‘Survivor’: Why Isn’t Russell Hantz on ‘Survivor 40: Winners at War?’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Russell Hantz

On Feb. 12, 2020, Survivor‘s 40th season premiered with 20 Winners at War. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the present, Jeff Probst and the CBS producers introduced 20 earlier contestants again to compete for a bigger, $2 million prize. 

Winners from 38 of the present’s earlier seasons had been eligible to compete. Many fan-favorites and even a couple of villains arrived on the island in Fiji Wednesday. Boston Rob Mariano, Sandra Diaz-Twine, Tyson Apostol, Parvati Shallow, Yul Kwon, and Tony Vlachos had been a couple of of the returning gamers. However, many followers need to know why Russell Hantz didn’t make the reduce of Survivor 40: Winners at War.

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Russell Hantz | Jim Spellman/WireImage

How many occasions has Russell Hantz competed on ‘Survivor?’

Hantz first competed within the 19th season of the fact TV Show, Survivor: Samoa. He shortly grew to become the villain of the season when he burned his tribemates socks and emptied the water from their canteens.

He discovered two hidden immunity idols with none clues and efficiently aligned with different contestants, strategizing effectively to get himself to the tip. However, Natalie White beat him within the jury vote, probably due to what number of contestants Hantz pissed off. 

In the 20th season, Hantz competed once more on Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains. Since he performed again to again, no gamers had been capable of watch his sport earlier than approaching the present. Hantz shortly developed an alliance with Mariano.

He once more had quite a few hidden immunity idols all through the season and went to the ultimate three. However, but once more, no jurors voted for Hantz because of the nature of the sport he performed. 

He went on to compete two extra occasions — on Survivor: Redemption Island and Australian Survivor: Champions vs. Contenders — however was voted out second throughout each reveals. Hantz performed a strategic sport all 4 occasions; nonetheless, he nonetheless didn’t win the title of sole Survivor

Here’s why you received’t see Russell Hantz on ‘Survivor 40: Winners at War’

CBS made a couple of important adjustments to the present to entice previous winners solely to come back again. Therefore, Hantz wasn’t invited since he didn’t win any of his seasons. 

Initially, Jeff Probst believed that he couldn’t get 20 earlier winners to agree to come back again to compete on the present. So, it was thought that the season may be half winners and half second-place gamers. 

To be sure that winners would return, CBS elevated the only real survivor prize from $1 million to $2 million. The producers additionally determined to up the amount of cash contestants obtain for happening the present to $25,000, plus a $10,000 stipend for attending the reunion present.

Lastly, CBS assured gamers that they might not instantly be despatched residence after they had been voted out. Instead, in Winners at War, the contestants are despatched to the Edge of Extinction Island and given an opportunity to discover a approach to reenter the sport.

What is Russell Hantz as much as since his final season taking part in ‘Survivor’?

Hantz was one of many first 5 contestants inducted into the Survivor Hall of Fame in 2010, together with Richard Hatch, Rob Mariano, Parvati Shallow, and Sandra Diaz-Twine. 

In 2012, Hantz starred in a actuality TV sequence on A & E — Flipped Off — along with his brother Shawn Hantz. On the present, the siblings flipped homes within the Houston space, to earn a revenue. After the seven-episode season, it was not renewed.

The former villain additionally has a podcast, The Russell Hantz Show, the place he discusses all issues Survivor. He just lately went over numerous themes he wish to see in upcoming seasons. The runner-up would nonetheless wish to have an opportunity to win the title of sole Survivor, so we would see him in one other upcoming season.

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