‘Survivor’: Host Jeff Probst Gets Candid, Spills Details of Dan Spilo’s Exit

Dan Spilo is out. On Wednesday night’s episode of Survivor, Spilo was officially removed from the game. The details surrounding his exit were blurry at first. On the show, host and executive producer Jeff Probst simply announced that Spilo would no longer be in the competition.

Later, the show did give viewers a bit more insight into what happened by flashing a short sentence on the screen.

“Dan was removed from the game after a report of another incident, which happened off-camera and did not involve a player,” the screen read.

But now Probst is opening up about what happened.

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Why did Dan Spilo get removed from ‘Survivor’?

Sources told People that the incident that caused Spilo to be removed from the game occurred after an immunity challenge when the cast and crew were being brought back to the camp. During the boat ride, Spilo allegedly touched a female crew member’s leg. He claimed that the touch was accidental, but production ultimately decided to remove him from the show as this was his second offense of that nature.

Earlier in the season, castaway Kellee Kim accused Spilo of inappropriately touching her and invading her space even when she asked him to stop.

Splilo apologized for making Kim uncomfortable.

“I work in an industry in which the #MeToo movement was formed and allowed — thank God — to blossom and become powerful and strong,” Spilo, who works as a Hollywood agent, said. “My personal feeling is if anyone ever felt for a second uncomfortable about anything I’ve ever done, I’m horrified about that and I’m terribly sorry.”

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How did Dan Spilo take being removed from the game?

Recently, Probst opened up to Entertainment Weekly about how Spilo’s removal all went down.

“When we first told Dan we were pulling him from the game, he was not happy,” Probst told the outlet. “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.”

No other player in the show’s 39 seasons has ever been removed from the game.

“It has been an unprecedented season,” Probst continued. “Complex social issues were woven into the game in a way we have never seen before. 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.”

“We all worked diligently throughout the entire process to make the right decisions and portray an accurate depiction of what took place,” he continued. “We have learned a lot and it will inform our process moving forward. … While we still want to maintain the competitive aspect of the game, above all, we want to ensure that all players always feel safe and respected. These conversations both internally and with outside organizations will continue.”

Fan reactions to Spilo’s exit

Fans were completely onboard with Spilo’s removal.

“So mad at #Survivor producers for not pulling him earlier,” one fan tweeted. “By putting it on the contestant to request his removal, it was putting them in a terrible position.”

“All of this could have been avoided if Survivor pulled Dan Spilo from the game immediately when complaints started,” another fan wrote. “He was allowed to continue to harass people and a lot of b——t could have been avoided. His continued presence ruined this season.”

“I’d say ‘CBS finally did something right about sexual harassment’ but they should’ve done the right thing weeks ago and Dan Spilo wouldn’t have had two and three more chances for further ‘incidents’ CBS and Spilo are gross,” another person wrote.