‘Survivor': Hollywood Manager Dan Spilo Becomes 1st Player Ever Ejected After ‘Off-Camera’ Incident

Show’s season finale reunion episode will be pre-taped for the first time in the show’s history

Last Updated: December 11, 2019 @ 9:18 PM

On Wednesday, Los Angeles-based talent manager Dan Spilo became the first-ever “Survivor” player to be ejected from the show, following an unspecified “off-camera” incident.

Host Jeff Probst announced Spilo’s exit near the end of Wednesday’s episode, after contestant Elaine Stott was eliminated. “Alright, so, need to share some news,” Probst said. “So I just spoke privately with Dan and I want to update you guys. A decision has been made and Dan will not be returning to the game. He will not be coming back to camp. He won’t be on the jury. He’s gone.”

A title card at the end of Wednesday’s “Survivor” episode read: “Dan was removed from the game after a report of another incident, which happened off-camera and did not involve a player.” Representatives for CBS did not have additional comment beyond the title card and Probst’s comments.

Spilo had received complaints about his behavior, which included accusations of inappropriate touching, from other contestants during this season. On day 22 of the competition, he was given an official warning from the show to stop, according to EW. He was ejected 14 days later.

Details about what precisely led to Spilo’s expulsion have not been made public. Speaking to EW, Probst said, “In this situation, out of respect for privacy and confidentiality, I can’t say anymore.”

Probst also told EW “When we first told Dan we were pulling him from the game, he was not happy. We talked through everything for quite a while, and by the time he got on the boat to leave he had calmed down and was actually very respectful as he departed.”

Following Spilo’s ejection, EW reported Wednesday that for the first time in the 19-year history of “Survivor,” this season’s reunion episode will be pre-taped instead of live, due to concerns of sensitivity and security.