Richard Hatch loses his appeal

The original winner of Survivor will still be in prison when the show’s 16th season debuts Thursday, as Richard Hatch’s appeal to the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was denied on Friday.

Hatch and his attorney appealed his conviction, saying he wasn’t allowed to present evidence that CBS promised to pay his taxes once he discovered other cast members cheating. “The failure of Hatch to present any evidence of such conversations when invited by the court strongly suggested that no actual promises were made, and no such ‘deal’ actually existed. It was not the court’s right, much less duty, to put words in Hatch’s mouth,” the appellate judges said in their decision.

Besides Hatch’s failure to mention it, “Burnett was never asked about the purported quid pro quo when he took the stand. The appeals court said [Hatch’s attorney Michael] Minns presented no other evidence to support Hatch’s claim of a deal,” the AP reports.

Hatch’s attorney said they may appeal to the Supreme Court. “He is scheduled to be released in October 2009,” according to the AP.

‘Survivor’ winner’s tax conviction upheld [AP]

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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.