Richard Hatch might be reconsidering that 'Today Show' interview

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Richard Hatch might be reconsidering that 'Today Show' interview

Wed Aug 19, 2009 @ 04:16PM PST

By Eriq Gardner

Since Richard Hatch won the first season of "Survivor," he hasn't exactly negotiated the challenges of life. In 2006, he was sentenced to time in prison plus supervised home confinement for failing to pay taxes on winnings from the show. At the time, he argued that he had made a deal with CBS to pay his share of taxes.

Hatch still maintains his innocence — and it's getting him into more trouble.

Check out this fascinating report on NBC's "Today Show." Hatch wasn't supposed to have "improper contact with the public" during his home confinement. NBC's Matt Lauer asked Hatch whether he was jeopardizing himself by giving the interview. Hatch responds that he had gotten permission.

But perhaps that wasn't the case. Hours after Hatch gave the interview, he was taken back to prison. Whether or not Hatch really had a permission slip from the authorities, the interview doesn't seem like it was the best idea. 

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