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]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.