Wednesday, August 09, 2000

Viewers vote to evict Richard

By John Kiesewetter
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Will the Survivor alliance survive, or will Richard Hatch finally get tossed off the island tonight?

        Almost all of the castaways on Survivor last week were ready to expel Richard, 39, the corporate trainer from Rhode Island, until he won immunity in their weekly competition.

        Will his luck run out today (8 p.m., Channels 12, 7)? Readers hope so.

        “I can't listen to Richard tell us how smart . . . he is any longer. Give him his fishing spear and send him packing! He's doomed. No one is going to let him win that $1 million,” says Courtney Talty, Mount Lookout.

        Richard, leader of the “Tagi” tribe alliance, “is just pure evil,” says Chuck Heinichen. Candice Spring-Kaiser of Mason also would make Richard the 11th of the 16 contestants voted off the island. (Four finalists will compete for the $1 million prize in a two-hour episode on Aug. 23.)

        Some Enquirer readers would like to send Susan Hawk, 38, back to Wisconsin. She is Richard's co-conspirator, who lied about a Tagi alliance two weeks ago.

        “Susan is a schemer and a liar,” says Chris Gross of White Oak.

        “One moment she tells Kelly (Wiglesworth) she would never vote against her, and then she turns around and tells Richard that Kelly is a real flake. I cannot understand why the others put up with her,” says Anita Shoemaker, Wyoming.

        Bonnie Rager of Lawrenceburg would eliminate Sean Kenniff, 30, the neurologist from Long Island, N.Y. “How could a neurologist be so dingy? Everyone but him figured out there was an alliance.”

        Island fever: The Tristate may have the biggest Survivor ratings, but not everyone is hooked on the show.

        “I vote to cast off the show itself,” says Ruth Beer, Glendale.

        “Get rid of them all,” says reader Liz Carey. “They spend so much time whining. You wish they would all just starve to death and get us out of our misery.

        “If I were in charge of the show, I certainly wouldn't want to hand any of them a check for a cool $1 million, because they're so unbelievably boring,” she says.

        “Isn't anyone else getting a little annoyed by them now?”

        Martin Sheen, The West Wing star who calls himself the “acting president,” also doesn't watch.

        “I couldn't be less interested (in Survivor),” he said during last month's press tour. “I couldn't imagine spending even five minutes with these people over supper.”

        Pete and Pete: CBS' 48 Hours interviews Pete Rose Jr. and four famous daughters about living with “The Legacy” today (10 p.m., Channels 12, 7). The Western Hills native, who made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds at 30 in 1997, is playing for the Philadelphia Phillies minor-league team in Reading, Pa.

        Also featured are the daughters of mobster John Gotti and heavyweight prizefighters Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman.


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