The long running reality program Survivor has officially been rocked by a scandal.
On the most recent episode of Survivor: Islands of the Idols, contestants Kellee Kim and Dan Spilo found themselves smack dab in the middle of a televised scandal, with Kim accusing Spilo of ‘inappropriate touching’ during the taping of the show.
And she wasn’t the only one.
“It’s inappropriate touching,” fellow contestant Missy Byrd said during the show as she discussed the situation with not only Kim but also contestant Elizabeth Beisel, who had also experienced an uncomfortable run-in with Spilo. “I’m not an object.”
Longtime Survivor host Jeff Probst sat down with Entertainment Weekly about the situation and went into detail about the situation was handled.
“When we met privately with Dan, we told him that his actions were making some of the women uncomfortable and reminded him that personal boundaries must be respected at all times,” Probst recounted during the interview. “We also informed him this was an official warning.”
Probst went on to say that he was the one that contacted CBS once he found out what was going on and credited the women for going on with the game.
“To her credit, Kellee (Kim) stated that she felt the issue could be handled by the players involved and did not want us to take any action on her behalf,” he said. “And as you saw in her earlier conversation with Missy (Byrd,) both women were very clear that they were not going to let one person ‘blow up their game.’”