Survivor: Island of the Idols contestant Aaron Meredith apologized Thursday on social media for his role in a controversial tribal council that aired Wednesday in which the tribe discussed some feminine tribemates’ allegations of nasty touching by fellow competitor Dan Spiro.
Contestant Kellee Kim had voiced concerns as early as the 2d episode of the season (this Wednesday’s used to be the eighth). After discussing her concerns with unique tribemate Missy Byrd all the arrangement thru the major half of Wednesday’s two-hour episode, Missy and her alliance member Elizabeth Beisel looked as if it would exaggerate or originate their very possess reactions to Dan’s nasty touching as a instrument in the game, thereby undermining Kellee’s unswerving concerns and sending her house, making Janet Carbin so distraught she needed to be talked into not quitting the show masks.
Kellee Kim and Dan Spilo
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At the 2d tribal council of the night, host Jeff Probst requested the tribe to chat about what took place at camp after Kellee used to be voted out.
“Jeff, I factual wanna assemble it optimistic, this used to be a Survivor play that went terrifying for Janet,” Aaron mentioned of Janet balloting to ship Dan house, which she used to be instructed used to be how the whole ladies individuals had been going to vote.
“I disagree. If anything about it, you’d not…” Janet interjected.
“I do know loads about it. I do know loads about it. Loads,” Aaron mentioned in response. “And what’s going down now is that the sufferer role is being assigned by Janet and in plot of taking responsibility…is making an strive to dash this into something that may perchance potentially have an effect on the life of Dan. If this used to be truly a fashioned tribe field I may perchance perchance indulge in been alive to, Tommy would indulge in been alive to, Dean would indulge in been alive to.”
Straight away following Aaron’s statement, his tribemate Jamal Shipman voiced his employ: that men must silent not take dangle of they would perchance perchance be instructed if something nasty used to be occurring or a woman felt downhearted. “That is precisely what occurs in the accurate world: When a woman brings up a payment and folks are trying to recount whether or not it is unswerving, they are saying, ‘Properly if it used to be this kind of enormous ache, they would indulge in brought it up.’”
The hassle created a firestorm of reactions on social media, and Thursday morning, Aaron added his teach to the dialog by posting a tearful video on his Instagram story.
“I are trying to publicly explicit be apologetic about for my habits and my actions at tribal council final night,” he says. “Searching at help the episode used to be extraordinarily sophisticated and I, at once after asserting what I mentioned in the game, I regretted asserting what I mentioned and now staring at it help I’m very disappointed in myself and the arrangement in which I conducted myself handling the sentiments of this sport in this effort, given the magnitude of what this surrounds, I’m disappointed in myself. I’m not trying to assemble any justifications in my habits. It used to be fully unwarranted. I used to be out of line. I used to be out of plot. I let emotions gain the very finest of me.
“I made a mistake and I’m fully, fully proudly owning it up, taking plump responsibility for my actions, for the words that I mentioned and I am truly sorry. I am sorry to my castmates, I am sorry to those folks which indulge in been personally tormented by sexual assault and if I triggered anything with what I mentioned I truly am sorry. It’s not reflective of me as a person originate air the game. I don’t behavior myself fancy that. I don’t handle eventualities fancy that. I never indulge in and I am truly sorry. There’s not mighty I can state. I learned loads in this skills – in the game. I’ve had rather diverse time to judge about it originate air the game. I’ve spoken to each person alive to and I desire each person to achieve and know that I’m attentive to what I mentioned. I’m mindful that it used to be terrifying. I come spruce with it. I took plump responsibility. If I may perchance well scamper help I may perchance perchance indulge in mentioned what I wanted to verbalize and worded it fully diversified. No longer a moment in my life that I’m jubilant with and one more time I am truly, truly sorry from the bottom of my heart. This shall be falling on deaf ears. I’m not buying for praise for doing this. It’s how I truly feel and I’m sorry. Again, I can’t explicit be apologetic about ample.”
Host Jeff Probst has discussed the show masks’s response to the allegations towards Dan in an interview with EW, and Thursday CBS and producer Imprint Burnett’s firm (MGM, of which he is the chairman of world tv) issued a joint statement on the topic. EW’s Survivor expert also has a plump recap of the episode.