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post #211 of 247
I wanted Lex outta there ! Maybe next week. . . . . He gets way too "intense" when he talks about the others. I like Tom more and more and he "hurls a mean club". . . .He really wiped out those clay jars !
post #212 of 247
I get a real kick out of Tom....he seems like a really down to earth guy...someone I could sit down with, have a beer, and a great conversation! ( I still want Ethan to win, though)

I think I did a little dance in the living room when Lex DIDN'T win immunity this week, but I was really angry that he didn't get voted off....what was Kim thinking?????
post #213 of 247
In my opinion lecherous Lex deserves to win more than Kim J. as she is not really a stand up sort of person and just flows along with her old tribal lines. She also hasn't done much to merit winning as she fulbbed up many a competition early on. You know they will turn on her like rabid hyenas soon enough. Of course as soon as the words are typed on the screen the thought comes to mind that she will take the whole game. And I would be disappointed.

Tom's family is just as perverted as he is! His son "chasing beaver" and his wife "riding her old stud" since Tom's not there . Oh I was just rolling. Tom is really a fun sort of person and I would like to see him and Ethan in the final two. I still like Theresa, but I know she will be going next week. I can understand why she'd have thoughts to get rid of Ethan as he is really the biggest threat to everyone right now.
post #214 of 247
Illusion...I also got a kick out of the comments Tom's family made!!! Too funny!! And his son is not too bad looking, I noticed!
post #215 of 247
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Lex has made a pact with the devil!!!
post #216 of 247
That damned Lex I don't want to see him win the $1 million! I guess I want Ethan to win, if it comes down to him & Lex. I don't think the jury will vote for Lex.

I almost beginning to think Survivor is rigged somehow..... There was an article in Glamour (might've been Cosmo) about a former contestant trying to sue Mark Burnett .....
post #217 of 247
Lex is going to win, and if he does than I guess the motto is a-holes win in life? He says the visit to the hospital will change him for life- hmmmph! Bet it doesn't...bet when he wins, he doesn't donate any money towards the AIDS hospital.
post #218 of 247
Last week they had the perfect chance to vote him off -- what a coincidence that he won both challenges, again! He's such an *******, if you ask me!
post #219 of 247
Originally posted by Tigger

I almost beginning to think Survivor is rigged somehow..... There was an article in Glamour (might've been Cosmo) about a former contestant trying to sue Mark Burnett .....
One of the original cast aways on the 1st Survivor is suing. It was the irritating female lawyer who was off early - Stacy. She was in Scary Richard's tribe. She states that Mark Burnett (the producer/creator) convinced some tribe members to vote her off in a private discussion she heard with Burnett & Dirk (tribe member). She also says some of the things were staged after the event was over - such as pictures of the walking into tribal council etc. From what I know it has been to court & Dirk had to testify. I don't know what the result was though.
post #220 of 247
By Peter Lance (Los Angeles 4/29/01) This isn't so much a post-mortem on Episode 13 as a brief on the "real" SURVIVOR drama that's unfolding behind the scenes. Not the story line on the blockbuster game show that culminates Thursday night on CBS, but the one whose next "challenge" will be heard in Dept. 57 of L.A. Superior Court on May 17th. Given the predictability of S II with it's commercial cross-plugs, and "enhanced" Challenges favoring Colby, there's no question now that the real "drama" behind SURVIVOR will be fought by contestants armed not with slingshots and boomerangs but with briefcases and law degrees.

The heart of Stacey Stillman's claim is an allegation of fraud; namely that the producers of SURVIVOR had promised her a fair game, then altered the course of play by favoring one contestant over another. In her case, it was the beloved 72-year old ex-Navy SEAL curmudgeon Rudy Boesch. Stacey says that on the morning of the Day 9 Tribal Council Mark Burnett pulled Sean and Dirk aside and suggested they boot her off. That's exactly what they did that night and Rudy, more closely reflecting the olrder CBS demographic, stayed until the Final Four. Ironically, the next time Sean got a chance to vote somebody off the Island, he wrote Rudy's name on the paper. And in a double irony, at that same Tribal Council, his buddy Dirk was given the boot.

On SURVIVOR, what goes around always comes around.

Sean has denied the charge, although he acknowledged that Burnett met with him and told him to vote his conscience. When I interviewed Dirk for THE STINGRAY last fall he issued several non-denial denials. But when Stacey brought suit on February 5th against CBS and Burnett, she alleged that Dirk had gone even further, sending a two page typewritten letter to Burnett on May 8th of 2000.

In it, according to Stacey, Dirk confirmed that he'd been "solicited and manipulated" into voting her off. The letter, could prove to be the "smoking gun" of this multi-million dollar case and on April 9th Dirk gave a reported six hour deposition under oath, during which he was asked to authenticate it.

The lawyers for SEG Inc., the partnership of CBS & SURVIVOR Productions that's suing Stacey, asked the court to seal Dirk's depo and any exhibits as "confidential," arguing that if they saw the light of day they could jeopardize the "trade secret" of how SURVIVOR is produced. But as a viewer and a reporter trying to understand the truth in all this, I had to wonder. What could be hiding in Dirk's testimony beyond an embarrassing confirmation of Stacey's claim? After all, the real "trade secret" of SI was revealed on August 23rd, 2000 when Richard Hatch was declared the winner.

I didn't interview Stacey for my book until weeks after that. I didn't talk to Dirk until October, so why would CBS be concerned about what the two Castaways had told me? What was hiding behind the SURVIVOR "curtain?"

I spoke briefly to Dirk a few days after Stacey sued CBS and corroborated the allegations of producer "manipulation" that were in THE STINGRAY. Mr. Been confirmed for me the existence of the "smoking gun" letter and promised to tell the truth if called to testify in court.

Then a few weeks later, CBS struck back. Stacey was sued by SEG, Inc for breach of contract as a result of her interviews with me. THE STINGRAY was cited multiple times in their complaint. In effect, Stacey was being sued for blowing the whistle.

I wondered where Dirk Been would come down in all of this and I got an inkling on April 18th when I called him to get a comment on his deposition. He slammed the phone down and accused me of harassing him. Later on I got a call from his attorney, who threatened to sue me for "harassment" if I contacted Dirk without first talking to him or Dirk's publicist. That's right. The ex-Wisconsin dairy farm, rumored to be living in his car for a time, now has an expensive L.A. lawyer and a publicist.

So afraid that his purportedly truthful testimony about the behind-the-scenes of SURVIVOR will come out, Dirk has now filed a Motion For a Protective Order to keep his deposition and the exhibits secret. (CLICK TO READ).

In it Dirk sounds more like Greta Garbo than a game show contestant who thrust himself into the vortex of public scrutiny by applying to compete on SURVIVOR.

He says "In the days after Stacey Stillman filed her lawsuit against CBS and Mark Burnett, I was blitzed with telephone calls from reporters."

One example of what he calls "unwanted press intrusion" came, according to Dirk, when Pat O'Brien of Access Hollywood had the audacity to ask him questions about the Stillman lawsuit "while I was walking down the runway at the Grammy's ceremony in Los Angeles."

All of this sounds a bit ungrateful for a young man who, a year earlier was milking cows in Wisconsin. One wonders what he expected would happen when he got bitten by the vampire of fame.

Did he think that all of the questions from the media would be softballs like "Were you and Sean really best buds? or "What's your favorite bible character?" some of the questions I heard Dirk get the night of the Survivor Finale as he walked the friendly press gauntlet outside Studio 46 at CBS.

Perhaps the most telling thing in Dirk's declaration is his prediction about what would happen to his plans for an acting career if the word of his sworn testimony in the Stillman suit leaked out:

"I am pursuing a career as a performer," he wrote, "and I desire to maintain the confidentiality of my deposition testimony in order to protect my reputation in the entertainment field. I believe it would create significant professional embarrassment and hardship to reveal my private impressions on a production company and its production methods, and would also create an impression in the industry that I am uncooperative and cannot be trusted."

Wow,. Since when does telling the truth hurt your career in Hollywood? Wait… I didn't say that. What a stupid question. Let me rephrase it:
If Mark Burnett didn't rig Stacey's ejection through Dirk, what does the ex- dairy farmer have to fear from any Tinseltown reprisals? Unless…

Could Stacey be right? Is it possible that Dirk, a disciple of The Good Book, told the truth under oath and now he feels that if it comes out, it will damage his chances at casting calls?

I can understand why Dirk is so worried. I'm an investigative reporter. Whistle blowers are those courageous people who help us do the job of getting to the dark underbelly of any story. Typically, once a whistle blower talks, they're subject to reprisals by those they're attempting to expose.

Karen Silkwood learned that the hard way. So did Frank Serpico. Michael Mann co-wrote and directed an Oscar nominated movie THE INSIDER in which we saw, first hand, how tobacco company whistle blower Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crow) lost his marriage and his career after standing up for what's right.

So I have empathy for Dirk. He's just a common man caught up in uncommon circumstances. Given the multi-million dollar stakes in all this, I'd expect him to be scared. But nobody forced him onto that island. He volunteered to get shipwrecked and if it turns out that he was drawn in to some kind of Stacey Stillman ejection plot, then he ought to own up to it.

Since I decided to write THE STINGRAY, my main purpose has been to get at the truth behind the most successful media phenomenon in recent history.
CBS has a battery of spin doctors working out of Television City to sell their version of that truth to the mainstream media.

But if the producers of SURVIVOR have violated FCC's regs or committed any "federal offense"(s) under the terms of their own Applicant's Agreement, the viewing public has a right to know.

That's why we went into court last week and filed a Motion To Unseal Dirk's deposition and all the exhibits including the alleged "smoking gun" letter. Once that happens we'll have a much better sense of whether Stacey's ejection was unlawful and we'll be closer to the truth of what really went on behind the scenes of the most successful summer series in broadcast history.

Who knows what will happen if it turns out that Stacey is right and her departure from SURVIVOR was "rigged." Will viewers turn it off? Will the FCC or federal prosecutors take action? It's doubtful, but the truth will be heard. A great justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Benjamin Cardozo once wrote that "sunlight is the best disinfectant."

On SURVIVOR what goes around, comes around.

It's time to let the light shine down on the events that took place on Day 9 on the island of Pulau Tiga in the South China Sea. When that happens, I can tell you for a fact that the real "sole Survivor" will be the truth. Stay tuned.
post #221 of 247
I was sure that Tom was going this time, after what Theresa said to Lex and Kim, so I was shocked when Theresa got voted off.
But I am glad, I liked her, but I really wanted Tom to stay, he makes things interesting!
I too am beginning to wonder if it is rigged...a guy at work pointed out to me today that this episode was the first one that any of them had showed any signs of a sunburn, after how many weeks there? Weird.
post #222 of 247
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Ex-'Survivor' Battles Office Fire
The Associated Press
Jan 4 2002 2:59PM

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Michael Skupin's days as a ``Survivor'' contestant may be over, but the challenges keep coming.
Fire broke out Thursday in a building where Skupin was setting up an office for his motivational speaking business in Oakland County's Waterford Township, a suburb northwest of Detroit. He grabbed an extinguisher and tried to battle the flames, but gave up because of heavy smoke.

The fire caused minor damage and was put out quickly, Capt. Steve Booth said. It apparently started in a bathroom exhaust fan. No one was injured.

Skupin, 39, was forced to leave the CBS reality television series ``Survivor: The Australian Outback'' after his hands were badly burned when he passed out over a fire.

Last September, he and his family escaped serious injury when a twin-engine plane in which they were riding crash-landed along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Petoskey.
post #223 of 247
That passing out in the fire was sure bizarre. I remember some people were trying to say that he did it intentionally for publicity, but what a chance he took if he did. If I were him, I would go move near water and stay away from matches!
post #224 of 247
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who's going to be the ultimate survivor?!?!?!

I would love it if Tom won. He's been so much fun to watch.
post #225 of 247
With 2 hrs. of Survivor Africa and a 1 hr. Reunion Show; Thursday nite is Survivor Fest Party at my house, but I'm the only one here who really gives a damn, so I will be "Partahying" alone ! :pinky:
Oh, well, all the more cornmeal mush and warm ox blood for me. . . . . . . .
post #226 of 247
I don't care who wins, as long as it's not Lex or Kim .....
post #227 of 247
...conniving time here....Survivor Night is the only night I really take control of our TV's at work, and I have a pretty good following of Survivor fans too....but without fail, some a$$hole will want to play the jukebox, or watch wrestling...or both.

So, how do I stop this without sabotaging my tips ?

I suppose I could rig the jukebox, I know how to open it and make it "inoperable" for a couple hours...but we have video cameras so I might get caught if anyone complains.

I could "just say NO" but that would make me the "b*tch" and hurt my tips for the night...maybe longer.

We have 2 tv's, one 27" and a big screen, so I could have wrestling on the big screen, and Survivor on the smaller ( I can see the smsller one better!) but that doesn't solve the jukebox problem.

(maybe I should just call in sick?)

Hmmmm.....I guess I'll just have to think like a Survivor and win this game!

(btw...Ethan better win, if not, anyone but Lex!!! )
post #228 of 247
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I hope your able to watch tonight Diane!

I'm counting down the time, less than 15 minutes left!

C'mon Tom!
post #229 of 247
2 minutes left............
post #230 of 247
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post #231 of 247
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Tom, I wanted you to win!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #232 of 247
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well just my opinion, but since Ethan is now out of the final immunity challenge, he doesn't have a shot. neither kim or lex will want to take him to the final 2. he is the most likable. lex doesn't have a shot against him, and it'll be interesting to see if lex honors their alliance, which was to take it until the end if he wins.
post #233 of 247
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Kelly=Skinny Sue wannabe
post #234 of 247
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your boy won!!!!


talking to myself.....is that s sign of insanity?
post #235 of 247
Wow! What a great outcome!!! Finally, I have been so frustrated the past 2 seasons. I am glad that "EATHEN" won. Big Tom was so funny. Anyone think Silas' hair looked hot???? I was looking for Colby in the audience, but didnt see him. I will be sad on Thursday nights now.
post #236 of 247
I was glad that Ethan won...... I didn't think that KimJ deserved the money. Kelley was a riot to watch!:tounge2:
As for the reunion being live, there was no way it could've been -- when they showed Tom's party, it was light in Virginia. They may have taped it live, but it wasn't a "live" show!

I cannot wait to see Survivor 4!: Especially, after seeing the lionfish, I wonder if anyone will get stung by one?

Did you see how much the immunity idol is going for?
post #237 of 247
Did you see the Letterman thing with the survivors? They all looked so different, and TBIRD had cut all her hair off.
post #238 of 247
I am so glad that he won because Kim played down and dirty and Ethan kept his integrity throughout. Thank God Lex wasn't one of the final two.
post #239 of 247
Originally posted by Cleo
I feel bad for Clarence, I think the deal he made with Teresa was very nice of him, I think he could have held out and won, but he gave it a shot and played Rock, Paper, Scissors and lost. He didn't have to do that.

I loved it when Teresa sang! I missed the first few episodes, why did she think she needed immunity? Why do the others want her off?

Lex is a major manipulator and needs the boot just to wipe that superior smirk off his face!

Tom bugs me just because of his Good 'Ol Boy attitude, and those overalls and hat just make me giggle!

Brandon is just so prissy, what a Drama Queen! He'd even be prissy if he were a girl! :LOL:

Kelly and Kim (younger) annoy me, but I think they are no threat.

I like the older Kim, she seems well grounded, pleasant, and sane.

I used to like Frank, he was quiet and seemed normal, now I think he was quiet 'cuz he has a few screws loose...what was that thing with the elephant? I told my BF he looked like the elephant had scared the s*it outta him and he was fanning his butt!

Ethan is my favorite, he's calm, friendly, well spoken, and seems to lay fair. (not to mention so fine!)

Next week I'll probably change my mind....or not?
Gee whiz, except for Teresa, I called that one!
post #240 of 247
Woohoo!! My man Ethan...I knew he'd pull it off I actually cried when Big Tom got voted off, I love that guy But, there couldn't have been a more deserving winner than Ethan, he proved you don't have to be a back stabber or cut-throat to win.As far as Kelly goes- what a sore loser and psycho! I loved Ethans answer to Brandons question..it floored me coming from him, hes normally so soft spoken

I just loved the ceremony the final three went through by the African Natives, it really touched me. I sat watching it with tears spilling down my cheeks, they have such reverance for their land and such spirituality, it was absolutely beautiful. What did you guys think of it?
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