'Survivor' Contestant Leaves Tonight Due to Mother's Death (No Spoiler)

Jeff Probst has been quoted as saying the Internet will be the death of shows like "Survivor" because secrets will be leaked killing suspense, the major reason these shows are watched. A while back, the two finalists of "Survivor All Stars" was leaked and reported on Andy Dehnart's realityblurred weblog. I read about it and quickly forgot the names. Don't follow that link if you don't want to know. Today, as I drove into work, a local Boston DJ apparently had the same info and read off the order in which contestants would be booted off the show.

I, as a fan of the show, quickly turned the radio down because I didn't want to know the information. That information is the entire reason behind the success of the show. If you know who wins, why watch? Unfortunately, I did not turn the radio down before I heard who will be leaving the show tonight and why. Don't worry, I'm not reporting it here. When I turned the radio back up, I also heard one of the names of the two finalists. I'm not reporting that here either. If you really want to know, I've put the names on a separate page here if you really must know.

Secrets have always been leaked about many things but when the entire premise of a show rests on not knowing the outcome, the decision as to whether to reveal who the show goes is a tough one. And, if you are a fan of the show or any other reality show, do you really want to know who wins? It's a dilemma and one that is only going to get worse as more and more secrets are leaked.

UPDATE: Thursday 8:54 PM EST - Jenna M. left. And it was sad. Her Mom died eight days later from cancer.

Written by Steve Hall    Comments (0)     Feb-12-04  
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