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Survivor contestant fired from job for going on TV

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 19th 2009 2:30PM
SurvivorPossible spoiler follows, though I don't think so. But I'll still use the word "they" instead of "he" or "she."

It must be hard to go on a reality show. Besides the insults you're bound to get from viewers, critics, family, and friends (unless you win a bunch of money, of course), you have to leave your job for quite some time. Then again, if you're going on a reality show to live on an island or in a house or whatever, you're probably looking for another life for yourself anyway.

One of the contestants from Survivor has been let go from their job. But they don't seem to care.

Coach has been fired from his soccer coaching position by Southwest Baptist University. Officials at the school say that Ben Wade (that's his real name when he's not going by, um, "Coach") told them that he was only going to be gone for a week but the week "went beyond that, which went beyond that, which went beyond that." I wonder if that's a clue that Coach will be on the show for a while. Of course, even contestants who are voted off early have to stick around out of the public for several weeks, so maybe it's not a clue at all. Still, I would think he would have known that he would be gone for more than a week. He did return to the school two months later, in mid-December.

Coach says that he's not worried because he's "going to be the next big thing on the big screen." I'm sure statements like that won't have many viewers rooting for him. Survivor airs tonight at 8 on CBS.

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Emily

@jennifer: If I managed to get on Survivor, my boss wouldn't fire me because he is such a fan of the show. He wouldn't pay me, but would do a "leave of absence" thing.

Coach creeps me out. I truly hope he doesn't coach a girls team. Just seeing the way he was behaving towards Candice creeped me out.

February 20 2009 at 9:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Karen

I would think that even if you manage to swing a leave of absence thing (and not all jobs can do that) how you come off during the show may have an effect on whether you still have a job when you get back. :)

February 20 2009 at 12:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sara

He DOES coach a woman's team. And worse yet, he told them the reason he was leaving (mid season) was to go in the hospital for tests regarding brain cancer.

Then he disappeared for 8 weeks.

Yeah, great role model.

February 20 2009 at 6:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bob

COACH IS A DIM WIT ANYHOW .HE'S ON SOME KIND OF EGO TRIP . IN THE SHOWS TO COME HE WILL PROVE HOW STUPID HE REALLY IS , HE LOOKS LIKE A LOSER TO ME " ALOT OF SMOKE BUT NO FIRE " .

February 20 2009 at 6:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jennifer

I always wonder about the employment of people on reality shows. You really can't hold down 99% of "normal" jobs out there and still stay employed while doing a reality show- they just won't let you be out that long. Two weeks is most jobs' max, certainly not two months. Kind of sad that you have to quit in order to go on one, but there it is.

So...yeah.

February 19 2009 at 6:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GL

I would have fired him too.

February 19 2009 at 4:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott Schrantz

I think nobody goes home until the whole show is over. If you're the first one out, you spend four weeks in a hotel room doing crossword puzzles. So it was stupid of him to tell his job that he'd be gone one week, but knowing that he was gone two months is not a spoiler at all.

February 19 2009 at 4:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Sassone

Gah. I see that now, thanks for the heads up.

February 19 2009 at 4:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Sassone

I meant I wouldn't say until after the jump, heh.

February 19 2009 at 3:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Nacho

You still have "his job" before the jump, fyi. :)

February 19 2009 at 3:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CDB

Next big thing on the big screen, huh?

Well good for you Coach!

Now, I hope he gets voted out tonight :)

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February 19 2009 at 3:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chester

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February 19 2009 at 3:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nacho

Not that I really think this is a huge spoiler, but did you forget your first paragraph when you were writing the rest of the article?

February 19 2009 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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