The Hatch Tax Saga Continues: Hatch vs. Erb

Forbes contributor, Kelly Phillips Erb, blogged about ex-Survivor contestant/winner, Richard Hatch’s tax problems last week and this week she’s completely changed her tune.  What made her backpedal?  A personal call from Mr. Hatch.

The Tax Girl’s April 24th blog post portrayed Hatch as a quasi-celeb tax-dodging goofball.  Maybe its the commercial that makes him look like a goofball.  But nonetheless, Hatch called her out in a comment to her article, claiming that she didn’t bother getting her facts straight.  Then they spoke via telephone and Hatch gave her the complete rundown on what has happened in his fight with the IRS and the judicial system from the time he finished his stint on Survivor up to the present.  AND NOW, in today’s blog post, all of a sudden Hatch is a “victim” and a true survivor.  See today’s post here.

Whatever, I get it.  The phone call made her realize that Hatch is an actual human being suffering under the burden of a massive tax debt, and following his tax story through reports of the mainstream media may not have resulted in an accurate understanding of the controversy.  Heck, if Kelly were to call me in response to this post, I’m sure I’d do some backpedaling myself:)