After 39 days of battling it out in Samoa, 22-year-old Sophie Clarke was crowned as the Survivor: South Pacific champ. Even better, she walked away with the $1 million grand prize. While many fans were upset with Sophie’s victory and argue she didn’t deserve to win the game, her championship status is one that was definitely overshadowed by Coach, Cochran and Ozzy’s portrayal throughout the entire season. In fact, I think her game was so hidden by other storylines that Sophie will likely go down as one of the most forgettable winners of all time. Don’t you agree? After the live reunion show in Los Angeles on Sunday, December 18, I had the opportunity to chat with the new Survivor millionaire on the red carpet. Read on to watch our exclusive interview in which Sophie reveals how she intends to spend her $1 million, explains that she was closest to Brandon on the island and also offers up a hilarious story about how she’s never recognized by fans of the show. Enjoy!
Many people have played Survivor multiple times, but Sandra Diaz-Twine is the only person to do it twice. Despite her $1 million victories from Survivor: Pearl Islands and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, Russell Hantz said she wasn’t a very good player. In a recent interview, Sandra told all about her relationship with Russell, how she reacted when he was booted from Survivor: Redemption Island and explains why he will never win the game. Read on to watch the exclusive interview with Survivor’s only two-time champ!
You may remember him as “Kentucky Joe.” When he competed back in 2001 on Survivor: The Australian Outback (season two), Rodger Bingham became an instant fan favorite. At a charity event earlier this year, I had the chance to catch up with ol’ Kentucky Joe to see what he has been up to since he first appeared on Survivor. Read on to see what Rodger had to say about Survivor‘s evolution, his current relationship with Elisabeth Hasselbeck and find out how close he was to competing on the show for a second time!
Since I started covering Survivor for season 13, I’ve had the opportunity to interview more than half of all the contestants who have played the game. But there truly isn’t anybody else quite like “Redneck” James Miller of Survivor: Palau. I recently had the opportunity to catch up with James at a charity event to see where his life has taken him since first appearing on reality television back in 2005. Instead of it being a regular interview, James took over and showed how crazy he can be. To see exactly what I mean, check out the exclusive video inside this article!
You couldn’t ask for more out of a charity event featuring reality stars from Survivor, the Amazing Race, Big Brother and Ghost Hunters. For the eighth time, Kelly Jones and Matt Keith have delivered an amazing weekend in an effort to raise money for Kosair Charities in Louisville, Kentucky. On June 18, 2011, dozens of reality stars and various other celebrities descended on the Seelbach Hilton Hotel to meet with fans for a good cause. Check out the rest of this story for more about the event and to watch video from the main event!
Grant Mattos became very close friends with “Boston Rob” Mariano throughout his experience on Survivor: Redemption Island. But by the end of the whole show — which Boston Rob eventually won — Grant became frustrated by that friendship when he was voted out of the game only to finish in eighth place. Shortly after the live reunion show at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, Grant talked with me on the red carpet about his time on Survivor. He revealed his current feelings toward Boston Rob while also declaring he doesn’t buy Phillip’s story whatsoever. Be sure to check out the video inside this article for all that and much more!
Matt Elrod endured a long stay on Redemption Island having been blindsided by the Ometepe tribe twice. When it came time for the final duel on Survivor: Redemption Island, Matt missed out on his second shot at returning to the game resulting in a seventh-place finish — that’s pretty good considering he was actually the second person voted out of the game. Throughout the season, Matt’s story was heavily based on his religious faith and celebrating his connection with God. Shortly after the live reunion show at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, Matt stopped by to talk with me on the red carpet for a few minutes about his experience on the show. We discussed his religious journey through Survivor while also chatting about Phillip Sheppard and his wacky ways. Be sure to watch the exclusive video inside this article for all that and much more.
Mike Chiesl was the last member of the Zapatera tribe standing when he was eliminated after the final duel on Survivor: Redemption Island. Shortly after the live reunion show at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, Mike talked with me on the red carpet where he compared Survivor to the military. He discussed his desire to play the game again after finishing in sixth place this time around while also explaining why Boston Rob had one of the best strategic performances in the show’s 22-season history. Be sure to check out the exclusive video inside this article to also find out Mike’s take on Phillip Sheppard.
During the final episode of Survivor: Redemption Island, Andrea Boehlke had the opportunity to return to the game after winning the last duel of the season. But her chance at redemption was cut short when she was voted out immediately after returning to the Murlonio tribe, which resulted in a fifth-place finish. In the end, she voted for Boston Rob to win the $1 million prize — but that’s just a small portion of her journey. Shortly after the live reunion show at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, Andrea talked with me on the red carpet about many things she experienced as a castaway in Nicaragua. We talked about her work ethic around camp, discussed her lazy tribemates and even touched on her relationship with Matt. Do they have a future together? All that and much more in my exclusive one-on-one video interview with Andrea.
Spa days and fighting with Phillip. Those were two elements that stick out from Ashley Underwood’s time on Survivor: Redemption Island. Despite her success in challenges late in the game, Ashley was eventually betrayed by Natalie — her closest friend in the game. Coming in fourth place, Ashley found herself on the jury where she voted for Boston Rob to win the $1 million prize. Shortly after the live reunion show at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, Ashley talked with me on the red carpet about her experience on the show. She touched on her controversial spa days, discussed her feelings toward Natalie and said that Phillip is somebody she would hang out with outside of the game. You read that right! What else did she have to say? Be sure to watch the video inside the full article to find out more.