All that studying
paid off. Todd Herzog, a longtime fan of Survivor,
won the CBS reality show's $1 million prize after 39
days of lying and scheming.
''I wasn't the
strongest. I wasn't the smartest,'' Herzog said during the
finale. ''But I was definitely the most strategic.''
flight attendant and "openly gay Mormon" (as his bio
on the Survivor website calls him) from Pleasant
Grove, Utah, bested his Survivor: China allies
Courtney Yates, a 26-year-old waitress from New York, and
Amanda Kimmel, a 23-year-old hiking guide and former
beauty queen from Los Angeles.
Herzog won the
15th edition of Survivor with four votes
against Yates's two and Kimmel's one. He's the youngest
winner in the show's history.
''I knew that the
second that I got out there that, no matter what it
took, I would do everything that I possibly could to be
sitting right here,'' Herzog said after the votes were
teaming up with Kimmel on the first day of the competition
and aligning himself with both weaker and stronger
players to deflect any attention away from himself.
''I can't believe
it worked,'' he said.
None of the
opposing Zhan Hu tribe members was able to penetrate
Herzog's alliance with Kimmel, Yates, and fourth-place
finisher Denise Martin, a 40-year-old janitor from
Earlier in the
season the quartet turned on fellow original Fei Long
tribe members Jean-Robert Bellande and James Clement, who
possessed but didn't use either of the game's two
Hidden Immunity Idols. Survivor host Jeff Probst
called that move the ''biggest blunder in the history
of this game.''
misstep, gravedigger Clement was selected by viewers to win
$100,000 from Sprint.
Clement weren't the only players awarded money. Probst
announced that Survivor executive producer Mark
Burnett would give $50,000 to Martin, who said she lost her
job as a lunch lady as a result of being on the show.
revealed that the upcoming Micronesia-set 16th edition of
the show will pit Survivor fans against former
Survivor contestants -- including one from
Survivor: China. (AP)