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Jennifer Lyon has died at age 37. She starred on Survivor in 2005, the same year she was diagnosed with breast cancer, against which she fought a long battle.

"I was completely shocked and overwhelmed," Lyon said of her initial diagnosis of the disease. "I felt fine that day; in fact, I've been healthy my entire life."

Austin Carty, an alum of Survivor: Panama, dated Lyon, who starred on Survivor: Palau, in 2006. "Jen was a genuinely selfless, sweet-natured person," he said.

"She always had a smile. She cared about every person.”

R.I.P. Jennifer Lyon (1973-2010).

Carty last saw his friend at a breast cancer charity event in New York during summer 2009, where she received a standing ovation after giving a speech.

"She was engaged in the fight of her life, but she had every intention to fight,” Carty said. "This has really rocked the Survivor community. It's just so sad."

Our deepest condolences to Lyon's family and friends.

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On last night's Survivor finale, Natalie White somehow outwitted, outlasted and outplayed Russell Hantz to claim the season's million-dollar prize.

Viewers groaned when the game's best player had to settle for second place, as Hantz was clearly the dominant contestant throughout the season.

It's a fact Russell himself wasn't afraid to speak on during a post-finale interview with TV Guide Magazine. A few excerpts follow...

On being named Fan Favorite: It's wonderful because that shows the jury that even the fans knew that I played the best game. And it shows them that they did make the wrong decision. The people are telling you, you made the wrong decision.

On the jury: I thought they would respect the game enough, because we go through so much out there, that they would vote for me. That’s why I was so confident, I thought that they would respect the game. But I was dead wrong on that. I played with a bunch of people who never should have played the game.

On his strategy: I don’t know how I’m going to play game until I start planning out who I’m playing with. I see if I can manipulate them, or if I have to follow somebody for a little while, to get rid of that person... I don’t know if I would play differently or if I would play the same. I don’t know that I would do it again.

Look for Russell Hantz to be included on the upcoming Survivor edition, which pits heroes against villains. It premieres on February 12.

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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.

Russell Hantz

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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As controversy swirls over the segreation of tribes on the upcoming Survivor, has at least helped gamblers trying to decipher between ethnicities.

Survivor Cook Islands Photo

If you plan on watching the CBS reality show this fall - and, of course, wager on it - here are the opening lines on which team will finish first:

The Asian Americans: 13/7
The Hispanics: 3/1
The African-American: 7/3
The Whites: 3/2

The odds, however, on host Jeff Probst and first-season winner, Richard Hatch, hooking up were not posted.

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This is shocking.

The decision by CBS to segregate this year's tribes on Survivor according to their ethnicity is now going over well with, well, almost everyone.

Survivor Cook Islands Photo

The most vocal critics of the move so far are groups of New York City officials and civil rights advocates. They've blasted the announcement, claiming the producers' decision to pit blacks, whites, Asians and Hispanics against each other during the early rounds of the show would only promote divisiveness among competitors and viewers alike.

"This idea is so ill-conceived that it would be funny - but for the fact that racism does still sometimes rear its ugly head," city councilman John Liu said at a press conference Friday. "This show has the potential to set back our nation's race relations by 50 years."

How do you realy feel, Mr. Liu? Safe to say you won't be watching Survivor: Cook Island, huh? He stopped short of blaming Mel Gibson for everything, but did continue:

"No where else do we tolerate racial segregation and we certainly won't stand for it in this battle-of-the-races scheme to prop up sagging television ratings."

Ratings for Survivor, however, haven't really been sagging. Jeff Probst and company claim this decision was simply a response to criticism the show has received for lacking diversity.

So why not go in the opposite direction entirely, apparently?!? Let's rev up those racial engines. The move seems akin to telling Ashlee Simpson she's thin ... and watching her go on an all-McDonald's diet to get healthy.

Liu claimed the show's divisive premise would do nothing but promote the spread of negative stereotypes based on the actions of the different tribes, something that - just two days after the announcement - is already an issue.

After all, listen to Rush Limbaugh (please, we don't want to have to do it). On his radio show this week, the conservative host hid his feelings on the topic less well than Jon Stewart hides his disdain for President Bush on The Daily Show.

Hispanics, Limbaugh said, "have shown a remarkable ability to cross borders" and "will do things other people won't do." Asians, moreover, are "the best at espionage, keeping secrets." Blacks "lack buoyancy" and are "more likely to drown," while the white man's burden will weigh down the last team with "guilt over the fact that they run things."

It's incredibly easy hard to argue with any of those points. The racism excitement begins on Survivor: Cook Islands on September 14!

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As popular as Survivor has been over the years, the reality show has always suffered from one criticism: a lack of diversity.

That shouldn't exactly be a problem on the latest edition, Survivor: Cook Islands. Contestants will be divided by ethnicity. When it premieres September 14, the latest version of the CBS hit will feature 20 castaways divided into four tribes: black, white, Asian and Latino.

Jeff Probst Pic

"We're going to take some heat for it," says creator and executive producer Mark Burnett of the twist, which was announced Wednesday morning. "But it's a great cast."

Host Jeff Probst is certainly on board (although he's paid to be)

"Some people will think this is controversial. Others will think, 'What's the big deal?'" Probst told People. "Either way, it's going to be very interesting."

True. Of course, the performance of Kevin Federline was also "interesting."

Along with the usual real estate agents and struggling actors, the cast of characters competing for the $1 million purse this time around includes a heavy-metal guitarist, a female police officer who has been shot in the line of duty, a Vietnam War refugee who manages a nail salon and a gay fashion director for a denim company.

Only two of the Survivor's 12 winners so far have been minorities. As a result, Burnett says the show "has taken a lot of flack."

But Probst says the main reason for the Emmy-winning show's largely white complexion was a dearth of minority applicants.

"Most of the people who apply are white," he says. "That's just a fact."

ill this experiment pay off? It will certainly garner even more ratings for television's top reality show. Call us crazy, but CBS may have been planning on that, as well, with this idea.

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Evidently, winning Survivor doesn't equip you for every life situation. Just ask Richard Hatch.

The first ever winner of everyone's favorite reality show was convicted by a federal jury in January of failing to pay taxes on the prize and other income. He was sentenced in May to 51 months in prison by a judge who said the reality TV star had repeatedly lied on the witness stand.

Richard Hatch Pic

After arriving at the minimum-security facility in Morgantown on July 25, Hatch has - shockingly - taken a lot of time getting used to his surroundings. For starters, he has to wear clothes.

"I'm doing lots of intake stuff, like clothing and getting to know the place ... but I don't think I will adjust to any of this until I can prove I was unethically prosecuted," he said.

Hatch said he'll be tutoring inmates, helping them to earn their GEDs and hone their job-hunting skills.

"Sure, people know my name ... there are 1,300-plus inmates who think they know me, so it's an interesting experience," he said. "They all have questions want to know what this experience is like and what Survivor was about."

The sole survivor also said he's working on a book detailing his experiences. Maybe Janice Dickson, another reality tv stalwart, is doing the same thing. That would be one hideous looking tome!

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Surviving on bugs and coconuts? No problem for Richard Hatch.

Getting by on bread and water? The initial winner of Survivor will soon find out if that's something he can handle.

Richard Hatch Pic

Hatch has been sent to a federal prison in Oklahoma to serves a 51-month sentence for failing to pay taxes on the $1 million he won on the debut season American's favorite reality show.

Originally, Hatch was being held at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility in Massachusetts; reasons for the transfer were not given.

Reasons why he strode around the CBS island naked all the time were also kept quiet.

The 45-year old was conviced by a federal jury in January of failing to pay taxes on the Survivor prize and other income. He was sentenced in May to 51 months in prison by a judge who said the reality TV star had lied repeatedly on the witness stand.

He would prefer to serve his sentence near family in Rhode Island or in Florida, said his lawyer, Michael Minns.

"He should be in a camp," Minns said. "The camps are the most comfortable of the uncomfortable. They are still jails, but they get to see the sky and be outside. It's bad for Richard, who is an outdoor person."

That is too bad for Richard. Perhaps he should have thought about how prisons were mostly indoors when he broke the law.

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