Survivor Caramoan: Brandon Hantz Was Not At Ponderosa With Other Eliminated Contestants
The most recent contestant eliminated from Survivor Caramoan, Julia Landauer, today revealed to Reality Ravings that Brandon Hantz was not at Ponderosa with the other eliminated contestants. Fans watching Survivor Caramoan: Fans V Favourites will remember Brandon Hantz’s unbalanced behaviour and subsequent meltdown at camp which resulted in an impromptu tribal council where he was voted off.
These relevations occurred after she was asked how she felt about meeting Brandon after seeing his flipout and she said ” I was actually prepared for it, [pauses] and he actually was not there.”
It is usual for all eliminated contestants to go to Ponderosa. The players that don’t make the jury are then taken off together to stay elsewhere this is to limit spoilers from the jury. Obviously if a player is injured and needs medical attention they won’t be there.
It would be unusual for this policy to change as they like to keep the players sequestered from the outside world with no contact so spoilers on who has been eliminated do not occur.
However what adds to the mystery is that Brandon reckons he was there.
Brandon in his interview with Reality Ravings on whether he went there said “I went straight to Ponderosa, nothing special happened. People think the doctors surrounded me and saying are you OK. No I just got angry, when you get angry you calm down and you go home.”
However Jeff Probst in an interview with EW said:
The key is as you said — all contestants have access to psychological counseling after the show. That starts the moment they are voted out. Our psychologist is the first person they see after leaving tribal council. Brandon is no different. Our psychologist is there for any contestant who needs care whenever they need it. If necessary we find a psychologist or therapist for a contestant in their home town. I can’t speak about Brandon specifically due to confidentiality, but we are in constant communication with him and will be for as long as he needs it.
He also told Reality Wanted in an interview that he had had a lot of fun on Ponderosa. However by the time Julia got there which would have been no more than four to five days later he was not there. It is unclear whether he was there and left before Julia arrived, but as she is not part of the jury normal policy would be they would still be kept together.
However was he treated like everyone else after his elimination? It is unclear whether he was there and left or if he returned to join the other contestants at a later date.
Survivor has faced some criticism for bringing back Brandon as a return player even before his meltdown as in his first season he appeared emotionally vulnerable, irrational and erratic. They have insisted he passed psychological evaluations all contestants are put through.
If he had to be treated or the producers decided he needed some time away from fellow contestants or it would be better for him to be back with his family, it might indicate that he should not have been cast on the show that second time because of his state of mind.
The full interview with Julia will be up shortly.
Survivor Caramoan on GO Channel fast tracked from the USA is on Thursday nights at 7.30pm.