‘Survivor’: Contestants Once Stole Production’s Food and Sparked a Conspiracy Theory

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Trying to outlive on Survivor appears to contain a little bit dishonest on very uncommon events, even when contestants are normally caught doing it.

As everybody is aware of who watch Survivor often, the contestants on the islands need to forage for their very own meals to maintain themselves…nicely, alive.

Yes, restricted provides of meals (like rice and beans) are given to maintain individuals from actually dying within the wild. Winning challenges additionally comes with meals bonuses.

What occurs when somebody tries to steal meals, although? It did occur one time, even when by no means talked about on the present. The result was seemingly main payback, even when some nonetheless argue whether or not the incident actually contributed towards the contestants being voted off.

Is going with out meals too robust for ‘Survivor’ contestants?

Ben Driebergen on 'Survivor' | CBS via Getty Images
Ben Driebergen on ‘Survivor’ | CBS through Getty Images

One may argue Survivor takes issues a little bit too excessive at instances in forcing the individuals to outlive with the naked minimal. There was one horrible incident on Survivor: Kaoh Rong the place a contestant virtually died, in keeping with Reality Blurred, resulting from warmth exhaustion, giving followers pause on simply how far the present needed to go to provide contestants challenges.

Such a factor may nonetheless simply occur if some contestants by no means discover sufficient meals. While one can simply keep alive with beans and rice, it nonetheless deprives the physique of essential vitamins to maintain going at full degree.

It seems a previous group of contestants thought they may recreation the system to overstep this problem. During Survivor: Micronesia approach again in 2008, three contestants plotted a break-in to manufacturing camp the place first rate meals was saved.

How they plotted this was by no means identified. Yet, the technique behind it was close to comprehensible contemplating how depressing issues typically develop into with out correct meals objects.

Who have been the contestants that stole the meals?

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It was apparently a three-way partnership, per Ranker, amongst Alexis Smith, Erik Reichenbach, and James Clement.

According to a different contestant named Kathy Slackman, she was informed by James Clement they collectively plotted to steal foods and drinks from the manufacturing compound. Slackman revealed this on Reddit not lengthy after.

Back then, cameras weren’t fairly as prevalent as they’re now, so that they apparently have been by no means caught within the act. Regardless, producers apparently did discover out they have been accountable, resulting in the three being chastised behind-the-scenes.

The present saved the information about it undercover, although, if some conspiracy theorists considering Survivor took motion in bumping off Smith, Reichenbach, and Clement.

Those who do not forget that season might recall these three have been voted off in respective order, maybe payback for his or her meals stealing plot. Is there any fact to this, or mere circumstance?

Does ‘Survivor’ give payback to contestants breaking guidelines?

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In today’s instances, it appears all individuals adhere to the principles. Because cameras might be positioned anyplace and hardly be seen, anybody attempting to steal meals would possible be caught in real-time.

During Survivor: Micronesia, the present’s producers may need needed to maintain the incident beneath wraps to forestall scandal and maybe rankings. With the story nonetheless getting out, although, inevitable conspiracy theories popped up on the three being voted off the island not lengthy after.

According to Erik Reichenbach, nonetheless, issues weren’t fairly what they appeared. As a lot because it appeared producers needed the three gone, there have been apparently different causes behind their departures.

When somebody began a Reddit thread a number of years in the past concerning the matter in insinuating Reichenbach was disqualified, latter piped in along with his personal response.

Said Reichenbach: “LOLOLOLOL really???” Apparently the present by no means did have disqualification in thoughts for the above three. With Alexis being idoled and Eric giving up immunity, they considerably redeemed themselves.

It nonetheless opens quite a lot of questions on whether or not plots to steal meals proceed, with maybe each risk squelched resulting from 24/7 eyes watching.

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