Russell Hantz wants to sue his tribemates over contract violations (oh, the irony)
Russell Hantzís elimination from Survivor Redemption Island has left him so mad that heís threatening to sue his fellow contestants for violating the very contract that he explicitly violated on-camera, never mind accusations of spoiling the show.
In a post-eviction interview, Russell told Entertainment Weekly, ďI would have never thrown a challenge. Never. I should sue every single one of them because in the contract it says you canít throw challenges!Ē
This is so incredible I donít know where to begin, and I wish someone would have called him on this bullshit. First, contestantsí contract is with CBS, not each otheróalthough perhaps thereís some complicated legal argument that could be made about his chances being affected by their rule-breaking. But that would be laughed out of court, because, and second, is Russell seriously threatening to sue someone over violating the same contract that he violated in multiple ways, starting with the prohibition of ďcriminal damageĒ of private property, which is grounds for expulsion?
Third, unless it has recently changed, the Survivor rule book says nothing about throwing challenges. It simply says contestants ďmust participateĒ in challenges; it does not say they have to win, or try hard, or not use a strategy that results in their loss. Finally, this is from the man who revealed confidential information about two seasons to a message board poster. Seriously, does he have such little self-awareness that he canít possibly see how absurd his lawsuit threat is? Even if itís a joke, it draws attention to his own rule-breaking, which is dumb.
As to those spoilers, Russell continues to deny that he was responsible, and says Jim Early made it up, ignoring all of the evidence, primarily the dismissed lawsuit. Then again, Mark Burnett denied knowledge of a lawsuit his own company filed, so I donít expect any honesty out of anyone associated with this story.
When Dalton Ross asked Russell explicitly about the e.mail messages from hantztankering that spoil parts of the show, Russell denies it not by refuting the evidence, but by using ad hominem attacks about Earlyís weight:
ďI did not do anything like that. Thatís what pisses me off about all this stuff. I donít like to give it any kind of credit whatsover, because every time we talk about it, it gives this guy credit, like ĎOh, my name has been said.í Weíre talking about some fat ass sitting in tighty-whities eating Cheese Puffs and hollering, ĎMomma, whereís my pot pie?í Thatís who weíre talking about here.
In his interview with Reality TV World, he again ignored the question and said, ďIím getting so sick of trying to defend myself on this matter because all weíre doing here is trying to give this guy what he wants ó whoever he is. You know? Itís stupid. If anyone knows me, they know Iím not like that. So, I donít even like to talk about it anymore. That guyís name will never come out of my mouth, because he wants it to.Ē
Just in case you donít already think heís delusional, Russell also said that sabotaging his own tribe in Samoa was different from his tribe throwing a challenge in Nicaragua: ďOkay, what I did was strategic. I sabotaged my tribe to make them weaker because then you can control the way they feel and you can control the way they think. Let me tell you, thatís strategic play.Ē
Meanwhile, Russell suggested in multiple interviews that he will be back on TV soon. ďIíve got some interesting things about to happen,Ē he told EW. ďSo Iím not a Survivor whore. I donít want to be considered a Survivor whore like Rob. Iím surprised he ainít been on Big Brother yet. Those three: Survivor, Amazing Race, Big Brother. Thatís a Survivor whore. I want my own show! Thatís what I want. And trust me, I got bigger and better things coming.Ē
Trust him, really?http://www.realityblurred.com/realitytv/archives/survivor_redemption_island/2011_Mar_10_russell_sue_tribe