Survivor had a lot to tell during the reunion part of its season 39 finale.
This was a season completely overshadowed by a man's inappropriate behavior and the way the behavior was used in the game and how the show responded to the situation or not, and Jeff Probst was ready to put everything on the table as much as he could.
After announcing the winner and treating some game-related moments, Jeff explained that the show's producers and executives were up to the right thing "when it came to complaints about Dan Spilo's inappropriate touch other player left.
"But in the past few months we have learned so much about what we could and should have done instead, and if it did today we would deal with it a lot differently," he said.
He then sat down with Kellee Kim who had complained about Dan from the start, and gave her the opportunity to share her thoughts or ventilation, or whatever she needed to do, after he told her "You were right."
"You were right to speak up. You were right to take a step forward despite great risks and to tell your truth, and I would like to acknowledge your pain and apologize for it. They didn't ask "it and you didn't deserve it," he said to her, giving her the floor.
A very nervous Kellee said that there was a lot of pressure at the moment, and she wanted to please everyone who turned to her to share her own experiences. Jeff asked if she wanted something. Get off her chest.
"I think one of the things that was and was the most difficult was that Dan stayed in the game even after I spoke," she began. "And the reason why this is not necessarily the injustice is that I felt like I had spoken and not supported or believed. And if someone is going through something or something in the distance, I am not supported and not to be believed is really the hardest. It is one of the hardest. "
"I think what you just met is probably the biggest package of what we learned. When you had your emotional interview, it made us act," said Jeff. "I was on the phone with CBS. There was a 15 hour time difference. Everyone was there. We tried to make the right decision. We decided to meet you privately. We were not transparent about why we met. " I have learned something else that would have helped a lot if we could have said what we are talking about. But we learned that some people in the meetings told us who they knew and knew that Dan would not get votes, that Dan would go to the end because Dan could not win. There has been all the talk that players would use it to lie in the game, and what I have. If you are not in such a situation, you cannot make a decision about how to deal with it based on someone's actions who is in it because he is in it. Missy and Elizabeth have a lot of bad luck. Social media hates email that they don't deserve. You didn't ask for it either. Neither of you asked what brings us back to what I am said above. Your voice should have been enough. And the silver lining, it will be a silver lining next time. We learned a lot by being ready to get up and take it and keep trying and playing. "
Kellee said she hoped this season was not just defined by inappropriate touching or sexual harassment.
"I hope change will define it," she said. "And I feel like I can be really proud of the fact that I spoke out and asked about these changes, and CBS and Survivor make those changes because I asked. And I basically have to go to them at the end of the day People believe and institutions are able to change. "
Instead of broadcasting today's finals and reunification live as usual, Survivor pre-recorded reunification to address the more serious issues of this season, including the Appropriate handling of sexual harassment complaints that were eventually violated Dan Spilo started the show towards the end of the game, only after an incident with a crew member.
On Tuesday, CBS announced that Survivor is planning to make serious changes to its rules, cast and crew training, with much more attention being paid to the personal area of the players.
Fans, critics and the press (including us) had a very hard time this season, especially when it comes to handling CBS and production. For the first time, maybe we just watched the moderator explain all the reasons for the show's failure, and then promised to do things better in the future.
You can't go back and fix the past, but that's a pretty good start and it gives us a much better feel for the future of the show.
Survivor will return in 2020 for the Allsieger Season 40 titled Winners at War.