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'Survivor': Where Are They Now?

by Audrey Fine, posted May 28th 2010 7:00PM
SurvivorIt's been 10 years since 'Survivor' first premiered on May 31, 2000 and proceeded to captivate the country over the course of that summer. Week after week, more and more people tuned in to see Richard, Sue, Kelly and Rudy battle in challenges, form alliances and vote their fellow survivors off the show. And, in the end, nearly 59 million people watched the finale -- and Richard Hatch win the $1 million prize.

So, after 10 years and 20 seasons, let's catch up with the contestants who tried to outwit, outplay and outlast ...

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Survivor: Where Are They Now?

Sandra Diaz-Twine
Last Seen:Winning 'Survivor: Pearl Islands.'
Where is She Now? We would put an APB on Sandra, but we applaud her stealthiness. She won her $1 million and did not join her colleagues in projects such as 'The Scorned.' Although invited to participate on 'All -Stars,' she was still recovering from her bout with parasites from 'Pearl Islands' and declined.
Who Knew? After winning 'Heroes Vs. Villains,' she's the only two-time winner of 'Survivor.'

Survivor: Where Are They Now?

Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton
Last Seen:Telling "the greatest lie in 'Survivor' history" (that his grandmother had died), then placing third on 'Pearl Islands.'
Where is He Now? Fairplay is still the most hated man in reality TV. He was kicked off 'Kill Reality' for pooping in a bed. Later, MTV's 'True Life' showed how he gained and lost work due to his abrasive personality.

Survivor: Where Are They Now?

Ethan Zohn
Last Seen:Outlasting everyone on 'Survivor: Africa.'
Where is He Now? After receiving several awards for his nonprofit organization Grassroot Soccer, which educates African kids about HIV/AIDS through the sport, Zohn hosted two soccer shows, 'FC Fox' on the Fox Soccer Channel and 'The Metro Soccer Report' on the MSG Network. After battling cancer, Zohn got a clear CT scan in April 2010 and is now in remission.

Survivor: Where Are They Now?

Amber Brkich & Rob Mariano
Last Seen: Amber was sixth on 'Australia,' while Rob was eighth on 'Marquesas.' They were the top two 'All-Stars.'
Where are They Now?They made reality TV love an easy business by placing second on 'Amazing Race' and airing their wedding. The couple starred in their own reality show and appeared on 'Amazing Race: All-Stars.

Survivor: Where Are They Now?

Richard Hatch
Last Seen: Winning the first season of 'Survivor.'
Where is He Now? After being convicted of tax evasion – a charge he still vehemently denies – in 2006, Hatch was sentenced to 51 months in prison. He was released in May of 2009 and placed under house arrest for the remainder of his sentence. Three months later, he was re-arrested for having granted two interviews that hadn't been cleared with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. On October 16, 2009 Hatch was finally released from prison.
Who Knew? Jeff Probst told Entertainment Weekly that had he been a free man, Hatch would've been invited to participate in season 20, 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.' No word on which tribe he'd have been on.

Survivor: Where Are They Now?

Julie Berry
Last Seen: The Gorham, ME native was voted out 14th on 'Survivor: Vanuatu.'
Where is She Now? Berry might have faded to the background like most of the other 300 past Survivors, had she not embarked on a nearly 4 year-long romance with host Jeff Probst following her stint in French Polynesia. "Sadly, Julie and I are not dating anymore," Probst told the 'Phillipine Daily Inquirer' in March of 2008, "But it was a good love affair," he said of the time he spent with Berry who has worked with at-risk children.
Who Knew? Berry is a Native American from the Maliseet tribe and ranked No. 97 on Maxim magazine's 'Hot 100 of 2005' list.

Survivor: Where Are They Now?

Taj (Tamara Johnson-George)
Last Seen: Brooklyn-born Taj was the 13th voted out on 'Survivor: Tocantins' and placed second – behind season winner "JT" Thomas for the "Sprint Player of the Season" award.
Where is She Now? The former SWV (Sisters with Voices) popstar and Ford model is still married to former NFL running back – and Heisman Trophy winner – Eddie George and they have a son, Eriq.
Who Knew? Johnson was accepted to NY's Baruch College to study accounting and had never watched an episode of the show before appearing on 'Survivor' – she went to a casting that was specifically looking for an "NFL wife."

Survivor: Where Are They Now?

Yau-Man Chan
Last Seen:Dubbed an "unlikely hero" by host Jeff Probst, Chan was the fourth place finisher on 'Survivor: Fiji' and the third voted off when he returned to play as a "Fan Favorite" in Micronesia.
Where is He Now? The champion table tennis player, who has a physics degree from M.I.T. and a Masters from UC Santa Barbara, is the Chief Technology Officer for Computing Services at UC Berkeley.
Who Knew? Chan worked on a pilot for a reality show called 'The Skeptologists' that hopes to be a 'Mythbusters' for the intellectual set. While it has yet to be picked up, producers promise that, "Each show [will be] an amazing, dramatic and entertaining ride through science, technology and critical thinking."

Survivor: Where Are They Now?

Ami Cusack
Last Seen: The Golden, CO native was the 13th castaway voted off 'Survivor: Vanuatu' and the 8th whose torch was snuffed on the "Fan Favorite" Micronesia season.
Where is She Now? Although she was identified as a lesbian when her supposed girlfriend visited during a Vanuatu challenge, Cusack maintains that she's not gay. "I don't know if I would put a specific label on any of it. I mean, if I met the woman of my dreams and fell in love, I would stay with her, and if I met the man of my dreams and fell in love, I would stay with him," she told AfterEllen.com. "'Bisexual' doesn't really seem to fit me, and "lesbian" doesn't really fit. I don't know. I don't know what I would classify myself as."
Who Knew? Before leaving for her first season on Vanuatu, Cusack packed on 20 pounds. "I figured 20 lbs. could last me 20 days," she told People. "When I left the show, I had lost [the weight], so it balanced out."

Survivor: Where Are They Now?

"Big" Tom Buchanan
Last Seen: The affable Buchanan was the 13th voted out of the third season of 'Survivor.' Although he lost to Ethan Zohn, the cattle farmer won over a huge public following and returned for the 'All Stars' season where he became the 14th ousted castaway.
Where is He Now? Prompted by the show's revelation that he couldn't spell, Buchanan has since become an ardent literacy advocate working with elementary schools in his hometown of Rich Valley, VA.
Who Knew? Buchanan's luxury item for Africa was – wait for it – a raccoon penis. Seems that an old man acquaintance predicted that good luck would follow anyone who carried it. Since he finished 4th, the guy may have been mistaken.

Survivor: Where Are They Now?

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EadieG

Survivor is like an old hat. Needs major revamping including replacing Jeff Probst.

June 03 2010 at 9:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bobbi

@Think before u speak--You should take the advice of your User Name. You don't have to be any more than casual observer of "Survivor" to recollect that during Russell's first season as a player,"Survivor: Samoa" BEFORE his return for 'Heroes Vs. Villains," during a conversation with one of his team mates, he said, and I am paraphrasing, "I'm in oil and live in Texas. I have several million dollars. I'm not here for the money. I want to be chosen as the best player in "Survivor" history." He said "I'm letting them all think I'm a hillbilly from the south." During the tally of the votes, after Probst named Natalie as winner of the million, Russell Hantz was nonplussed regarding money, but it was obvious his wheels were turning 100 mps. I remember Russell's eyes looking like a caged animals, as his mind churned so frantically. Suddenly he said he would pay his one hundred thousand dollars for coming in second, if Jeff/Survivor would give him a plaque or trophy saying so, which caught Probst off guard, so he said off handedly that he was willing to sign a piece of paper saying Russell was the BEST player in "Survivor" history. That's the kind of credit Russell wanted this last time too, for everyone to proclaim him the best. You could tell that the producers must have told him before the tally of the votes to lay off on that, because you could tell he was just squirming in his own skin wanting the greatest Survivor EVER recognition again. I would be willing to bet that the paper Probst signed that night is framed in gold and is probably displayed above his fireplace with lights constantly keeping it dwelling in bright but silent splendor, along side a picture of Russell holding the paper too I imagine.

June 02 2010 at 2:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Think before u speak

to hello dolly...Russell had the best advantage in that nobody knew what a lying slimeball he is because they were filming while the season he was on was being aired. What I don't get is why those who are commenting that he"s a millionaire when he hasn"t won anything but second place and viewers choice.

May 31 2010 at 4:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bobbi

@Merv Jones- Umm, yea, that IS a "hard" one Merv. *smirk*

May 31 2010 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bobbi

It's amazing what you suddenly find looking really tasty, actually start to like, or are at least willing to eat, like it or not, when you feel as if your stomach might cave in from the 1/3 cup or rice/beans you get a day, and the occasional single fish split 10 ways, just a taste of course, and don't forget to follow it up with a dessert of cocoanut with a cocoanut milk chaser. As Tom Hanks character of "Jack" in the film, "Castaway" informed viewers via narrative, as well as sharing the news with his pal "Wilson," "I soon learned that cocoanut and cocoanut milk are natural laxatives...." A rat beaten to death with a stick and shared umpteen ways? I've heard of worse.

May 31 2010 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mynameis

If "Survivor" was never created, we would not have show's similar to that same foramality: "American Idol", "America's Got Talent", "So You think You can Dance","Dancing with the Stars"(does DWTS have a purpose?), "The Biggest Loser" (despite the contract's and waiver's signed, "Biggest Loser" is the biggest insult to overweight people. but that's just my opinion). Every show that start's with a large group, and graduallly eliminate's everybody to get that one winner, is itself a loser

May 31 2010 at 1:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BONITA

i love watching the show. yes , sometimes it is the same , but they always change things to keep you on your toes.
it also always gets me that they are so many talented, slimy,backstabing, lying people out there, and we give them a millon bucks for that talent.
as much as i couldn't stand russell, i think he was the best ever on the show. he was on top of everything. i can see why he is a millionaire.

May 31 2010 at 1:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mynameis

If "Survivor" was never created, we would not have show's similar to that same foramality: "American Idol", "America's Got Talent", "So You think You can Dance","Dancing with the Stars"(does DWTS have a purpose?), "The Biggest Loser" (despite the contract's and waiver's signed, "Biggest Loser" is the biggest insult to overweight people. but that's just my opinion). Every show that start's with a large group, and graduallly eliminate's everybody to get that one winner, is itself a loser

May 31 2010 at 1:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chillywig

I have watched several seasons of suvivor but this is the last time I'll watch. I feel like it was a total waste of time watching this season. How many times can you watch people stand on a pole and fight to win? Then in the end the cast votes against the real suvivor that should win and votes for some dummy that ended up in the final thinking how'd I get here. This was probably the best season with the worst outcome. I won't waste my time next seaon!!!

May 31 2010 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jaba

Glad that "Danny" whomped this disgusting looking parasite, "Fair Play" I hate the fact that his anus-looking face is on my AOL page. Can't log on without wanting to puke at the sight of this piece of cheese!

May 31 2010 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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