Escape Hatch

I have some advice for everyone. If you’re American and you’re ever so lucky as to appear on a televised reality show, and then subsequently so lucky as to win a $1,000,000 grand prize, it might be a good idea to claim it on your taxes. For some reason Richard Hatch felt that of the 50,000,000 that watched him win the first ‘Survivor’ that none of them were likely to work for the IRS, and he decided against claiming it at all. Fortunately for Rich he’s managed to plea himself down from the maximum five years in prison and $250,000 fine, although he’ll still have to come up with the $500k he owes them I suppose. The show’s creator, Mark Burnett, was asked about his thoughts on Hatch failing to claim such a public piece of income: “I have honestly given up trying to think what’s in the minds of my ex-Survivors and Apprentices. That’s a whole other show there.” Heh.