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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.

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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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31.

Dave Sullivan    

You know how many people hate Russel after both his seasons?

Yea, it's just a game, but maybe someone else didn't see it that way, maybe someone wanted revenge, and specifically tried framing the poor guy.

Who cares! It's over now. Russel isn't going to be emailing any spoilers now, maybe in a few weeks, but who cares. Don't like spoilers, don't read em.

You people are idiotic, "Nobody likes a snitch". Typical, internet hypocrites.

1250 days ago
32.

Tony B    

★ ★ ★ KING RUSS FOREVER!!! ★ ★ ★
 
"Keep Hope Alive"

1250 days ago
33.

luke    

I think tmz should keep there noses out of other peoples email the last time I checked that is a violation of peoples privacie its jut a game it wasnt like he cheated

1250 days ago
34.

jack     

did you enjoy your five seconds of fame Jim? Russell to win, he his my survivor hero!

1250 days ago
35.

mkope1    

I would knock this closet homo out with one shot!LYING ANKLE GRABBER!

1250 days ago
36.

mkope1    

LUKE=RUSSELL=POLE SMOKER

1250 days ago
37.

Bulldog Mom    

How many times are they going to let him be on this show..What is this his 3rd time already? The show has gotten boring to me, I stopped watching..They need a celebrity survivor..Real ones!

1250 days ago
38.

buffalobaroness    

I WAS SURPRISED WHEN SURVIVOR BROUGHT HIM BACK CONSIDERING HIS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BACKGROUND. YES, HE IS CONTROVERSIAL BUT SO IS BOSTON ROB WITHOUT THE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND AND WITH THAT BEING SAID, RUSSELL, ALBEIT HE IS DUMB AS A BOX OF ROCKS, SHOULD KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO A SNITCH.......

1250 days ago
39.

William    

Is Russell Hantz a Jew or not a Jew?

1250 days ago
40.

meowllyson    

1. The sheer lack of comments on this barely-news "bombshell" pretty much proves that nobody cares. TMZ, don't be this foolish again.. JE is a wackjob!

2. JE claimed in previous interviews about this "scandal" (google them, they're pretty easy to find) that he saw russell's private information posted on a website, called the phone number, and randomly started a bizarre phone relationship with russell, where the spoiling took place. this article states nothing of the sort and actually contradicts that. this proves that JE is a liar.

3. Did the majority of you (including TMZ) even read the emails?! or--better question-- understand them? they don't incriminate russell at ALL! JE clearly already had the spoilers and was just being a major butt-kisser by emailing russell (JE has similar delusions of gradeur as russell). where do any of those emails prove that russell SPOILED anything? they don't.

4. the only thing that any of this survivor spy-gate nonsense has convinced me, is that JE is a hypocritical slimeball who wants so bad to be "famous" or "infamous" that he doesn't even realize how pathetic his attempts at internet notoriety are. He's a proven liar, he's an intimidator, and the worst part is, he's not very bright and not very good at what he does. Hope TMZ realizes that dealing with this guy was a total waste.

1249 days ago
41.

HolyCrap    

Russell is a knob.

1249 days ago
42.

Cap    

And to think Mark Burnett didn't know about this.

Is this enough proof for you, Marky?

1246 days ago
43.

linda    

OOOH,when he was on survivor the first two times he owned an oil company.Now its a water tankering company HMMM!...Liar or Douche.

1244 days ago
44.

truthhawks    

Russell is the world's biggest douche-bag there is.A big mouthed redneck with the I.Q. of a bedbug.But the stupid people that go on that show already know he's an a&&hole and stil they don't vote him off at the get-go. The 1st thing I'd tell him is " I find one thing missing from our group I'm throwing your a@@ in the ocean."

1243 days ago
45.

truthhawks    

Seems to me poster "meowllyson" is either russell's wife or russell himself.
Make him pay the Five million snitch clause in his contract the slimeball.

1243 days ago
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