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Stephen Fishbach Blogs About the Survivor Winner Who 'Brought the House Down'

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for People since 2009. This season, he blogged about his experiences in Cambodia as a competitor on Survivor: Second Chance. Follow Stephen on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"Everybody's on my side, and I'm the popular guy. Everybody wants to date the prom king, so this is perfect. This will work out." –Jeremy Collins, Survivor: San Juan Del Sur

All you future contestants: get to humping. In the season finale of Survivor: Second Chance, Jeremy Collins debuted the greatest move the game has ever seen.
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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: The Dangers of Trust, Yes 'We' Can and How the Jury's Still Playing the Game

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: The Dangers of Trust, Yes 'We' Can and How the Jury's Still Playing the Game
Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for People since 2009. This season, he will blog about his experiences in Cambodia as a competitor on Survivor: Second Chance. Follow Stephen on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"I came here not to be feeling bad for other people. I came here to win a million dollars." –Abi-Maria Gomes, Survivor: Philippines

One of the best parts of being on the jury is that you're watching Survivor happen from 10 ft. away.

We sit on the stone steps of Tribal Council and watch Jeff Probst grill the contestants.
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What 'Historic' Thing Happens in the 'Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance' Finale?

CBS's "Survivor: Cambodia" -- aka Season 31, aka "Second Chance" -- is ending its fantastic run on Wednesday, December 16, with a two-hour finale and one-hour reunion show (where probably only Spencer and maybe two other people will be allowed to speak). At the end of the penultimate episode, Jeff Probst teased that, during the finale, something would happen for the first time in 31 seasons. What is it? We have a guess, but first here's more from Jeff to Entertainment Weekly:

Okay, six players left as we head to the finale/reunion. What can you tell us about both next Wednesday night?

"The finale is ... phenomenal. Historic. Unpredictable. And ultimately satisfying. I think it will cap off, in grand fashion, what most fans will regard as one of — if not The greatest season of Survivor. I have absolutely loved the way this group played. I am proud and impressed by the level
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Joe Anglim: 'My Blood Was Hot' After Being Voted Off Survivor

Don't feel bad for Joe Anglim.

When Survivor returns on Wednesday night, he'll be noticeably absent during the challenges. The rest of the tribe correctly determined that he was a threat to win the whole game and voted him out on day 31.

But Anglim, 27, will be just fine.

"Joe is athletic," host Jeff Probst told People earlier this season. "Joe is good-looking. Women want to date Joe; men wish they were Joe. He's got a lot of skills that make him good at life, but a threat at Survivor"

Case in point: Anglim competed so hard in an immunity challenge that he passed out.
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Who Wins 'Survivor: Second Chance'? Jeremy, Joe, Spencer, Kelley?

"Survivor" Season 31 (yes, can you believe it?) is now airing, and "Survivor: Second Chance" is one of the best competitions CBS has ever aired. Maybe it's the returning players, all "losers" hungry for a win, or the many twists that have only improved the gameplay and have yet to feel like desperate gimmicks. It's rare to have so many players pushing to win, with very different strategies, and we can't wait to see who ends up the sole survivor of "Survivor: Cambodia."

Who will it be?

Well, the edits certainly give us some hints. For example, we could've told you it wouldn't be Kelly Wiglesworth even before she was eliminated in Episode 9, since she had almost no screen time, including confessionals. Spencer Bledsoe is still the confessional king. The producers have him narrating the season, like this is his story and everyone else is a supporting player. Then again,
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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: An Impressive (and Sneaky!) Idol Score and a Potentially Game-Changing Advantage

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: An Impressive (and Sneaky!) Idol Score and a Potentially Game-Changing Advantage
Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for People since 2009. This season, he will blog about his experiences in Cambodia as a competitor on Survivor: Second Chance. Follow Stephen on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"An alliance is easier said than done." –Kelly Wiglesworth, Survivor: Borneo

Before I start this blog, I need to take a moment to apologize to humanity. Yes, if you were watching that episode last night, I misquoted one of the most famous lines in literature on national television.

It's double, double toil and trouble.

Not boil, boil, toil and trouble.
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Survivor's Woo Hwang: I Tried to Play an Aggressive Game

Woo Hwang came into this season of Survivor with a lot of baggage.

When the 31-year-old martial arts instructor played in Survivor: Cagayan, he made a colossal mistake in taking eventual winner Tony Vlachos to the finals even though he may have had a better chance against Kass McQuillen, who had rubbed some of the contestants the wrong way.

That choice cost him the game.

During his second chance, Hwang's game never really got off the ground. He went to nearly every tribal council and watched as his allies were voted off.

He was voted off on day 16 – partially
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Terry Deitz Reveals the Terrifying Story of Being Pulled from Survivor

Terry Deitz Reveals the Terrifying Story of Being Pulled from Survivor
Terry Deitz waited a decade to return to Survivor. In 2005's Survivor Panama, he finished the season in third place, but he always believed that he could do better.

"I always felt like I had what it takes to win the game," he told People before competing on Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance, "and I've been waiting for ten years to go back."

But his dream came to an abrupt end the night of day 13 when host Jeff Probst came to the camp and told Deitz that his son was ill and that he needed to return home immediately.

It was very serious.
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Terry Deitz Leaves 'Survivor: Second Chance,' Updates on Son Danny

This is the worst way to leave "Survivor." To promote tonight's October 28 "Bunking With the Devil" episode of "Survivor: Cambodia," aka Season 31, "Survivor: Second Chance," CBS teased, "One castaway is pulled from the game due to a family emergency; the players drop their buffs for a second time and switch tribes; players chow down on local delicacies to win immunity."

The promo showed Jeff Probst visiting one tribe at night, which is never a good thing. We heard Kass McQuillen say having someone go home like this is worse than anything you can imagine in "Survivor." And when Chaos Kass gets emotional you know things are serious.

What happened?

They showed it at the start of the episode, on Day 13 of the game. Terry Deitz, 55, of "Survivor: Panama" was pulled from the game when his son Danny was said to be seriously ill and hospitalized. Terry's wife called production and,
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'Survivor: Second Chance' shocker: Did you predict eliminated castaway in 'What's the Beef?''

'Survivor: Second Chance' shocker: Did you predict eliminated castaway in 'What's the Beef?''
Did you predict that Jeff Varner would be the fourth person voted out of "Survivor: Second Chance"? If so, you should be taking place in our weekly prediction contest. Hurry -- make your "Survivor" predictions for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so get started by scrolling down to predict which castaway will be kicked off the island next. -Break- Who will win 'Survivor: Second Chance'? See exclusive predictions According to exclusive Gold Derby odds that are derived from the predictions made by contest entrants like you, Jeff's elimination was a shocker as he only had 8/1 odds (11% chance) of being voted out Wednesday night. Our readers instead thought that Woo Hwang would be the one sent packing, but he was able to convince his tribe mates to keep him around a little bit longer. Congratulations to our reader Pretty
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'Survivor: Second Chance': Is Jeff Varner playing the best or worst game?

'Survivor: Second Chance': Is Jeff Varner playing the best or worst game?
If forced to choose the Mvp of "Survivor: Second Chance" so far, Jeff Varner is the likeliest of answers if only because he's had the biggest impact on the game. Instrumental in all three eliminations, Jeff's aggressive yet volatile strategy has made major waves in the game and this week he even crossed tribal lines in order to survive. Heading into Episode 3, our contest players had Jeff's odds to win at 12/1, but he now has lowly 40/1 odds to win. Let's evaluate his good and bad moves so far in the game, and be sure to make your "Survivor" predictions for your chance to win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. -Break- Who will win 'Survivor: Second Chance'? See exclusive predictions Jeff’s Good Moves: Pitting "old school" against "new school" Jeff very keenly divided the tribe into two factions right out of the gate,
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Video: Survivor's Jeff Varner Blasts His Fellow Castaways, 'I Want to Vote Them All Out'

Video: Survivor's Jeff Varner Blasts His Fellow Castaways, 'I Want to Vote Them All Out'
On every season of Survivor, one contestant manages to steal the show.

This season, it's Jeff Varner, the 49-year-old from North Carolina who's snarky, funny and extremely quotable – although he sometimes says things that make everyone's jaw drop.

In the first two episodes of Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance, Varner has been playing hard, all the while telling other contestants that the game is moving too fast and he's just trying to keep up. (You're not fooling us, Jeff. Sorry. You know exactly what you're doing.)

In an exclusive deleted scene from this week's episode, Varner talks strategy – and then shares
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Survivor's Shirin Oskooi: 'My Emotions Were Too Raw to Play Again So Soon'

Survivor's Shirin Oskooi: 'My Emotions Were Too Raw to Play Again So Soon'
Few contestants have been beaten down by Survivor as much as Shirin Oskooi.

After spending 10 years applying for the show, she was finally cast in Survivor: Worlds Apart. On that season, she had vitriolic clashes with contestants Dan Foley and Will Sims that reduced her to tears.

Then she got the chance to play again in Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance. There was just one hitch: she would be playing back-to-back seasons. As soon as the Survivor: Worlds Apart live finale was finished, she would be whisked away to play again.

Before she knew it, Oskooi was back on an island,
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Survivor 31 Eliminated Shirin Oskooi Tonight,September 30th

Tonight's episode, kicked off with the usual conversation footage. Kelley Wentworth expressed how happy she was to snag up the immunity idol during the last immunity challenge. Meanwhile, Jeff revealed that he wanted to go ahead and get either Shirin or Spencer out early because they're gaming hard right now. Spencer told the private cams that Abi was basically awful and hated that he had to work with her. Andrew told the private cams that he definitely didn't like the fact that Stephen Fishbach was already searching for an immunity idol. Abi started a fight with Peih-Gee at one point after Abi overheard her talking about her behind her back. Terry moved in to offer Abi some protection in the game, and she was definitely open to it since all the girls turned on her. Next, they showed immunity/rewards challenge footage. It was an obstacle course and puzzle challenge.
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'Survivor: Second Chance' cast: Can Jeff Varner win after 14-year absence?

'Survivor: Second Chance' cast: Can Jeff Varner win after 14-year absence?
Will Jeff Varner win "Survivor: Second Chance"? With the show's 31st season set to premiere on CBS Sept. 23, keep coming back to Gold Derby for in-depth analyses of all 20 returning players, including pros and cons that may affect their chances this time around. Hurry - make your "Survivor" predictions for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so get started by scrolling down to predict which castaway will be kicked off the island first. -Break- Who will win 'Survivor: Second Chance'? See exclusive predictions Jeff Varner Previous Finish: 10th place Season 2: The Australian Outback The second season of "Survivor" has provided audiences a wealth of new looks at its contestants -- Tina, Colby, Amber, Alicia, Jerri and Michael have all had their second chances in previous seasons and Elisabeth has enjoyed a high-profile career in media. But surprisingly, this is
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Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance Contestants Tell People How They Prepared to Play Again

Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance Contestants Tell People How They Prepared to Play Again
Well, this should be fun.

CBS has released the first details of Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance, and the season sure looks like a winner.

In May, America voted for the cast of the long-running franchise's 31st season. They chose 10 men and 10 women who had competed once before but hadn't won the game.

By and large, America got it right, although the omission of Survivor: Africa's Teresa Cooper was a heartbreaker.

Still, multiple sources have told People that the season turned out to be one of the franchise's strongest in its 31-season history. Here's what to expect:

Pregame PlansPeople spoke
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Interview: Rodney Lavoie Jr. and Sierra Dawn Thomas talk 'Survivor: Worlds Apart'

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Interview: Rodney Lavoie Jr. and Sierra Dawn Thomas talk 'Survivor: Worlds Apart'
"Survivor: Worlds Apart" fourth and fifth place finishers Rodney Lavoie Jr. and Sierra Dawn Thomas called me as a package deal on Thursday (May 21) morning following the "Survivor" finale. The pairing probably spared Rodney lots of repetition about the various sexism and misogyny charges leveled through the season and discussed through the finale. Those issues came up in our conversation, but it wasn't the meat of the exit interview. In a season with a 6-1-1 vote, I let Sierra and Rodney defend casting their respective votes for Carolyn and Will instead of eventual winner Mike. We discussed a few strategic points in the game, we circled around the sexist comments, the edit and who apologized to whom. And we talked about Rodney's birthday and his feelings about Tom Brady's suspension in Deflategate. Which Rodney compares to excessive attention to "Survivor" sexism. Paired interviews are a good way to deflect problematic questions!
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Recap: 'Survivor: Worlds Apart' Finale - The Winner Is...

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Recap: 'Survivor: Worlds Apart' Finale - The Winner Is...
Pre-credit sequence. It's Night 35 and the Top 5 castaways return to camp. Carolyn is giddy. Mike is incredulous. Rodney is offended that Carolyn didn't tell him about the Idol, which is funny since Carolyn's offended that Rodney voted for her. They agree that without Idols or advantages remaining, everybody wants Mike out, which is especially funny since Mike was the only person to support Carolyn at the previous Tribal. But loyalty doesn't go very far when you're this deep into "Survivor." Mother-Lover. Tonight's Reward is an individual challenge and it's really only worthwhile if Rodney loses. No Rewards for Rodney! It's a complicated challenge involving tiles, a number puzzle, shuffle board and other stuff. Wanna know what they're playing for? Love! Carolyn's husband comes out and she cries. It's a fairy tale marriage. Everybody cries. Mike's mom comes out and he cries. It's a fairy tale mother-son relationship.
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'Survivor: Worlds Apart' Finale Recap: And the Winner is...

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'Survivor: Worlds Apart' Finale Recap: And the Winner is...
Season 30, Survivor: Worlds Apart, has been a turbulent journey of ups and downs. We've had ugly social issues arise after Will and Dan issued personal attacks on Shirin. Mike has scrambled his way to the finale, despite having his back against the wall for weeks. And maybe most importantly, we've been blessed with Joe's adorable dimples. But now, it's finally time to see who wins it all. As Jeff would say, "Sole Survivor is back up for grabs!"
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Dan Foley: My Survivor Portrayal Was Unfair

Dan Foley: My Survivor Portrayal Was Unfair
Everyone knows that Survivor is a highly edited show.

Over a period of three days, multiple cameras film between 300-500 hours of footage. Then, a team of editors boil all that footage down to one 44-minute episode.

Dan Foley, the latest contestant voted off the island, says he watched the first two episodes and realized that he was going to get a villain's edit. But even he seems surprised at how negatively he was portrayed – and how vitriolic the viewer response has been.

So what did we miss? Foley, a 47-year-old postal worker from Maine, was happy to tell us.
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