Natalie White Outwits, Outlasts Russell Hantz on Survivor: Samoa Finale

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We demand a recount!

On last night's live finale of Survivor: Samoa, Natalie White was overwhelmingly voted the latest series champion. She takes home one million dollars for her efforts, even though most viewers agree that Russell Hantz controlled the game - and White, really - throughout the season.

After the jury voted, Russell - who took home the $100,000 fan favorite prize for Player of the Season - said "the nice girl outwitted and outplayed" him.

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As often happens on Survivor, the contestants refused to reward the grand prize to the person that actually played the best game.

Russell was shocked and disappointed by that decision.

"It's amazing to me how people play the game," he told E! News. "You want to be honest, have integrity, in the game? You ever play Monopoly, where you take people's houses and kick 'em out in the street? That's a game. But it's part of it, I guess."

In other words: shame on you, jury, for not acknowledging that Survivor is like any other game. The most skilled player, not the nicest individual, should come out on top.

White, of course, claims her kindness was a strategical skill.

"I made it my mission to get to... try to figure out what the voting criteria was going to be. I think because of the genuine relationships that I built, they wanted to give it to someone they truly know and will do well with the money."

Survivor returns on February 12 with an edition titled Heroes vs. Villains. No doubt Russell will be included in the latter group - and we'll be cheering him on the entire time!

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I'm such a douchebag that I hate women and think Russell is cool or something! I like to beat women up! Oh I'm so retarded to think that everyone who dislikes Russhell is ALL women! Boy am I totally fucking retarded. I need my meds!

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Russell deserved to win. He played a phenomenal and strategic game... and he won the final immunity challenge. He found hidden idols and he was a leader. You may not like his personality... and actually I can see why, but the game is not a personality contest. It's too bad that the jury voted with a vindictive agenda instead of voting for the best player. Natalie did nothing.
Russell's consolation should be that the best does not always win: think of Susan Boyle, Jennifer Hudson, and Mya. And there are more examples I can cite.
Russell should put this behind him. It was a lousy and unfair end to a great season made exciting because of Russell. And CBS knew it, they gave him the "star" edit.

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If you consider Affirmative Action then Russell is the definite winner. Take away two votes from Natalie for how much better looking she is than Russ. Take away two votes for being so much nicer than Russ. And take away two votes for Outplaying Russ by not PISSING OFF the Jury….and Russell has it. So based on Affirmative Action I agree with the Russell groupies that he should be Sole Survivor!! It’s not fair that he got crushed 7 to 2 by a sweet blonde cheerleader. Next time they should spot Russell 6 votes up front to even things out!!!!

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Russell did not play the best game in history. If it weren't for Natalie convincing Galu to vote off Erik, Russell would of been gone long time ago.. I enjoyed watching Russell play but the truth is clear, Natalie won fare and square> booyah

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Clearly people who think it was right for Nat to win are noobs to the Survivor scene, and don't understand that the whole aim of the game is to Outwit Outplay Outlast. Yes Nat technically "Outlasted" him. But the other 2 she did not! The jury needs to stop taking everything so f***ing personally and look at the whole picture -"Who played a better game than me?" Sorry, but it wasn't Nat. You do what you have to do to get to the end, and Russell is not the first one to have played this way - Richard Hatch, Brian Heidik, Johnny Fairplay...seriously people give your heads a shake.
I have been watching the show since Season 1, that's 10 years people, and never, EVER have I been so upset. I wanted to punch out my television screen. Russell played the best game of Survivor in history and he should have been credited for it. The only reason this seasons ratings were so high is because of him.

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Come on dude, it is not all women. You idiots that think he should have won are clueless. Maybe the jury shouldn't vote out of spite, but guess what 90% of the time the do. Russell was a complete moron at the end! Listen...if he was really just playing the game he should have told the jury what they wanted to hear, even if he didn't feel that way, he had ho problem lying before why all of the sudden did he think stating the blunt truth would save him at tribal council. I do agree that he played great but all he had to do was make one last deception to the final tribal council but I guess he thought he was too cool for that.

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Russell all the way. He outwitted and outplayed everyone he should have won. I mean seriously the way he played was the best ever in every season of Survivor he better be back for season 20 or im not watching it. He is my ultimate favourite.

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Russel did NOT get robbed. He and many forgot that winning survivor is two parts. Part one, getting to the end and everyone else out. Which Russell did a good job of. But there is an equally important Part Two, play the game, or some how convince those you are kicking out that they should reward you with $1 million when the time comes. Russell completely ignored that part. He continually lied to people and played people against each other, completely oblivious to the fact that once they get on the jury they hang out all those days and have nothing to talk about other than all the promises he made them. The game is equally both parts, that is why the winner is selected by the jury and not a simple “Last man standing�.

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Russell was the best player in Survivor history. He was robbed by a bunch of WATB in the jury. Sad ending to a very good season. For reality fans....How was Russell's attitude any different that Evil Dr. Will (Big Brother Winner)? Enjoy.

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I WOULD AGREE WITH BARRY IF THE GAME WAS CALLED: 'SURVIVOR: HIDE,FOLLOW,PRAY" BUT LAST TIME I CHECKED IT WAS CALLED "SURVIVOR: OUTWIT, OUTPLAY, OUTLAST". WE ALL KNOW RUSSELL WON THE GAME. THE JURY SHOULD BE SIMPLY ASHAMED NOT TO RECOGNIZE THE TRUE ACHIEVEMENT HE ACCOMPLISHED DURING THE SEASON. 1. FINDING NOT 1, NOT 2 BUT 3!!! IDOLS WITHOUT ANY CLUES 2. PLAYING ONE OF THEM WHERE THEY VOTED HIS NAME 8 TIMES! 3. WON THE LAST CHALLENGE AT A MOST CRUCIAL TIME! CONTROLLED THE GAME FULLY. WHAT DID NATALIE DO AGAIN ;) I REST MY CASE. RUSSEL WON IT BUT FACED A TRULY BIASED SORE LOSER CRY BABY JURY. CONGRATS RUSSEL!