Mark Burnett may have settled a $70 million legal battle with a former business partner a few months ago, but he's still got his ex-wife to worry about!
In a memoir called The Road to Reality: My Journey as a Real-Life Survivor, Dianne Burnett is claiming that she came up with key conceptual elements for Survivor.
The couple divorced in 2006 and she got a nice little chunk of change for her heartbreak, but she never got any credit for her alleged contributions to CBS' reality hit. She claims to have given the show it's iconic name and asserts that she helped cast Jeff Probst, as well as advising during the casting of the first season — the template for the 24 seasons that have run so far.
In a foreword, first-season winner Richard Hatch writes that readers will "discover how she survived being voted off the island she’d helped to establish.”
Dianne says she is not after any more money from her ex, but wants her children to know the truth. Mark can't resist the urge of pointing out that she's probably just after book sales. He told sources:
“Every now and then, when something is just plain wrong, you’ve got to speak out. If she did so much, so long ago, where are all her new shows?”
Not a bad argument. It also doesn't hurt that several colleagues, including Probst, have contacted sources to come to Mark's defense.
At least she's only trying to sell books and isn't taking him to court for damages!
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