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November 11, 2005

Bobby Jon voted out of Survivor Guatemala

Posted by Fara Kearnes at 7:53 PM | | Comments ( 1 )

With all the bad blood going on between Jamie and the other tribemates on Survivor Guatemala, Jamie decided to swallowed his pride this week and he volunteered to take last place at the reward challenge banquet where he settled for a meal of nuts and lake water and let his tribemates have the real food. All in the name of friendship and trying to clear his good name as a southern gentleman. Ahhhhhhhhhh.

Bobby Jon and Jamie exchange pleasantries

All together now ... (((((( group hug ))))))

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October 28, 2005

Survivor Guatemala 8: Like Water for Chocolate

Posted by Fara Kearnes at 6:14 PM | | Comments ( 0 )

By now, you should all be convinced that Survivor: Guatemala is the most difficult reality show ever attempted. Forget the bug eaters on Fear Factor, the Survivor players are suffering from dehydration, painful open sores, 120 degree heat, swollen ankles, boob grabbing challenges and death by chocolate rewards.

Survivor Reward Challenge

Down to eleven players split between the two tribes, the Reward Challenge offers a dizzying and ditzy ring around the maypole contest. The tribes are required to spin like whirling dervishes as they wrap four members together in sheets of fabric, then try to unspool just as quickly. The 30 feet of material proves too much for Nakum who panic and fall down in a heap. Steph and Lydia are wrapped up in bondage and Yaxha wins in a walk.

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October 14, 2005

Survivor Guatemala Recap: The Golden Torch is Snuffed

Posted by Fara Kearnes at 8:23 PM | | Comments ( 0 )

Pool party! The only thing missing from the killer reward of a swimming pool, deck, umbrellas, lounge chairs, and margaritas given to Yaxta tribe was music. How can you have a party without some tunes? Tribe Yaxha easily blew away Nakum Jamie in the Reward Challenge and scored a very cushy pool to use for the rest of the competition of Survivor Guatemala.


And just as Nakum lost it because of one guy, Yaxta won it thanks to farmer Brandon, who has seen a rope or two around the barn and knew how to chop through the darn things in SECONDS. Over on team Nambrain, Jamie has no idea how to cut a rope and his tribe loses the reward challenge in the most lopsided win ever in Survivor history. The reward was two pitchers (JUST TWO???) of margaritas, chips, dip, guac, and a floating croc-proof swim cage with deck chairs and umbrellas. Sweet. But it wasn't really a team effort: Kudos to Brandon for winning it for his tribe.
, Back at the camps, catty Brian instigated a new game called, "Bait Blake." Seems like Honey Boy can't stop talking about himself, his athletic ability, his frat, his girlfriend with the triple-DDD boobs (cuz she's on the pill you know), his conquests of older women. On and on and on and on and on and on. Brian's devious plan worked to perfection: Once Blake got over the weakness and vomiting he had during the first days in camp, he was anxious to tell everyone how great he is. He literally bragged himself off Survivor.

As for the rest of the tribe, Brian rolls his eyes and declares he's only playing along with the praying and thanking Jesus and everything so as not to annoy the hicks on his team. He's better than them, you see, cuz he points out he's from a blue state and "most of these people I probably wouldn't be friends with outside of the game. They come from different parts of the country. I'm very New England, most of these people are from like Teeeex-ass, Tuuuul-sa, Oklahoma." Obviously, anything west of the Hudson River is just hick-town to the elite Ivy leaguer, Brian.

The other Ivy leaguer, Rafe of Brown University, continues to be a rock-solid likeable guy. The Irish cop, Amy O'Hara, also from the blue state of Massachusetts, at least asks questions of the Kansas wildcat who know country life and likes to learn new things.

Tensions mount as Judd the bellhop mixes with Nurse Margaret, who he hates. Jamie takes an odd moment to flip out on Cindy the zookeeper, who is surprisingly not on camera much, and doesn't have much to say, despite the fact that they are in the FREAKING JUNGLE and Cindy, THE ZOOKEEPER, you would think would be going batshit herself, gleefully spending her free time studying all the species of monkeys, crocediles, birds, snakes, and that beetle the size of helicopter that buzzed around Amy. I mean, did you see the size of that thing?? But has Cindy the zookeeper said bupkiss about doing a little field study? Nope. The only ape she's got a chance to study is rude Judd.

Golden girl Steph is starting to lose it. It's been an ULONG time since she's been on a tribe that manages to win an Immunity challenge, but she finally gets a break. During the catapult catch contest, Nakum outscores the NFL quarterback-lead Yaxha, 5-2, and wins immunity.

Speaking of ex-quarterback Gary, he's lost weight and seriously resembles Steve McQueen from Papillon. And the cracked and bleeding lips are painful to look at. Can't one of those cameramen hanging around slip him some chapstick? He doesn't complain, but he looks like he's weakening in the intense heat.

At the Tribal council, Bobby Jon goes back on his word to Blake about not voting him out, and does just that. Gary, Brian, Bobby Jon, Amy, and Danni all vote for Blake and his bragging mouth outta there. Golden boy was completely taken by surprise. He didn't see that one coming, but we did.

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October 7, 2005

Jeff Probst Considers Life after Survivor

Posted by Fara Kearnes at 4:35 PM | | Comments ( 2 )

Jeff Probst says he is wiped out after hosting 11 episodes of "Survivor" and hints that it may be time to leave the fabulous pay and sunny island-hopping lifestyle for ... diaper duty!

Jeff Probst pic

Jeff, who's girlfriend is "Survivor: Vanuatu" player Julie Berry, says he his contract runs through the 12th edition of the reality show, which is yet to be filmed, but he's unsure of his commitment to it beyond that.
, "I don't want to be the David Caruso of reality," Jeff said. "I'm not an idiot. But six years of being away, it does sometimes make you think. ... Signing another long-term deal would be hard, just hard. I want to start a family."

There's speculation that one of the former contestants who have become celebrities in their own right could be considered as a replacement to host the show. Let's see, Richard Hatch will be off to prison soon ... Stephenie LaGrossa has a fan base, but she's up to her ass in alligators trying to win the Guatemala gig right now ... which would leave the possibility for ... OhMaGawd ... not ... ROMMMMMBERRRR! Well, Rob and Amber would probably make a very successful replacement for Jeff ...


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September 23, 2005

Spider Web of Lies and Deceit on Survivor Guatemala

Posted by Fara Kearnes at 6:29 PM | | Comments ( 0 )

The second episode of "Survivor Guatemala" shows Gary being outed as a pro-athlete by Danni, model Blake stepping up when he's needed in the physical challenge, Tribe Yaxha bonding as a family, and Big Surprise! the dumb blonde who sits around camp, doesn't scheme, and doesn't help, gets voted out.

Me snort ants? Stephenie says no thanks to Rafe and Gary who find a nest and have an ant-scarfing feast. "They have a little zing to them," says Rafe, chowing down. Steph pins her hopes on trying to win real food in a reward challenge.

While the tribes grow hungry and mull over the idea of eating ants, grasshoppers, and minnows ("Good protein!") the reward challenge arrives. The challenge consists of climbing across a rope obstacle course (looked like a big spider web) to retrieve 8 bags, drop in the water, race up the ladder and run back. The winning tribe received hooks, bait, twine and other items to help them catch fish. The finish is close but Blake rallies to snag a win for Nakum. It's a surprise too, cuz while the other men are feeling better after the grueling 11-mile jungle hike, Blake is still ill and dehydrated, but he kicks in and wins for his tribe. Just how sick is he? Is he playin' possum?

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September 16, 2005

"Ummm, So How do we Pronounce Our Tribe?"

Posted by Fara Kearnes at 4:35 PM | | Comments ( 1 )

An 11-mile hike through the thicket in Guatemala ended with disturbing sounds of retching, vomiting, and moaning from ill and dehydrated tribesmen, accompanied by the rage of screeching insane monkeys in the jungle. throw in a lot of rain and mud, aligators, snakes, tarantulas as big as your fist, and bugs as long as your finger. Yup, "Survivor" is baaaaaaack!

"Palau was recess compared to guatemala!" was how Survivor:Palau's Bobby Jon described the start of the new series. he's back, along with reality TV goddess Stephenie, who surprised the contestants by joining the tribes at the introduction to "Survivor: Guatemala." set around mayan temple ruins, stephanie has been assigned by host Jeff Proust to join team Yaxha, and a 20-pounds heavier bobby jon to tribe Nakum.

Other than these two reality show celebs, the rest of the pack is the usually television representation of outrageously attractive "average" people - college students, waitresses, and farmboys - including you, mr. waterskiing instructor with the bad haircut, and you, miss magician's assistant, and you mr. farmer/rancher from kansas who looks like he should be in a grunge band. there's a few oldies who look especially strong, like Gary, the ex-NFL quarterback, And amy, the 39-year-old police sargent who could seriously smack around all the chicks and most of the dudes.

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September 9, 2005

"Survivor" Richard Hatch in BIG Doo-Doo with IRS

Posted by Fara Kearnes at 3:51 PM | | Comments ( 0 )

richard hatch picfrom smokinggun.com: "after rejecting a plea deal earlier this year, original "survivor" winner richard hatch was named today in a 10-count indictment charging him with tax evasion and fraudulently using charitable donations to cover personal expenses. according to the indictment, hatch never bothered to report his 2000-01 haul for winning the initial installment of the cbs reality series - a $1 million check and a $27,000 pontiac. the 44-year-old newport, rhode island resident also never told the internal revenue service about nearly $400,000 in other income."

"included in that six-figure sum was $36,500 in donations to horizon bound, a purported charity established by hatch. prosecutors allege that hatch actually used that money for personal expenses."
, "Along with two tax evasion counts, Hatch was charged with filing a false return; mail fraud (four counts); wire fraud (two counts); and bank fraud. He faces a maximum of five years in prison (and a $250,000 fine) on nine of the felony charges, though the bank fraud rap carries a 30-year max and a $1 million fine."

"Hatch reneged on a January plea agreement calling for him to cop to a pair of felony tax evasion counts. Prosecutors responded by opening a grand jury probe that resulted in Hatch being hit with eight additional felonies."

Hatch the self-professed nudist may want to keep his clothes on in prison. See the document at smokinggun.com.

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August 11, 2005

Stephenie and Bobby Jon Back for Survivor: Guatemala??

Posted by Fara Kearnes at 7:18 PM | | Comments ( 0 )

The new cast of the reality show "Survivor: Guatemala" has been announced today and, while they weren't on the official list, rumors abound that uber-popular Stephenie LaGrossa and Bobby Jon Drinkard of the losing Ulong tribe on "Survivor: Palau" will be back as a surprise addition in the Guatemala game.

CBS announced the names and bios of the 16 contestants who will "embrace the ancient Maya lifestyle" and live in authentic ruins. The named contestants include former Dallas Cowboy quarterback Gary Hogeboom, 47, and Danni Boatwright, 30, a sports radio talk show host/model/actress and former 1996 Miss Kansas (she's also married to country music singer Wade Hayes).

, The number of participants is fewer for this series, and it's been speculated that perhaps Steph and Bobby Jon will be added to bring the number to 18. CBS hinted that the castaways will face "two additional surprises in the first episode that will dramatically impact how the castaways play the game." Hmmm... maybe the two star survivors will act as adversaries to the others, or perhaps captain the tribes?

The castaways will begin their adventure with a grueling 11-mile hike through a jungle full of howling monkeys when the series begins Thursday, September 15.

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May 16, 2005

Tom Wins it All on Survivor: Palau as Ian Weeps and Wilts

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Tom WestmanIn the end, Tom Westman wanted $1 million dollars. Ian only wanted to be liked by his friends. And they both got what they wanted.

After hanging on (literally) during the longest immunity challenge in the show's history, the 41-year-old New York firefighter also made it through the jury vote to defeat Katie Gallagher at the live finale of "Survivor: Palau." And with a shave and a hair-cut (see photo), he manages to look a stunning 41 again, instead of a grizzly old 60...

"When I saw how young the cast was, I thought, 'This is gonna be perfect,'" Westman said of the game. "They're not going to know I'm a physical threat until it's too late for them. I didn't get to play that game. I played it hard. I played it as myself. While some people think that may not be too bright strategically, it did work out for me."
, And it worked out well since he only had to outlast Ian "try not to be stupid again" Rosenberger who gave up in the final test after sitting on a metal disk for 11 hours and 55 minutes. But, so stupid he was! Prior to that, his big mouth got him into trouble as usual when he said, "I win the challenge then Tom goes home. I donít win the challenge then all of a sudden Tomís my best friend again." Some things are just better left unsaid.

In a difficult immunity challenge, everyone had to climb a tower, swim, and figure out the combination to a lock. Tom wins again. Tom told Jenn that he was staying loyal to his friend Ian, but Ian opens his mouth and tells Tom that it would have been a tough decision if he had won the immunity challenge. Tom then questions himself as to why he is being loyal to Ian.

Jenn was a goner in the first tribal council which ended up in a 2 to 2 split between she and the teary-eyed Ian who just can't get his stories straight, as noble a friend as he tries to be. They went through a fire-building challenge which Ian won. Bu-bye Jenn!

The final immunity challenge required the players to stand on a buoy for as long as they can and no one is gonna beat Tom at endurance. Katie lasted all of 5 hours which is nothing in this type of test. Tom and Ian stand for nearly 12 hours Ė making it the longest "Survivor" challenge ever -- before Ian finally wilts Ė after Tom promises to take Katie to the final two. Ian plays the integrity card and forfeits a shot at the $1 million prize by saying that Tom and Katie's friendship is more important to him than winning. Ha! Like the skinny idiot will be invited to hang out with millionaire Tom after all this is over? Not! Even Tom was surprised, saying later that he was about to fall off the post giving Ian the win.

So Ian bags it and Tom and Katie face the jury. Right away, the 7 jurors make the obvious note that Katie was not exactly the a personal of value to her tribe. She was a do-nothing who didn't contribute and therefore didnít deserve to get the grand prize. Tom wins in a landslide, with only Coby, the first member of the jury, casting a ballot for Katie. He gets a shiny new truck in addition to his $1 million, which he says will take care of college tuition for his kids.

"I still have physical effects," he says of the final immunity challenge, which took him 12 hours to outwit and outlast Ian. "The feeling of numbness in my legs is still there. It was brutal. But my only shot of winning was to win that challenge."

Congrats to Tom who definitely gave it his all and deserved to win.

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May 6, 2005

Gregg is Gone as Survivor Tribalmates Target the Dark Horse

Posted by Fara Kearnes at 8:23 PM | | Comments ( 0 )

Gregg CareyGregg Carey's chances at $1 million dollars just sunk on the latest "Survivor: Palau." He may have earned a nice overnight luxury cruise on a private yacht but that was the last thing he'll ever win on the island, as his torch was finally snuffed.

He made his mistake in spending too much time concentrating on his platonic Survivor sweetheart Jenn and was easily blindsided by his tribemates. Those who were left behind on the island plotted against him as he enjoyed a cruise on a yacht as a reward for winning the reward challenge.

As an added bonus, Gregg was allowed to take two others and chose Jenn (natch) and Katie. They immediately left on the cruise where they enjoyed a delicious meal, showers, massages and two special treats - a surprise visit from one family member or friend and a swim with dolphins in a secluded cove.

Gregg, who was considered a strong contender to win it all, later told The Associated Press the move was "stupid." "I wasn't thinking strategically when I was on the boat. It was an innocent mistake. That innocence will bite you every time on `Survivor.'"
, After the trio returned, the Koror alliance crumbled. With Ian winning immunity, Gregg foolishly believed that the tribe would unanimously vote the weak Caryn off the island. But why waste a good opportunity? Back at camp, Tom, Ian and Caryn talked things over and decided that this was the perfect opportunity to get rid of Gregg. They were thinking it would be a 3-for-Gregg, 3-for-Caryn tiebreaker, and would have to take a chance of going against the stone draw.

But there was a curve thrown in. When they got back, Ian was able to turn Katie's vote away from Caryn and on to Gregg by convincing her of the logic of getting rid of a strong player, not a weak player.

When his name was drawn four times and it dawned on him what had just happened, the look on Gregg's face was classic. Gotcha! The moral of the story: Never forget for a moment that you're competing for one million dollars. And the others want it as badly as you do.

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