Why ‘Survivor’ Contestant Dan Spilo Was Booted from Show

Dan Spilo, a contestant on Survivor: Island of the Idols, was abruptly removed from the game due to an off-camera incident, but what happened?

At the end of Wednesday’s episode, it was revealed that the 48-year-old Hollywood agent was taken out of the game, making him the first contestant in the history of the show to be removed.

Dan Spilo 'Survivor' contestant
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Spilo Removed from Show After Off-Camera Incident

Host Jeff Probst told the remaining contestants that Spilo had been removed from the game, but he did not elaborate on the reason why.

And the explanation that appeared on screen didn’t give much more insight, only stating that “Dan was removed from the game after a report of another incident, which happened off-camera and did not involve a player.”

So what exactly happened off-camera that warranted such an abrupt removal?

When contacted for a statement, a representative for Spilo refused to comment on the episode. CBS also declined to comment on the incident in question.

Even host Jeff Probst refused to give any further details. When asked about it during an interview after the episode, he merely responded, “The question is a fair and reasonable one. I’ve endeavored to be as forthcoming as possible with you regarding everything that has happened this season. In this situation, out of respect for privacy and confidentiality, I can’t say any more.”

Show’s Production Team Spills the Details

However, sources involved with the show’s production have spoken about what really happened.

The incident in question involved a member of the show’s production team, and happened after an immunity challenge. And even though it happened off-camera, at least one of the other remaining contestants witnessed it.

Spilo allegedly touched a female crew member’s leg while the contestants were boarding a boat to transport them back to camp.

Spilo insisted that it was accidental, and that he had lost his balance while trying to get into the boat. However, the production team wasn’t convinced. Producers consulted with the show’s legal team, and ultimately decided to eject him from the show.

The off-camera incident came only weeks after Spilo had been accused of inappropriately touching a female contestant, Kellee Kim.