Ejected 'Survivor' contestant Dan Spilo apologizes to Kellee Kim; CBS implements new rules

Dan Spilo, who was booted from "Survivor" last week, is apologizing for the actions that led to his ejection from the show. But that wasn't enough for Kellee Kim, or for CBS.

On Wednesday's episode of "Survivor: Island of the Idols," host Jeff Probst announced the Los Angeles talent manager was pulled from the competition for unacceptable behavior following an off-camera incident.

In a statement published in People Tuesday, Spilo said he was "deeply sorry for how my actions affected Kellee (Kim) during the taping of this season of Survivor.”

“I truly regret that anyone was made to feel uncomfortable by my behavior,” he continued. “In my life, I have always tried to treat others with decency, integrity and kindness. I can only hope that my actions in the future can help me to make amends and show me to be the kind of father, husband, colleague and friend that I always aim to be.”

"Survivor" contestant Dan Spilo made television history when he became the first person ever kicked off the long-running show.
"Survivor" contestant Dan Spilo made television history when he became the first person ever kicked off the long-running show.

Kim, another castaway, complained multiple times about Spilo's behavior while on the show. She responded to his apology on Twitter Tuesday.

"It‘s curious that Dan has decided to publicly apologize to me — and just me — on the eve of the #Survivor39 finale for a series of inappropriate incidents that occurred months ago and impacted a number of women on set," she wrote.

She added: "I truly hope that some of this self reflection is real and that Dan changes his behavior going forward. For me, this statement only underscores the responsibility of CBS and Survivor to take action to prevent anything like this from ever happening again in the future."

Kim seems to have gotten her wish.

In a statement late Tuesday, provided to USA TODAY by CBS, the network said it recognizes that changes are needed.

CBS said orientation for the upcoming 40th season 40 included guidelines on reporting issues regarding personal space and inappropriate behavior.

Changes going forward include an onsite contact who can deal with concerns; new antiharassment, unconscious bias and sensitivity training; and a new rule that unwelcome touching, sexual harassment and biases are prohibited in the game.

The statement ended noting CBS will develop and adopt similar policies for the network's other reality programs.

USA TODAY has reached out to Spilo and Kim for further comment.

Spilo made history as the first contestant ever kicked off of the long-running CBS reality show.

'Survivor' castaway ejected for the first time in show history for inappropriate behavior

At the end of Wednesday's episode, a title card read: "Dan was removed from the game after a report of another incident, which happened off-camera and did not involve a player."

The exact reason for his expulsion was not disclosed.

Though Spilo was ousted on Day 36, he'd stirred controversy since Day 1, when Kim complained about his "inappropriate touching."

Her concerns boiled over on Day 22, when Spilo's behavior continued and producers offered to intervene. She was voted off the show that same day, according to People and Vanity Fair.

'Survivor': Jeff Probst, Kellee Kim address Dan Spilo's 'extremely inappropriate' behavior

In an onscreen message at the time, viewers learned that "producers met with all the players, both as a group and individually. They were cautioned about personal boundaries and reminded that producers are available to them at all times. Based on the outcome of those discussions, the game continued. In addition, producers met privately with Dan, at which time he was issued a warning for his behavior." The text concluded: "Producers continue to monitor the situation."

Contributing: Cydney Henderson

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Survivor': CBS adds new rules after Dan Spilo, Kellee Kim controversy