Dan Spilo has not commented publicly on the events of Survivor: Island of the Idols until now, when he was confronted in public by a member of the paparazzi.
Dan was ejected from the show and game after an off-camera incident that Survivor and CBS have declined to give any information about. So he’s been accused of something, and that’s led to speculation.
I’m aware that there’s a report in People about what may have occurred, but I’m uncomfortable sharing that more than I already have because it’s not clear that the person involved has decided to share their story; the information is attributed to unnamed “people involved with the show’s production.”
Let me be clear: I’m uninterested in what Dan has to say about what happened on Survivor because there is crystal clear video evidence of Dan touching Kellee repeatedly after she asked him not to. It doesn’t matter what his intent was. She said stop, he did not. Case closed. And then he was given considerable time at Tribal Council to defend himself while she was silenced.
The people who deserve attention and a platform are those who had their lives—and Survivor games—affected by Dan’s actions.
And the people we need to hear from are Jeff Probst, other Survivor producers, and executives at CBS to explain why they made the choices they did.
So I probably wouldn’t be writing this story had he not been ejected, because again, I don’t care what he has to say about that. But since the show booted Dan after, in Survivor’s words, “a report of another incident, which happened off-camera and did not involve a player,” I was interested in his response.
What Dan said when confronted by a paparazzo
However, Dan did not say much when given the chance on Thursday.
In a video attributed to Lion’s Share News, a paparazzi outlet, and published by the Daily Mail, Dan is repeatedly asked about what happened as he plugs in a car, walks down a street, and gets into another car driven by someone else.
Mostly, he says he cannot comment. And he does not say why he can’t comment: on the advice of his lawyer? Because there’s been a settlement? Because CBS won’t let cast talk to the media without permission? Because he’ll be talking at the reunion instead?
In the brief, 40-second video, Dan is first asked, “Anything you can say about what happened on the show?”
“No, I’m not allowed to comment, so….” Dan says.
He’s then asked, “Did the misconduct happen?” and Dan replies, “You know, I wish I could comment—believe me, I wish I could comment. I really do.”
Dan is asked, “Do you deny the accusations?” (It’s unclear what the questioner is referring to, but in my mind the only “accusation” is what happened off camera. The rest was filmed and broadcast and ceases to be an accusation, because we saw it happen.)
“Like I said, I really wish I could comment,” Dan says.
When he’s asked, “Do you regret anything?”, Dan says only, “I appreciate you coming and talking to me. I appreciate you coming and talking to me. I really do.”
The last question he’s asked is “Any apologies?”
“I apologized on the show,” Dan says, and it’s perhaps notable that he’s not apologizing now. He continues: “but again, there’s really no comment. I appreciate you coming and talking to me.”
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