‘Survivor’: Dan Spilo Finally Speaks After Being Removed From the Game

Earlier this month, Survivor shocked everyone by removing castaway Dan Spilo from the game. Initially, there was no real explanation as to why Spilo was ejected from the competition. Viewers were only given a short announcement that flashed on the screen, reading, “Dan was removed from the game after a report of another incident, which happened off-camera and did not involve a player.”

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Since that faithful episode, more details regarding what led to Spilo being removed have come out. Former players, host Jeff Probst, and fans have all given their opinions on what happened. But one person who has remained pretty silent is Spilo…until now.

Why did Dan Spilo get removed?

Spilo was reportedly removed from the game after inappropriately touching a female member of the crew on a boat ride back from an immunity challenge. According to People, Spilo claimed that the touching was accidental as he was merely trying to regain balance on the boat. This was not the Hollywood agent’s first offense of this kind. Earlier in the season, contestant, Kellee Kim had accused him of constantly invading her space and inappropriately touching her despite her protests.

Spilo did not take the news that he would have to leave the show very well.

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“When we first told Dan we were pulling him from the game, he was not happy,” Probst said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly . “We talked through everything for quite a while, and by the time he got on the boat to leave he had calmed down and was actually very respectful as he departed.”

Production has since claimed that they are doing everything in their power to make the game a safe environment for the cast.

“Complex social issues were woven into the game in a way we have never seen before,” Probst continued. “With our contestants’ welfare at the forefront, we have spent a lot of time discussing every layer of the situation with human resources, diversity and inclusion representatives, show therapists, lawyers, publicists, and standards and practices.”

But according to some players, their talks with production were so vague that the castaways had no idea what was going on.

“It was just a very vague blanket statement telling me if I ever felt unsafe, I should let production know,” contestant Aaron Meredith said in an interview with Parade. “There was never any indication that something was going on or that someone had issues.”

What does Dan Spilo have to say about his exit?

Since being removed from the game, Spilo has tried to lay low. But he recently released a statement about the incident to People.

“I am deeply sorry for how my actions affected Kellee during the taping of this season of Survivor,” he wrote. “After apologizing at the tribal council when I first learned that Kellee still felt uncomfortable, I want to make sure I do so again, clearly and unambiguously.”

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“I truly regret that anyone was made to feel uncomfortable by my behavior,” he continued. “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.”