Richard Hatch has made his return to reality television. By all accounts, he appears to have lost none of the abrasive personality that originally made him a star.
The 49-year-old is best known as the winner from the debut season of "Survivor" back in 2000. He was later convicted in 2005 for failing to report the $1,010,000 he had received from his winnings and other related income. He was released from jail in 2009.
Sunday night, he made his return as part of the new cast of Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" — and things quickly turned ugly between him and fellow contestants David Cassidy and Jose Canseco.
In a "Battle of the Sexes" charity challenge over who could sell the most pizzas in an allotted time, Hatch led the men's team to a loss, with Star Jones and the ladies winning $35,000 for the American Red Cross.
In the boardroom, when it came time for Trump to decide who to send home for the poor showing, sparks flew between Hatch, Cassidy and Canseco.
"David brought up Richard pushing him," wrote Sarah Kelber of The Baltimore Sun. "Jose said he hated Richard. Richard brought it to a new level by mocking David for being 'little' and 'delicate' and 'whiny' and also told Jose he wasn't smart."
In the end, Trump gave Cassidy the boot after the former teen idol asked Canseco to back him up; a move that Donald took as a sign of weakness. Plus, something tells me the producers are keen to keep Hatch around for the drama.
Should he win, Hatch has designated that the charity Grassroot Soccer will receive his $250,000 reward. The organization uses soccer to educate children in parts of Africa where the AIDS virus has caused massive devastation.
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