who gained fame as the lunch lady on CBS's reality show
Survivor: China, is donating the $50,000 she
received from producer Mark Burnett to the Elizabeth Glaser
Pediatric AIDs Foundation.
viewers on Sunday night's live finale that she'd been
demoted to janitor at a school in Douglas, Mass.,
after finishing fourth on the show. After hearing her
story, Burnett surprised Martin with the money to help
get her life back.
Martin acknowledged on CBS's The Early Show
that she'd been promoted to custodian, at her own request,
before the competition began.
''It was not my
intention to be misleading,'' Martin, 40, said on the
broadcast. ''I'm sorry, and I apologize to everybody.''
In a statement
issued Tuesday by the network, Martin said she took ''full
responsibility'' for her actions.
''I do not feel
comfortable about accepting the $50,000. I would instead
ask that it be donated to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric
AIDS Foundation,'' the statement said. ''Please accept
my apology. I would also like to thank all the people
who have supported me through this experience.'' (AP)