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'Survivor' Snitch Exposed -- The Email Evidence

2/19/2011 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

"Survivor: Redemption Island" contestant Russell Hantz claims he NEVER leaked secrets about the reality series to a fan blog site -- but TMZ has obtained emails between Russell and the fan who posted the show spoilers.


TMZ spoke with Jim Early who admits publishing spoilers about "Survivor: Samoa," and "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" -- which both featured Russell. Some of the leaks include how Russell found an immunity idol -- and revealing Russell made the final 3 ... before the episode aired.

The emails -- from September and October 2009 when "Survivor: Samoa" was airing -- were sent  between "The Game" (Jim) and "Hantztankering" (Russell). Hantztankering is the name of a water tank company Russell owns.

Jim says he initially met Russell through a "Survivor" fan site ... and after that "he just started telling me what happened on the show."

Jim claims he's coming forward with the emails because he's angry Russell has falsely accused innocent cast members of being the snitch.

Remember, Russell is on the current season of "Survivor" which premiered this week. Calls to Russell and "Survivor" reps were not returned.


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Team Russell all the way.

1340 days ago


I like Russell and think he's been the best player this far in all areas but a.. kissing. I'm so wanting Russell to win this time around. Team Russell all the way.

1340 days ago

mayhem monkey #54223c    

reading these emails i'm getting the sense dude already knows the spoilers and is getting clarification from Russell as the season is airing on tv. so he watches the show sees the preview for next week and asks Russell about it. should he have said n e thing probably not but what he did doesnt make him a s***bag snitch either.

spoilers for both those seasons (along with last season that Russell was not on) were posted months before the shows aired. literally months. i gotta assume if dude got real spoilers from Russell, like a bootlist, those emails would have been posted as well and they are not

spoilers r posted all the time and it doesnt really hurt the show. Russell's 2 previous seasons were some of survivors best rated in a long time which is y hes back for round 3. all this bull**** is much to do about nothing

1340 days ago


Can not stand Russell! Let's hope his third time on the show people realize he needs to be voted off ASAP!

1340 days ago


I hope Russell (ugh! )gets taken to the cleaners by 'Survivor' for this breach of contract and just plain low-down behaviour.

1340 days ago


People still watch this show? Hmm

1340 days ago

your not all that    

OK Hope this means we will never have to see this WEASEL on TV again....come on CBS 3 years in a row???? And all the while he has been STABBING you in the back ??????? LOL LOL I always KNEW he was SLIME and a TOTAL LIER..........millionaire my @SS !!!!

1340 days ago


I agree with doesn't appear that Russell is leaking anything. Are you people actually READING the emails?? Idiots...

1340 days ago


Russell is definitely the best Survivor player next to Richard. I don't care for him that much but he should have won already. It's a game. The losing players (wimps) who whine and cry at the end make me sick. They shouldn't take everything personally. Isn't the concept out wit, out last and out play? Russell deserves the title of sole survivor not somebody who slithers by and doesn't stick their neck out.

1340 days ago


I wonder how much TMZ paid the blogger to sell out his friend and give them the emails?
Let's not lose site of who the real s*** bags are here.

1340 days ago


Wow, I have to hand it to Jim, those are REALLY good fakes. Jim has made up this entire story, and all the evidence. He is protecting the real spoiler, because they are good friends. CBS has clearly stated the are not going to go after Russell. They are going to sue Jim again, however. And Russell has already started the process of suing Jim. When that case goes forward, the REAL evidence will come out. Jim is finished publicly and financially.

1340 days ago


Way to report false stories TMZ. CBS has already said, Russell is not the spoiler, and the are not going to pursue ANY case against Russell Hantz.

1340 days ago


CBS keeps trying it's level best to give this Douche a Million $

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1340 days ago


This all played out at and is very old news. Anyone who reads those forums has known about Russell months ago.

1340 days ago
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