'Survivor' Dan Spilo Apologizes for Inappropriate Behavior After Being Ejected, CBS Announces New Guidelines

A week after Survivor aired an episode in which Dan Spilo became the first contestant in history to be removed from the game, the Hollywood talent manager has apologized for his inappropriate behavior.

Spilo was ejected from Survivor during filming after an off-camera incident not involving a cast member. This happened after producers had already spoken to him about alleged inappropriate touching, which fellow contestant Kellee Kim complained about early into the season.

"I am deeply sorry for how my actions affected Kellee during the taping of this season of Survivor. After apologizing at the tribal council when I first learned that Kellee still felt uncomfortable, I want to make sure I do so again, clearly and unambiguously," said Spilo in a statement to People.

"I truly regret that anyone was made to feel uncomfortable by my behavior. In my life, I have always tried to treat others with decency, integrity and kindness. I can only hope that my actions in the future can help me to make amends and show me to be the kind of father, husband, colleague and friend that I always aim to be."

In response, Kim tweeted on Tuesday: "It's curious that Dan has decided to publicly apologize to me—and just me—on the eve of the #Survivor39 finale for a series of inappropriate incidents that occurred months ago and impacted a number of women on set.

"I truly hope that some of this self reflection is real and that Dan changes his behavior going forward. For me, this statement only underscores the responsibility of CBS and Survivor to take action to prevent anything like this from ever happening again in the future."

During last week's episode, Survivor host and executive producer Jeff Probst told the remaining players that "a decision has been made and Dan will not be returning to the game. He will not be coming back to camp." Probst added, "He's gone."

The episode ended with a title card that said: "Dan was removed from the game after a report of another incident, which happened off-camera and did not involve a player."

On Tuesday, CBS issued a statement to Newsweek and other news outlets outlining enhanced guidelines for dealing with inappropriate behavior for future seasons.

"We recognize there are things we could have done differently, and we are determined to do better going forward," said CBS.

Dan Spilo on Survivor
"Survivor" contestant Dan Spilo has apologized for inappropriate behavior on Season 39. Robert Voets/CBS

CBS said that for Season 40, which has already been filmed, "the show added to its pre-production cast orientation specific guidelines regarding personal space, inappropriate behavior, and how to report these issues."

For Season 14 and future seasons, CBS will enhance its procedures for personal behavior even further.

The network said it's adding another on-site professional "provide a confidential means of reporting any concerns" and will also include "anti-harassment, unconscious bias and sensitivity training for cast, producers and production crew" as part of its pre-production orientation.

"A new rule will be implemented stating unwelcome physical contact, sexual harassment and impermissible biases cannot be brought into the competition and will not be permitted as part of gameplay. This will be covered in the cast orientation for each season, along with clear instructions on how to report violations," said CBS.

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