Brandon Hantz banned from Survivor reunion as Russell Hantz threatens Phillip Sheppard

Brandon Hantz won’t be present for the Survivor Caramoan reunion on Sunday, having apparently been told he cannot attend by CBS and/or the show’s producers. Meanwhile, Russell Hantz has threatened Phillip Sheppard, even suggesting he’ll go to jail as a result of whatever he does to Phillip.

The exclusion of a cast member from the reunion would be unprecedented in Survivor history, and it’ll be interesting to hear how Jeff Probst explains Brandon’s absence. If only CBS, Probst, or whoever made this decision had made the same decision a year ago and not cast Brandon on season 26. (That said, Russell actually makes an interesting point in one of these tweets: CBS cleared him to appear on the season, the producers left him on the beach far longer than they should have, and now they’ve decided it’s not okay?)

There was chatter about Brandon’s exclusion from the finale earlier this week, but I wasn’t able to confirm anything beyond that cast members were talking about the possibilities. In a series of tweets last night, Brandon’s uncle, Russell Hantz, confirmed it and assigned blame:

As he did in the tweet above, Russell again suggested he may appear at the finale, and pretty clearly threatened Phillip, although his writing and the pronouns in the third tweet here makes it sound like he’s retained an attorney who will bail him out after he attacks the attorney:

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