Survivor: Fans vs Favourites just reminded me why it is still the grand-daddy of Reality shows.
Last night’s meltdown by Brandon Hantz was dynamite television.
Hantz had been stewing in fury at self-appointed / secret agent Phillip until he let rip at camp. Hantz threw his tribe’s rice on the ground in a moment of destruction, but that was only a taste of what was to come.
At the Immunity challenge, Corrine stepped forward to say the Favourites would forfeit immunity so they could go to Tribal Council.
But Hantz was not going quietly. He fell on his sword in a tirade of abuse directed at Phillip, a hefty amount saved for his own tribe and some free insight for the Fans.
Hantz was insulting and relentless and it was car-crash TV.
Host Jeff Probst finally stepped in (that’s what hosts do) to calm the situation by asking Hantz to join him on neutral ground. Presumably this was a tactical move to avoid any immediate violence.
Hantz continued his tirade, telling Phillip his stupid “Stealth R Us”names for everybody were ridiculous (no disagreement, there) and that he did not bite the hand that feeds him.
“Shut your mouth, shut your mouth bitch,” Hantz yelled.
By now Probst had begun giving Hantz a back-rub in an effort to calm him down. The Survivor editors were madly pixellating plenty of Hantz’s mouths to try and hide the expletives.
But the anger kept up to the point of Andrea breaking down in tears and Dawn breathing deeply to deal with the stress.
Phillip’s mention of the Hantz family wasn’t helpful.
“You bring my kids into this?” yelled Hantz. “I’ll come over there and knock your f***ing head off! Bring my kids into this, bitch!”
The rival team, the Fans, were awe-struck by the whole thing, in part at the floorshow that was going on and because they were automatically being handed Immunity.
Eventually Probst ruled that there would be no challenge, and Tribal Council for the Favourites was already underway. Whilst still giving Hantz a back-rub he asked the Favourites to vote, verbally rather than by secret ballot. With that Hantz was voted out and happy to walk.
The moment will probably go down in Survivor history as its biggest meltdown (and that’s saying something).
The sad thing is we’ll presumably never get to see Hantz play again because there is no way he would ever want to return.
And there’s definitely no way Producers would ever let him.
Best stuff begins at 3:36.