Richard Hatch

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Richard Hatch (born April 8, 1961) won the competition on the first season of the CBS reality series Survivor. He was a contestant on a subsequent season of Survivor, and on one season of The Apprentice.


Prior to his first Survivor appearance, Hatch was a corporate trainer, residing in Newport, Rhode Island. He spent five years in the United States Army. He did not graduate, but two of his years in the Army were spent as a part of the United States Military Academy's Class of 1986.


Survivor: Borneo

Hatch competed in Survivor: Borneo, the first edition of the show in the United States. He competed with the Tagi tribe, and quickly aligned himself with former Navy SEAL Rudy Boesch. His strategy of playing naked, repeated later on Survivor: All-Stars, resulted in a contentious incident with fellow Borneo and All-Star competitor Susan Hawk.

Once Sonja Christopher and Stacey Stillman were eliminated from the Tagi tribe, Hatch and Boesch formed a voting alliance with the two remaining female members of the tribe, Hawk and Kelly Wiglesworth. This left Dirk Been and Sean Kenniff more vulnerable to being "voted off the island." Been was voted off, as was Pagong tribe member Joel Klug.

With each tribe down to five members, the tribes merged, as Ratanna. Kenniff was the only remaining former Tagi who was not a part of Hatch's four-contestant alliance (Hatch, Bosch, Hawk and Wiglesworth).

In the next vote, Hatch's group voted against Gretchen Cordy, and the remaining votes split, with Kenniff using an "alphabet strategy." Greg Buis was next to go, receiving Kenniff's vote, the votes of Hatch's alliance, and the vote of Jenna Lewis. Lewis received the remaining three votes.

As the alliance continued to target the former Pagong, Lewis and Gervase Peterson were eliminated next.

Due to a rift in the relationship between Hawk and Wiglesworth, Wiglesworth became the new target of the now three-way alliance among Hawk, Boesch and Hatch. Wiglesworth had opted out of the alliance, a move Hawk considered cowardly and simply a way to show off to the jury, thinking this assured her of winning. When Wiglesworth won immunity, Colleen Haskell was voted off. When Wiglesworth won immunity again, the three-way alliance voted out Kenniff.

Down to four contestants, Wiglesworth won immunity yet again, ensuring that one of the alliance would be voted out. In a two"two tie, Hatch and Hawk were both in danger of elimination. On a revote, Wiglesworth opted to eliminate Hawk, cementing the end of their friendship. At the Final Three immunity challenge, Hatch eliminated himself early, trusting both Wiglesworth and Boesch to take him to the Final Two regardless, and not wanting to go back on his word to Boesch, if he himself won. When Wiglesworth won immunity, she voted out Boesch, making him the final member of the jury.

In the Final Two, Hatch was accused of being too cocky and, overall, an evil person. Comparing Hatch to a snake, Hawk claimed she must vote for him as nature intended, because the snake must eat the rat, who was Wiglesworth. Clearly shaken by this statement, Wiglesworth would not acknowledge Hawk after the show, opting not to hug her.

Hatch became the first ever Sole Survivor in a 4"3 vote, with the votes of Boesch, Hawk, Kenniff, and Buis. Buis asked Wiglesworth and Hatch to pick a number between one and ten.

Controversy remains over whether other contestants were cheating during the original season's filming.

Survivor: All-Stars

Hatch's appearance on Survivor: All-Stars was a very short but eventful one. As part of the Mogo Mogo tribe, they lost one member in Episode 3 when Survivor: The Amazon winner Jenna Morasca quit to be with her dying mother. When the Saboga tribe was dissolved in Episode 5, Mogo Mogo gained two extra members and when they lost immunity, they immediately targeted Hatch. Although Hatch got wind of his impending doom and put together a counter strategy, his plans were foiled and he was voted out. As the final vote was read he yelled, "I've been bamboozled!"

Before he was voted out, he was involved with an incident with Sue Hawk. During an immunity challenge, Hawk, while Hatch remained customarily naked, inexplicably turned off her original course to engage with Hatch. The next day, Hawk resigned from the game voluntarily, claiming that Hatch touched her and his nudity upset her.

In 2008, Survivor host Jeff Probst mentioned in an interview that Hatch smuggled a canister of matches onto Survivor: All-Stars "in a little container up his bum." The immediate result was that the Mogo Mogo tribe was able to get fire early on in the game. Since this incident all contestants are now strip searched.

Other appearances

  • Hatch appeared on an all-reality show edition of the short lived game show Dog Eat Dog. He lost his challenge and was placed in the show's "dog pound".
  • He also appeared on the Australian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (hosted by Eddie McGuire). He didn't do the (11 x 12) and got his fourth question wrong, becoming the first person in Australian Millionaire history to go home with A$0.
He had a cameo as a patient in the Becker episode "One Wong Move" where Ted Danson's character received him as a patient, discussing the bizarre eating habits of the people on the television show, and mentioning that he didn't mind if he had to take his clothes off.

He appeared as himself (and naked) in the 2006 film Another Gay Movie.

He also appeared on the fourth celebrity edition of The Apprentice.

Personal life

Hatch was born and raised near Newport, Rhode Island, graduating from Middletown High School in 1979. He first majored in Marine Biology and Oceanography at Florida Institute of Technology before he enlisted in the Army in 1980. He served five years, before dropping out in 1985. First he was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, and Fort Stewart, Georgia, before attending USMAPS in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, and the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Hatch left West Point for New York City where he worked for Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell (owners of Studio 54) at Palladium. He later attended Baruch College in New York and George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, during which time he became a sperm donor. Hatch spent eight years in the Washington, DC, area and graduated from National-Louis University with a Bachelor's degree in Management/Applied Behavioral Sciences. Hatch returned to Newport, Rhode Island and adopted a 7-year-old boy. He later attended Rhode Island's Providence College pursuing a Master's degree in Education and Counseling.

Prior to winning CBS' original Survivor series, Hatch worked as a bartender, auto salesman, and licensed real estate agent before nearly fifteen years as a corporate trainer and consultant for his own company.

Following his Survivor win, Hatch was charged with tax evasion. He was convicted and served a 51-month sentence in federal prison. Hatch and his attorneys have argued that the prosecution and conviction were flawed because the IRS never completed investigation of his 2000 and 2001 tax returns and never determined that any particular sum of taxes was due. Hatch served an additional nine months in prison for not amending his 2000 and 2001 tax returns.

A property purchased by Hatch in Sydney, Nova Scotia, following his Survivor win was included in a tax sale during a public auction in 2013. The CBRM tax office indicated that Hatch had not paid the property taxes on the property for a period of more than six years.

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