For the first time in the history of the CBS reality staple “Survivor,” a contestant has been booted off the show because of a conduct issue.
“Dan Spilo, a 48-year-old talent manager, was the first contestant asked to leave the game in the show’s 39 seasons,” CNN reports.
The report notes that a title card appeared on the screen at the end of Wednesday night’s episode, stating: “Dan was removed from the game after a report of another incident, which happened off-camera and did not involve a player.”
CBS declined to elaborate.
“Spilo’s behavior on the show had been a plot line this season,” CNN notes. “Kellee Kim, one of the other contestants on ‘Survivor’ this season, had made it known that she was uncomfortable with the way in which he touched her and on day 22 of filming the show issued an official warning to Spilo.”
Kim later criticized the show’s handling of the situation, writing on Twitter: “CBS and Survivor were on notice of Dan’s behavior from the very first days of the game. And, as Survivor fans know, shortly after I spoke up on camera, I was voted off the show. Since then, I’ve accepted genuine, heartfelt apologies from fellow castaways, but I’ve continued to feel disappointed by how this pattern of behavior was allowed to occur for so long.”