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Richard Hatch Gets 9 More Days; "Access" Gets Great Story

There's just no end to the selfless giving by former "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch to NBC's syndicated celebrity suck-up show "Access Hollywood."

Back in August, Hatch, who was serving out the rest of his tax-dodging sentence on home confinement at his sister's place in Rhode Island, gave an "exclusive" interview to "Access Hollywood" (as well as NBC's "Today Show" and a local NBC TV station). At the end of which authorities showed up and tossed him back in the hoosegow because they'd only given him permission to do the "Today" interview. Hatch's lawyer, Cynthia Ribas, said she thought the permission on "Today" extended to all NBC properties and called it a "little misunderstanding." Uh huh.

To recap: "Access Hollywood" gets an interview. Richard Hatch gets put back in jail.

Now, RIbas has given "Access Hollywood" the news that the August "Access Hollywood" interview has also cost Hatch nine additional days in the slammer.

"Rich was ordered to an additional 9 days as punishment for allegedly not having obtained the requisite permissions to conduct the 'Access Hollywood' and NBC Channel 10 Providence on-camera interviews, or for calling in to a radio show the following day," Ribas told "Access Hollywood." He's now due to be released next Friday.

To recap: "Access Hollywood" gets another scoop. Richard Hatch gets nine more days in jail.

Hatch had been in prison for more than three years for evading paying taxes on his million-dollar prize for winning the very first round of CBS's reality hit "Survivor." He claimed the executive producers told him they would cover the taxes on the prize.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  October 9, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  TV News  
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