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Survivor is an American reality television show, based on the Swedish program, Expedition Robinson. First airing in 2000, there have been a total of 34 seasons aired; the program itself has been filmed on five different continents.

The competition’s host and judge routinely accuse one another of being gay or effeminate, such as during the sixth season when self-proclaimed metrosexual Ryan Seacrest told Simon Cowell, "Stay out of my closet" and Simon replied, "Come out." Ryan came back with, "This is about the top 12 [contestants], not your wishes." Why it’s shocking: Their interaction, years after Fox reportedly told them to tone down such humor, was shocking mostly because two such prominent adults still think gay-baiting is entertaining.

Villains in 2010, and Survivor: Philippines in 2012), two with a tribe of ten returning "Favorites" facing off against a tribe of ten "Fans" (Survivor: Micronesia in 2008 and Survivor: Caramoan in 2013), and one featuring a tribe of ten returning players playing against a tribe of their family members (Survivor: Blood vs. In several seasons, contestants have been cast but ultimately withdrew before the game began: a 20th contestant, Mellisa Mc Nulty was originally cast in Survivor: Fiji, but dropped out and returned home the night before the show began because of panic attacks, In both cases, the removed contestants were unreplaced.

Fiji and San Juan del Sur proceeded with an uneven gender balance.

In modern reality television’s 16 years on cable and eight years on network, the genre has given television more (and often better) gay portrayals than scripted programming.

Whether part of competitions in artificial contexts or fly-on-the-wall footage of real people’s lives, reality TV has offered moments so unexpected that viewers might not have believed them if they occurred on a drama or sitcom.


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