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Against casting crazy people on reality TV shows

17 September 2014 9:11 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Jeff Probst is trolling us again. For "Survivor"'s 29th season, CBS and Probst--who's the show's executive producer, showrunner, and host--have cast John Rocker. Yes, that's the former baseball player who said all those awful things in Sports Illustrated back in the 1990s, and who has continued to say awful things, from using anti-gay slurs in a restaurant in the early 2000s to arguing last year that the Holocaust would never have occurred if Jewish people had and used guns. Probst defended Rocker's casting by calling him "a perfect fit for this show because of all the baggage he brings in" and arguing that because Rocker "made some very controversial, polarizing comments about how he views the world. That is in its core, when you take away all the strategy and all the challenges — that is what Survivor is about." I hate to take the bait here and react to such obvious trifle, »

- Andy Dehnart

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