Is Richard Hatch returning to Survivor?
The show’s first winner, who won the $1 million prize 10 years ago, has been invited back to participate in the show’s 10th anniversary season, but legal troubles may prevent him from joining the cast, according to the New York Post.
In May, Hatch completed a 51-month sentence for failing to pay taxes on his prize money but he must complete 90 days of home confinement, the paper reports.
Hatch has requested special permission in a federal court in Rhode Island to be able to travel to a Samoan island in the South Pacific, where the series will start filming next month.
Federal prosecutors do not want to let Hatch out of the country until he pays the taxes and penalties he owes, the Post reports. In a court filing, Hatch’s legal team argues any money he makes on the show will go to the government.
A casting director emailed Hatch to invite him on the show but said he “would need to be available for principal filming … on or about August 1,” according to the report. He would also have to pass “a physical and psychological examination as a background investigation,” but the invite did not mention legal hurdles.