Heroes vs. Villains,’ ‘Redemption Island,’ I’ve been invited again. They know that I’m a lover of the recreation, I’ve by no means missed an episode … however in addition they know I do know who they’re.”
In a subsequent video, Hatch stated that two days earlier than they had been imagined to fly out to start filming, he and Tina Wesson each acquired calls and stated they had been on pause for filming after which Hatch by no means heard from anybody once more. What he has realized since that telephone name by way of interviews and so forth, the producers determined throughout the filming of season 39 to not permit Hatch to take part.
“I believe they made a horrendous mistake in selecting and deciding to alter their plan and take away me from the cast. There’s no sexual harassment in my previous … the nudity is one thing we’re headed backwards on. Who cares?!” stated Hatch, including, “So for them to now by mendacity and suggesting that I’m not a part of the show they usually would not need that on the air is simply absurd. It’s simply nuts and that is simply them on the lookout for a scapegoat, making an attempt to distract viewers from their accountability in all of what is gone on on Survivor up to now … it is unhappy. It’s foolish. And I believe the followers and the show lose. I believe season 40 would have been higher with me there than with out.”
“I believe Jeff Probst clearly has his favorites and I’m not one in all them any longer as a result of he would not like that I’m gonna inform you identical to it’s, simply what I’m considering, simply the way it occurred. I believe they’d somewhat be extra in charge of what persons are considering and saying if they are often,” stated Hatch.
As for Probst, he advised US Weekly when requested about Hatch not being in the “Winners at War” cast, “Given his historical past on our show, it didn’t appear acceptable. We had been in a special time and totally different tradition again then and we’d by no means let him run a problem bare now. Looking again on it, it simply did not appear to suit. It’s not a slam towards Richard Hatch. He’s simply being Richard Hatch.”
He added, “I did not really feel comfy having him out on the show and representing a show that’s for households. It’s about inspiring youngsters to wish to get out and make one thing and see what they’re able to. This group may be very inspiring.”
If you are questioning when Survivor will return, there’s speak about the manufacturing staff filming three seasons this spring in order that they will air one in the summer time of 2021, one in the fall, after which one in the spring of 2022, however there isn’t any phrase but on if they will make that occur. Probst has stated they’re exploring choices outdoors of Fiji, which is the place the show has filmed since season 33, however there isn’t any official phrase but on when manufacturing will begin again up.