Russell Hantz dislikes family Survivor twist, too

News that Survivor is talking to previous cast members about returning along with family members for season 27 of the show has intrigued some fans and horrified others. Among those are many people fearful this is an excuse for Jeff Probst and company to re-cast Russell Hantz, but that’s not going to happen, at least according to Russell–but if it did he’d be really popular.

First, Russell posted a link to my story, first just asking for feedback:

He then tagged Brandon; his brother, Shawn; and his brother, Willie, who was kicked off Big Brother, and added a hashtag version of “don’t get your hopes up.”

In typical form, Russell then insisted that having all four Hantz men on the same season would increase ratings for Survivor:

But then, five minutes later, he insisted he would not participate:

And then he said he disapproves of the concept and that it will lead to fewer viewers, and magnanimously encouraged CBS and Jeff Probst to cast new people (which, incidentally, Probst said will happen for one of next year’s two seasons):

In summary, Russell hates the concept as much as you do, agrees new people should be cast instead, and wouldn’t participate if he was asked–but if he and the three other CBS Hantz men did participate, the show would be a huge success, to paraphrase Donald Trump.

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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.