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Did 'Survivor' Castaway Russell Hantz Leak Spoilers?

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 2nd 2011 1:00PM
Russell Hantz, SurvivorThroughout his three seasons on 'Survivor,' outspoken castaway Russell Hantz has certainly outwitted and outplayed his fellow contestants, if not outlasted.

But now that big mouth could get him in big trouble: 'Survivor' fan Jim Early is accusing Hantz of leaking results for seasons 19 and 20, reports Reality Blurred editor Andy Dehnhart in The Daily Beast.

If Hantz really is guilty, he could be forced to pay up to $5 million for breaking the confidentiality agreement in his contract with CBS.

According to The Daily Beast, 'Survivor' creator Mark Burnett's company DJB Inc. sued Early last year after he posted accurate spoilers on a 'Survivor' message board under the name missyae. The lawsuit was dismissed on Jan. 13 after Early revealed his source: Hantz.

"I did tell them Russell Hantz was their leak," Early told the Daily Beast. "I gave him an email from Russell spoiling something," he added. "They were very happy to get that email, and I have many, many more."

The emails allegedly include the elimination order of 'Survivor: Samoa' contestants and an offer to spill more secrets via telephone. Early said he revealed Hantz as his source "because of his attitude about the whole thing, and because Russell tried to implicate another player, an innocent player, who wasn't giving information."

Hantz, who can be seen competing on 'Survivor: Redemption Island' starting Feb. 16, used his Facebook page to comment obliquely on the matter, saying "If you love the game, you won't go to spoiler sites. Like who really wants to know who wins the superbowl before you watch it play out?"

He also directly called out Early, saying "that missyae is the same person that said kimbo slice and carrie prejean was on survivor 22 lmao !! i never seen them lol."

Video: Russell's Dastardly Deeds

CBS released a statement on behalf of the show that did not comment specifically on the allegations against Hantz, only saying that 'Survivor' has investigated some of the "periodic claims of unauthorized leaks from people connected to the show ... Each time, we've peeled back the curtain to find a subculture of the show with fans/bloggers simultaneously networking and competing with each other for spoiler information while hurling accusations of unfair practices against each other.

"The fervent activity of these sites often generates a confusing web of backstabbing, claims of misinformation and Internet alliances. It's almost like an underground game-within-a-game of 'Survivor' that plays out with the melodrama of a daytime soap and the complexity of Dungeons and Dragons. Outwit, outplay, outlast. It happens more than just on the air."

In January, when CBS announced that Hantz was returning for his third 'Survivor' stint in four seasons, host Jeff Probst told Entertainment Weekly "If you've had too much of Russell, I dare say you're not really a 'Survivor' fan. He embodies 'Survivor.' He's polarizing. You hate him or you love him."

Tell us: Do you hate or love Russell? Do you think he's responsible for the leaks? Will you still watch him on the show if he is the one who spilled the secrets?

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i'm really sick of Boston Rob and especially Russell. It doesnt suprise me one bit that Russell would reveal things about the show. He's all about hurting people and using them to his own advantage. I almost didnt watch this season because of those two, but am giving the other castmates a chance. But why in the heck dont they just vote those two off. Get rid of em and bring in fresh faces for everyone.

March 23 2011 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

boston rob and russell MAKE the show!

February 22 2011 at 10:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How many chances will Survivor give to Boston Rob to TRY and catch up to his wife Amber? It seems the show keeps giving Rob the one more opportunity to show that Rob is just as big a MAN as Amber. After the number of tries Rob should just accept his fate.
I am really tired of the "BOSTON ROB AND RUSSELL SHOW".
I will only watch when you bring back the true Survivor show.

February 06 2011 at 12:16 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I absolutely love Russell he is the best player ever and it is a sorry butt shame that he did not win. The last reunion show when the votes were anounced and Russell did not get any votes was the day I stopped watching survivor. I was so absolutely thrilled to hear that Russell will get another chance he is the ultimate SURVIVOR. I got to meet Russell and Natalie at the Tampa Hard Rock Cafe last year they were really kind. I will again be watching Survivor and loving every second of Russells outwit outsmart outplay he is the Master of the Game. GOOOOOOO Russell

February 05 2011 at 11:20 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

i like when they bring back players. the only thing i don't like is final 3. it should just be the final 2 in front of the jury.

February 04 2011 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Come on, it is so much more interesting with new people because you don't know them or their personalities. Having people you already know makes everything a little to predictable. Heck I can be a backstabbing jerk, give me a try.

February 03 2011 at 1:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

This show is still on. I work out of the country and thought this was over years ago..........

February 03 2011 at 1:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Russell and Boston Rob again?
You just lost me as a survivor fan.
Plenty of interesting people out there. Why don't you get some husband and wife teams?
If you're looking for ratings, I think you'll have to do a lot better than these 2 guys.

February 03 2011 at 10:27 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Russell is nothing but a little troll who lives under a bridge and smells to high heaven. On the show he represents just that and more. I am totally surprised that Mark Brunett is losing touch with reality. Re-hashing characters over and over again damages the show, alienates the viewers, and brings to light that ratings are much more important than having a quality reality show. And quite frankly, by doing that, the show is taking a nose dive. What needs to be done is this, bring in New faces. New people on the show draws in the viewers and puts the audience in a position of power, decisive power, which is a very major data point of the show. Deciding who's good and bad, who to root for and who should be voted off, who you can relate to and who is about as smart as a bag of rocks makes this show go. Hopefully, come summer time, we will see the old show get back on it's feet and truly give the fans something to talk and a real reason to stay home and watch the show. Later...

February 03 2011 at 8:55 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to a20fourfan's comment

HORSEFEATHERS!!!! This isn't the 1st time they brought back characters - they brought back Stephanie and Hillbilly Alabama Boy to be captains of their teams and that was 7-8 seasons ago - if this show was filled with nothing but nice guys - it would completely suck - look at JT during Heroes vs Villians - he decided to give Russell the HII and he got burned with it cause he secretly wanted to play a villian - they all have to deceive and lie at some point - the difference between Rob/Russell and the other ones is, they were upfront from the beginning of how they were going to play only to later win challenges that would save them from being eliminated... The people that won Survivor with these 2 in the top 3 won because they rode Robb & Russell's coat tails - and because most people would rather not accept the fact that they got outwitted, they vote for the one who helped vote them out but didn't "hurt their precious feelings"....

February 03 2011 at 9:51 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I love Russell and will watch him anytime he is on Survivor!

February 03 2011 at 8:08 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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