In a Reality TV show, or rather, any game show that involves contestants being Eliminated From The Race
or Voted off the Island
, some players may actually be eliminated from the game without being either. Sometimes, factors that they weren't in control of caused them to be eliminated from the game. It's usually counted as being an actual elimination, sometimes taking the place of a scheduled elimination episode or changing it into a double-elimination period.
Non-Gameplay eliminations currently come in three types:
: Commonly seen in shows such as Survivor
in which characters are put in a physical risk, or have to compete in physical challenges. Some players may actually be injured or develop an ailment in some way that requires the medics to inspect them, and if they're deemed incapable of competing, they are evacuated from the show for medical treatment.
: Breaking the rules should not
go unpunished. While some people have gotten away with breaking rules or having rules slanted towards them, some people deliberately break rules or attempt to cheat using loopholes. Contestants may also be removed from a reality TV game show because they may pose a danger to the other contestants, such as violent outbursts or threats of physical violence.
: Sometimes, a contestant may be eliminated simply because they quit or dropped out of their own will. They all have their own reasons; maybe they feel they'll be eliminated either way and it wouldn't make a difference, maybe they're having a nervous breakdown, or it may actually be a strategic attempt to throw a wrench into the game's works. Most commonly, contestants will quit a game show for urgent personal matters - such as a death in the family. This is not the same as simply asking other people to vote you off the island.
Not to be confused with Shocking Elimination
, although the reality of some peoples' elimination can be just as shocking as the early favourite to win being eliminated.
- Evacuation has become fairly common in Survivor.
- It happened as early in the second season, The Australian Outback, in which contestant Michael accidentally passed out in the fire from a freak gust of wind and suffered burns to his face and hands.
- Again in Panama (Many seasons and years later), Bruce was eliminated from the game due to illness.
- Gary "Papa Smurf" Strikesky was evacuated in Fiji because he was having trouble breathing as a result of an allergic reaction to bug bites.
- Two people were actually removed due to injury in Micronesia aka Fans vs Favourites. Jonathan Penner was removed due to a horrible puncture wound on his knee that was actually shown on TV. Shame, since he was playing better that season. In another moment of squick, James was removed from the game for having a really terrible injury to his finger, but he could at least serve in the Jury. He was seen as reeling in an IV to Tribal Council.
- And to make matters worse, several other players had some rather bad things happen to them. There was a rumour that Chet Welch may have actually been evacuated due to a piece of coral that was stuck in his foot.
- Joe was removed in Tocantins for a life-threatening infection in his leg. (It was likely that this was why they used a "Jury of seven, final two" format as opposed to the "Final three, Jury of Seven-nine" Survivor has been more fond of using in recent years)
- Oh my gosh, Samoa. The most recent season has evacuated two people due to injury. Mike had incredibly low blood pressure and almost passed out in front of the medics (Around 62). And this happened in the second episode - earliest someone has ever been evacuated from the game. Then later on, Russell S fell unconscious in a challenge and was found to have blood pressure even lower than Mike's. (When he was around twenty years younger) Fans even pointed out signs of Jaundice.
- Perhaps the Crowning Moment of Heartwarming was when Russell was still insisting that he get sent back to the game, Jeff was actually pleading him to stop, he's not even that medical-savvy and he was worried for his life.
- Survivor was also not without several people quitting.
- The most famous was Osten in Pearl Islands. He claimed that his body was shutting down, but nobody believed him and said that it was because he just couldn't take it anymore. (Well he did barter away all his clothing except for his boxers...)
- The next season, All-Stars had two people voluntarily quit the game. Jenna Morasca was actually highly justified, as her mother was undergoing treatment for cancer and she received some "Bad vibes". Turned out, her mother died eight days later. Susan Hawk, meanwhile, left just because she felt violated and hated Richard Hatch.
- Janu Tornell of Palau quit the game, and she actually was the first to attempt to do it as a gameplay maneuver - Everyone else on the Koror tribe was mocking her and constantly belittling her. She obviously wasn't going to be leaving anytime soon, since their main target was Stephanie La Grossa (the true outsider and the only Ulong member left). So in order to "Throw a wrench in their works", she voluntarily quit the game.
- Kathleen Sleckman of Micronesia also quit the game, but it was a good thing she did...she was having a nervous breakdown on the set.
- The american Big Brother has ejected a total of three people and only one person has walked ever in the history of the show.
- The earliest was Justin Sebik, who was ejected 10 days into the show because he repeatedly threatened houseguests and held a knife to Krista Stegall's throat after a busy night of drinking. Said incident is now called "The Knife Incident".
- Scott in season four was expelled after repeated rulebreaking and a few outbursts in the house where he made many of the houseguests feel uncomfortable.
- And in the most recent season, Chima was expelled about half-way through the game. Since week one she had knowingly broken rules such as refusing to come to the diary room when called, not wearing a microphone, and covering cameras with blankets, but during week six, she just broke down. Chima walked out to practice for the upcoming Veto competition and didn't take her microphone with her. Natalie and Kevin then went to get her microphone for her so she wouldn't get penalized, but instead of accepting it, she threw it in the hot tub, then refused to pay for it. The following night, she was removed from the house for knowingly breaking rules and refusing to pay for the microphone she destroyed.
- And this, children, is why her nickname after that was Hirochima - pronounced the same way.
- The one houseguest who left, Neil, was promptly replaced and his reasons for leaving were not made public, all that is known was that it was an "Urgent family matter". Any reasons for him actually leaving are purely speculative.
- This troper remembers a Boot Camp show in which someone was evacuated for having a heart attack. One of the marines actually cried.
- The UK version of Big Brother has loads of this happening. Explaining them all will make a huge page, but there are several very good examples:
- Emma should definitely be mentioned for Fight Night 2004.
- Shahbaz was not only unfairly bullied by all the houseguests (Being isolated, locked into the back yard, and had his clothes stolen) but was rumoured to be mentally unstable. He chose to leave on Day 6.
- Two days later, Dawn was ejected for trying to cheat the rules. She admitted to having a code set up with her family in which they would give her the message "Your sister is Ill" (This was allowed in the event that people had to leave for family matters) if the media was saying bad things about her. She was going to leave, but was ejected first.
- After the incident involving Jade Goody and Shilpa Shetty, Channel 4 was very touchy about the N-Word Privileges and expelled Emily for using the N-Word while talking with a few black houseguests. They were also brought into the controversy...because the black houseguests too used the N-Word but didn't receive repercussions for doing so.
- Several people have actually decided not to say "I want out" but actually climbed out of the Big Brother House themselves, amusingly.
- And last but not least...Alexandra. She had been expelled due to threatening to have her gangster friends kill people who nominated her.
- The Australian Big Brother has had this happen. Once a woman was removed due to breaking her leg on-set, and perhaps the most controversial example was when two houseguests were removed from the game for a "Turkey slapping" incident. Let's leave it at that.