The Traitors Australia has provided enough of jaw-dropping moments, but even after learning the outcome, viewers are left with one unanswered issue.
The first season of the reality show aired in Australia last year and was just released in the United Kingdom.
It’s been praised for rivalling the twists and turns seen on the local version here, with one person calling it a “treat” with “excellent participants and a helluva lot of backstabbing.”
While it was a Traitor who finally won the championship (Alex Duggan came away with the £130,000 prize pool), one of her other candidates has gotten just as much attention.
As the tournament neared its conclusion, a guy named Paul McNeill appeared in the final few episodes.
After 18 employees had been fired, it was time for financial investigator Paul, 62, to depart, but many people began to wonder where he’d been the entire time.
‘I’m watching The Traitors Australia and what the hell happened to Paul?’ one person posted on Twitter.
‘I would LOVE to know why Paul is edited out so HARD to the point you only ever see his hands or the back of his head but he makes it super far in the game??? Did he get confused and murder someone irl??? It’s wild to watch,’ someone else speculated.
Another added: ‘What on Earth was the story with Paul? I’ve never seen an edit like it. He was almost removed from the entire show. No back story shown, no exit interview in the car, mic muted on a few occasions, I think he said five sentences in ten episodes? Bizarre.’
Despite the warning, another viewer indicated they didn’t trust what they’d heard regarding Paul’s lack of television time.
‘I thought you were all exaggerating about the extent to which Paul isn’t in,’ they shared.
While Channel Ten, who aired the programme in Australia, has not revealed what happened, Paul has his own thoughts.
Speaking on The Traidar: A Traitor’s Podcast, Paul said he believed it might have been due to a few factors.
‘I think maybe because – look, I was the oldest, and these shows if you look at the statistics of people watching it, it’s young people… but it was a little bit off. I just watched the episodes again, the camera just moves away all the time. I’ve yet to see my backstory as well! It’s a really good backstory!’ he shared.
He then said that him pointing out production specifics while being shot, such as a time when he was conversing with another candidate and noted the cameraman in the room, may have made editing footage of him more difficult for people behind-the-scenes.
He continued: ‘Every single one of [my fellow contestants] wondered why [I was cut out]. I got loads of emails. In these shows you’ve got the loud, the gregarious, and they concentrate on them… if you go deep, you don’t have too much at the beginning. But as it went along, I was like, “Well I always wanted to go on a gameshow or a quiz show, and I still want to go on a reality show!”.’
Replying to a fan wondering why Paul was cut out of the show, Dirk Strachan-Thornton also explained that his co-star ‘definitely wasn’t boring’, but he ‘talked a lot about production and it couldn’t be included in final edits’.
‘So they didn’t have a lot from him,’ he said.
According to some ardent fans who calculated the figures, Paul’s average confessional duration was 0.182 per episode, the lowest in any franchise.
The Traitors Australia is streaming on BBC iPlayer.
Source My Celebrity Life.