Survivor Winner: Who is $1 Million Richer?

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An Iowa sex therapist is reality TV's newest millionaire.

On last night's season finale of Survivor: Philippines, Denise Stapley took home the show's grand prize, brewing out Michael Skupin and former Facts of Life star Lisa Whelchel  in the process.

Survivor: Philippines Finalists

"In Iowa, you can do a lot with this," said host Jeff Probst upon presenting the check to Stapley, who referred to the win as "life changing."

Dawn - who actually played on all three tribes throughout the season - was voted the champion by a jury of her eight peers.

Whelchel, the actress behind Blair Warmer in the 1980s sitcom, flew through the show with only two castaways aware of her identity.

She earned Sprint"s $100,000 Player of the Season award, voted for by online the viewers.


I was really surprised at how bitter the jury was considering how few backstabs there were this season. I was rooting for Malcolm before the show started, but I don’t know how to feel about him after what he said when he had his chance to speak on the jury. I was talking to a coworker at DISH who just chalked it up to him being angry about Mike and Lisa choosing him for no real reason, but if that is it why did he blow up on Denise? I had totally forgotten that they moved the finale to Sunday, but thankfully my DISH Hopper recorded it with PrimeTime Anytime. Having it record everything during primetime on the four major networks is such a lifesaver when they mix the schedule up!


Actually, Denise is the one who said she could do a lot with the money in Iowa, not Jeff Probst. And her name is Denise, not Dawn. Writer needs to check for accuracy before posting!

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