Survivor producer: “We left out the island experience.”

Survivor producer: “We left out the island experience.”
John Feist, one of four producers who interviewed the castaways on camera regularly during the production of Survivor, says that most of the day-to-day living stuff had to be cut for time reasons. “It was a very difficult physical challenge for these people,” he says. And it was difficult for the crew, too: “All the crew lost weight,” and the first night, they had to sleep on the beach because there were no accommodations for them yet.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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