LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - A former "Survivor" contestant has landed in, if not hot, at least lukewarm water with CBS after divulging some behind-the-scenes information about the game.
The network says Helen Glover, the U.S. Navy swimming instructor who finished fourth on "Survivor: Thailand," violated a confidentiality agreement with a freelance column she wrote for the Providence (R.I.) Journal on March 11. Glover, who lives in Portsmouth, R.I., had been contributing her observations about "Survivor: All-Stars" to the paper.
Her March 11 column dealt in part with Sue Hawk's meltdown over Hawk's encounter with a naked Richard Hatch during a challenge in a prior episode. Under the heading "What You Don't Know," Glover described what happens to players after they're voted out of the game.
"As each person is voted off, they receive a meal, shower, room and a visit from the staff psychiatrist. They come to check on you, making sure you are all right," Glover wrote. She also noted that the psychiatrist will check in with contestants after they return to their normal lives.
CBS cried foul over the passage, saying it violates a portion of the confidentiality agreement that prohibits players from talking about "methods of production" on "Survivor." The agreement lasts three years from the date of "Survivor: Thailand's" finale, which aired in May 2002.
To avoid future problems, Glover says she agreed to let CBS vet her column before submitting it for publication. That didn't fly with the Journal, which, like most publications, doesn't allow prior review of stories by anyone outside the newspaper. It has dropped Glover's column.
"What CBS wants is the right to edit the work of a person writing for The Journal. We find that arrangement unacceptable," Journal executive editor Joel Rawson says.
CBS says it's "not a requirement" that Glover submit her column to the network in advance, but Glover says she was led to believe it was.
"It was not a suggestion," she says. "It was a choice -- either stop writing the column or submit it in advance."