Probst isnt justifying Hatchs actions but admits he feels sad for him and regrets some of the comments hes made about the case.
As he puts it, When I first found out about it, I made some flippant comment like, Richard thought he could outwit the IRS and, to his credit, he sent a note to me saying, This is really serious.
Probst wont comment on Hatchs claims that the shows producers promised to pay taxes or his allegations that other contestants snuck food on to the island, except to say hes been hearing rumors about the food smuggling since the beginning and theyve never been proven.
Hatch is scheduled for sentencing on April 28 and faces up to 13 years in prison and a $600,000 fine.
Meanwhile, Probst has a rosier future. Survivor: Panama Exile Island begins Thursday (Feb. 2) and he still cant believe hes getting paid to do the show.
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