Survivor's Russell Hantz Denies Leaking Results

The tribe of investigators retained by CBS and the producers of Survivor has not yet spoken, but Russell Hantz has — and he’s denying an accusation that he leaked results from the long-running reality series to a website.

Russell Hantz Accused of Spoiling Survivor

“I’m not sure if I’m supposed to comment on this or not,” Hantz said in an interview with USA Today, “but it is 100% false.”

According to an exposé by The Daily Beast, a member of a Survivor gossip site sued by Mark Burnett Productions and CBS for leaking Season 19 and 20 elimination spoilers ultimately flipped on his source, saying that Hantz was the one feeding him intel.

Hantz suggests that his reality-TV persona is what convincingly landed him in the crosshairs. “I am the ‘villain,’ and it’s unfair that people perceive me that way,” said the 38-year-old Texan, whose third Survivor run kicks off when Redemption Island premieres this Wednesday at 8/7c. “They throw out things that’s not fair to me or my family, and I guess I got to deal with it.”

Survivor Vets Russell Hantz and ‘Boston’ Rob Will Seek Redemption

Whether Hantz will ever have to pay the piper for his allegedly loose lips (by some accounts, he contractually could be on the hook for $5 million) remains to be seen. Survivor sire Mark Burnett claimed in a recent press call that he “had no idea” that Hantz had even been accused of leaking, while show host Jeff Probst shrugs off the significance of spoilers.

“They’ve been there since Season 1,” Probst told USA Today. “I think it’s just indicative of the fact that it’s a show that a lot of fans are really rabid about.”

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  1. Tommy says:

    Jeff Probst would be all over this with anger if it was anyone other than Russell accused of this illegal activity. Yes it’s illegal!

    More importantly random people post these results on non spoiler locations and ruin it for the rest of us. Im staying off every article starting today about this show.

    But back to my first thought. Jeff loves him some Russell. He has made it perfectly clear that he thinks Russell is the most interesting player ever. I would be curious to see how Jeff would have answered to the question if a random person like Sash leaked last seasons list?

  2. Spikenalabama says:

    I would not be at all surprised to find out that Russell leaked that info. Seems just like something his “reality-TV persona” would do.

  3. Dexx says:

    People were leaking info before his seasons and even last season. That doesn’t mean that he didn’t leak for his but does mean that the problem goes way beyond him.

  4. C4SOUND says:

    Russell Hantz is the reason I stopped watching Survivor.

  5. JohnDoe says:

    Not excited about Redemption Island. We all know this show is going to turn into the Rob vs. Russell show, with the cardboard cutout recruited players from California in the background doing nothing. Boring. Survivor is desperate for viewers at this point, since the viewership continues to fall.

    • JD says:

      Survivor has ups and downs like any show. Most tv shows that have been on for more than 5 years loose some viewership. People move or change shows. Common sense tells us that there are more people out there to target who can become new viewers and/or fans. Survivor is simply doing what it all shows do – look to bring in new viewers. And SERIOUSLY if you’re “not excited” about RI than what the heck are you doing here??? I just love it when you closet fans come out and show yourselves – always good for a laugh.

  6. Dale says:

    I agree. Russell is the reason I also stopped watching Survivor and as much as I always enjoyed the show, Russell is SO aweful that I quit watching 2 episodes before the end of his first time on the show and will not watch again.

  7. She says:

    Russell and Rob are the only reason for me watching the show this season.