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An open letter to ex-con Richard Hatch

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 16th 2009 1:06PM
richard_hatch_survivorDear Rich,

You don't mind if I call you Rich, do you? I feel like I know you well. And it's not just because I watched you walking around naked on an island somewhere either. No, it's because you were on Survivor twice and in both those instances, you really impressed me with your game-playing. You deserved to win that first Survivor. You earned it, Richard Hatch. You outwit, outplayed and outlasted all the rest, including Sue who probably wanted to kill you.

So, now that you're out of jail -- hopefully for good -- I'm rooting for you to get your stuff together and move on with life. That means shut your mouth. Stop yapping about how the authorities are conspiring against you. Stop saying it's because you're gay.

The first thing you must do is pay the back taxes on the prize money you legitimately won. Surely, you know that's how they got Al Capone. Pay the IRS, man. Start a payment system, they'll accept that.

But mostly, Rich, start over on and stop looking back. The Survivor thing should have given you a real boost in a career as a celebrity. You screwed it up, big time, but I still think you have potential. You're one of the most famous winners ever on the reality circuit -- make that infamous -- and you can use that to do something else.

Write a book, no a novel. Stick to fiction. Or go back to radio, but talk about things other than your case.

I have faith in you. I wouldn't trust you as far as I could throw you, but I don't bear any ill will. I'm ready to hear that you're a success again. If you can survive this and survive Survivor, you're surely capable of a new start. Maybe you can dance with the stars?

Best,
Allison

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hermitlibrarian

I don't think it is double jeopardy. They sent him to jail for failure to pay, as a punishment for not carrying out his legal duty. He still has to pay, it isn't an even exchange of, oh, a year in jail for a million dollars.

October 16 2009 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nacho

Wait, so he went to jail and he STILL has to pay back the money he owes? That's not right, is it?

They couldn't bust him again for the same crime could they? Isn't that double jeopardy?

October 16 2009 at 3:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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