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Jeff Probst Wants Richard Hatch To Play Survivor Again

May 24, 2012 08:00 AM by Ryan Haidet

The best part of the Survivor: One World finale wasn’t actually on the show itself.  In fact, the most amazing moment was something that only the studio audience got to see inside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City.  And it all went down during a commercial break on the live reunion show.  Here’s a hint, it involved a surprise discussion between Richard Hatch, the first Survivor champ, and host Jeff Probst.

Toward the end of the reunion show during a short commercial, Hatch shouted to Probst that he believed Kim Spradlin, the winner of Survivor: One World, is one of the most-strategic players the show has ever seen.  As Probst looked around from the stage trying to identify the voice and its location, he was genuinely surprised to see Hatch sitting near the back of the theater (about seven seats away from me).

Excited to see the reality star, Probst grabbed a microphone and jokingly asked Hatch how he even got in the theater.  After the laughter from the audience silenced, Probst told Hatch that if he would just straighten out his personal life that they would put him on the show once again.  Without hesitation, Hatch said he is ready.  This brought a huge reaction from the crowd who cheered at the idea of Hatch returning to the game.

You might remember that Hatch served several years in prison after he was convicted of not paying taxes on his $1 million prize that he won on the first season, which aired in 2000.  He was also a contestant on the 2011 season of Celebrity Apprentice but missed participating in the finale because he was in custody.

On Survivor: All-Stars, the second time Hatch played the game, he was the fifth person eliminated from the competition.

The next season — Survivor: Philippines — is set to debut this fall.  It features three returning castaways who were all medically evacuated during a previous season mixed in with a cast of newbies.

Would you want to see Richard Hatch return to play for a third time?  Do you think he would stand a chance or would he simply be an early target like he was during Survivor: All-Stars?  Are you tired of seeing former castaways returning to the game?  Do you agree that Kim Spradlin is one of the most strategic winners the show has ever seen?  Sound off and leave a comment below!

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7 Responses to “Jeff Probst Wants Richard Hatch To Play Survivor Again”

  1. Mel Says:
    May 25th, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I would say that I don’t want Rich to return – he made false claims on the show saying that they’d pay the taxes on his winnings – and kept flim-flamming on the issue to begin with.

    He also did something that made tough as nails Sue – a trucker – QUIT the show because it was that vile in her opinion (and yeah, we saw Sue take a lot) on All-Stars.

    He didn’t pay his taxes, he slapped CBS in the face with false claims, and then the above.

    Honestly – I felt he shouldn’t have one his first season; and he has the morals IMHO of Jonny Fairplay by not paying his taxes on it, and making ludicrous claims on top of it (even that the judge was biased against him because he was gay, which had nothing to do with not paying taxes).

  2. Judy Says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I would love to see Rich compete again. He is a cunning, conniving but terrific player. Now Colton is really the last person I would ever want to see on the show. I always disliked Fairplay but he is small potatoes next to that racist spioled brat!
    That being said, I knew the night of the reunion that Colton would be playing again! YUCK!

  3. Igor Fartstein Says:
    June 11th, 2012 at 7:10 am

    When is Russell coming back?

  4. Jason Says:
    June 14th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Returning players are one of my favorite parts of the show.

  5. Scott Says:
    June 16th, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    If Colton returns, I will be skipping that entire season, period. He is the most disgusting individual to ever play the game.

  6. Brock Says:
    December 8th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Kim and Hatch better BOTH be back for a final All-Stars season.

    One is the best player to ever play the game, and the other is the prototype for all survivors to follow.

    Case and point.

  7. Sean Says:
    February 22nd, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Richard hatch should return! The ultimate season would have all of the best leaders and strategists, like a tribe led by Richard, one led by Boston Rob, one led by Kim and one led by Russell. Or even just a tribe of winners vs a tribe of favorites/all stars (e.g. Russell, Rupert, Malcolm, Ozzy, Amanda, The Specialist etc.) but chances of such a dream season seem very unlikely :( but definitely no colton.


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