Hatch: Damian Dovarganes/AP
Matthew Flamm
September 10, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Ultimate Survivor Richard Hatch may have been just as unpopular with New York book editors as he was with TV viewers. His proposal — which was heavily autobiographical — drew negative responses from those who perused it. ”It was one of the most singularly depressing reading experiences in my entire career,” says one top editor, who found the chapters on Hatch’s early life pointless. ”He’s getting his 15 minutes, like Darva Conger.”

Simon & Schuster publisher David Rosenthal, one of the bidders, was more diplomatic: ”It’s a tough book to do under any circumstances, given the time frame…. The only thing worse than not getting the book is getting the book.” Although early reporting indicated that St. Martin’s had offered Hatch $450,000 for the memoir, publicity director John Murphy emphasized, ”There’s no deal yet. All parties are still negotiating.”

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