Inside Move: ‘Survivor’ secret hard to keep

Knowledge gnaws at Karmazin, 99 others

The world will soon learn whether Richard, Rudy, Susan or Kelly took home $1 million as the ultimate “Survivor.” But for the approximately 100 people who already know the winner’s identity, the burden of carrying that knowledge grows heavier every day.

Just ask Viacom president and chief operating officer Mel Karmazin. While rival moguls like Rupert Murdoch and Gerald Levin are blissfully unaware of which Alliance member wins final immunity, Karmazin’s got the skinny — but the exec said knowledge isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.

“It sucks,” Karmazin told Daily Variety. “I’m not enjoying the show as much as I could have.”

Although CBS Television topper Leslie Moonves earlier told reporters that Karamazin pressed to find out the winner’s identity, Karmazin said Moonves practically forced the information on him.

“I absolutely have not liked (knowing the end result),” Karmazin said. “It’s difficult when I’m with other people and they try to fish it out of me. I have to have people sample my drinks to make sure there’s no truth serum in it.

“It’s lonely on top,” he jokes.

Karmazin isn’t the only person wrestling with knowing too much about the final “Survivor” episode. Sound engineer Terry Dwyer, who mixed the final “Survivor” episode for audio mixing company Wildwoods, says he had to sign a confidentiality agreement before going to work.

Dwyer’s suddenly become a lot more popular in his neighborhood since word came out that he’s got the goods on “Survivor.”

“I have some neighbors bugging me all the time,” he said.

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