Kellee Kim has broken her silence about the expulsion of Dan Spilo from the game.
Despite being 39 seasons, Island of the Idols may well go down in history as the most controversial season of CBS reality TV series Survivor.
After saying goodbye to a favorite with the fans, a shocking extra scene was added at the end of last night’s episode. As those who have watched all 39 seasons of the series know, an episode usually ends after the tribal council. It is extraordinarily unusual for there to be another scene after the tribal. So both viewers and castaways were overwhelmed when Jeff Probst walked on the beach to appeal to everyone.
Jeff remarked that a ‘decision had been made’ and Dan Spilo wouldn’t return to the game. He kept explaining that he wouldn’t be a juror either. Many people quickly assumed that this was related to Kelle Kim’s earlier accusations.
Things were kept very vague for viewers at home with a message displayed across the screen.
“Dan was removed from the game after a report of another incident, which happened off-camera and did not involve a player.”
While, as we have reported previously, rumors suggest that something happened outside the camera between Dan Spilo and a member of the production team, no one really knows what happened. Probst explained that out of respect for privacy he can’t say any more.
The latest rumor is that he touched the leg of someone on the production team. Then he insisted on losing his balance as he got on a boat. It was rumoured that at least one shipwreck had seen the incident. They finally determined that the touch was not accidental. However, this information has not been confirmed.
So, how does Kellee Kim feel about Dan’s ejection from the game?
As viewers can remember, Kellee Kim and several other women in the tribe approached Janet. They shared how uncomfortable they felt about Dan Spilo. Many could tell stories about cases where he made them feel uncomfortable.
As the mother of the tribe, Janet was ready to go to war for the young women. Unfortunately, several of the women in the tribe determined the timing and the reasoning was wrong. So they threw Janet under the bus and pretended nothing was wrong.
Now that Dan Spilo has been thrown out of the game for what is supposed to be the same as what Kellee Kim brought to light … Many wonder: how does Kellee Kim feel? Is she happy? Is justice served? Or is she angry that something hadn’t been done before?
As People Magazine reminds us, Dan Spilo defended herself and apologized after Kellee Kim was removed from the game.
“I work in an industry in which the #MeToo movement was formed and allowed — thank God — to blossom and become powerful and strong. My personal feeling is if anyone ever felt for a second uncomfortable about anything I’ve ever done, I’m horrified about that and I’m terribly sorry.”
She is both furious and relieved with how things played out.
The former castaway took to Twitter to issue a statement regarding Dan Spilo’s ejection from the game.
Kellee Kim commented that she was happy that his removal “confirmed the concerns” that she had raised at the beginning of the season. However, she was not happy with the timing. In addition, she was not happy that he had to have other victims before anyone came in.
“CBS and Survivor were aware of Dan’s behavior from the first days of the game. And, as Survivor fans know, I was voted on the show shortly after speaking on camera. Since then, I have accepted sincere, sincere apologies from fellow shipwrecked people, but I am still disappointed at how this pattern of behaviour was allowed to continue for so long,” Kim continued.
“While I wish many things had gone differently, I’m glad that my decision to speak up made a difference. What is most important to me now is how all of us — CBS, Survivor, other organizations, and all of us as individuals — decide to learn from this story and commit to take action.”
Kellee Kim ended her message by noting that many people had reached her. And she is grateful. She also mentioned that several members of the cast have made up for it. Kim hopes that both the production team and the network will learn from the incident. She hopes that someone will intervene if something like this ever happens again.