Richard Hatch appeals his conviction because the judge wouldn’t allow evidence of cheating on the show

Richard Hatch is appealing his conviction for tax fraud, saying “the judge prevented him from raising allegations that there was cheating during filming of the debut season of the CBS reality TV show,” the AP reports.

Earlier, Hatch’s lawyer claimed that Rich caught fellow cast members cheating, and that as a result, producers agreed to pay the taxes on his winnings.

Specifically, the appeal says, “The excluded testimony eviscerated Hatch’s defense that he had reason to believe the taxes had been paid.” As the AP notes, Hatch and his lawyers want “to have all the convictions overturned.”

He was convicted last January and sentences to more than four years in jail.

‘Survivor’ winner says producers cheated, then agreed to pay his taxes [AP]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.