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"Survivor' alum mum on cast mate's lawsuit

Published Sep. 9, 2005

Though he's getting about $6,000 to speak to students and the public at the University of South Florida tonight, there's one thing former Survivor contestant Sean Kenniff won't talk much about.

That's the lawsuit filed by Survivor cast mate Stacey Stillman claiming that Kenniff and Dirk Been were coerced into voting her off CBS's hit reality TV game show last year.

"I really like CBS and I really like Stacey, so I was advised not to say much," offers Kenniff, who joins fellow castaway Ramona Gray at 8 tonight in the school's Special Events Center in Tampa, speaking on their roles in the debut season of CBS's hit "reality TV" show last summer. "But I never felt coerced or influenced by anyone at the production level."

Gray and Kenniff will dish on how real "reality TV" is during their speech, which is free and open to the public.

Kenniff, 31, denies that Survivor is ruining the entertainment industry by making media stars of people with few show business talents.

"Anybody who is successful in Hollywood will admit that, at some point, they were in the right place at the right time," he says.