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Survivor Alum Michael Skupin Speaks Out After Child Pornography Arrest: 'I Have Never, Ever Hurt a Child'

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Survivor Alum Michael Skupin Speaks Out After Child Pornography and Racketeering Arrest: 'I Have Never, Ever Hurt a Child'

Originally posted 02/12/2016 07:35PM

Michael Skupin is speaking out for the first time since last week's arrest – and the reality star vigorously maintains his innocence.

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Survivor Alum Michael Skupin Charged with Child Pornography and Racketeering

Survivor Alum Michael Skupin Charged with Child Pornography and Racketeering

Originally posted 02/05/2016 11:45PM

Former Survivor contestant Michael Skupin is facing 11 criminal charges, including possession of child pornography and racketeering, the Michigan Attorney General's office announced Friday.

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Jeff Probst: I Could Do Survivor for 'Many More Seasons'

Originally posted 01/29/2016 02:55PM

Some people have jobs that are pure drudgery, where they do the same thing day after day after day after day.

After 16 years, you'd think that Jeff Probst would feel that way about Survivor. After all, he delivers many of the same lines on each episode. Immunity is won and lost. Someone is voted out. A torch is snuffed.

As the show prepares to debut its 32nd season in February, Probst enthusiastically tells PEOPLE that there is plenty of life left in the Survivor franchise. And the numbers don't lie – the show still delivers strong ratings, consistently winning the night in key demographics.

And Probst, 54, isn't going anywhere.

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Survivor Favorites Jeremy Collins and Joe Anglim Dish on Costarring with Superfan Joshua Morrow on The Young and the Restless

Originally posted 01/27/2016 10:30AM

Okay, let's take a quiz.

You've just competed on a wildly successful season of Survivor. You've either won the game, or you've emerged as one of the fan favorites.

What's your next move?

Well, if you're winner Jeremy Collins or standout contestant Joe Anglim, you land a guest starring role on The Young and the Restless.

On Wednesday's episode of the long-running soap opera, the reality stars will play coffee shop patrons. They filmed their scenes in December with series star Joshua Morrow, who happens to be a huge fan of Survivor.

PEOPLE spoke with Morrow, Anglim and Collins about the episode – and how Morrow would do if he ever competed on Survivor.

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FIRST LOOK: Survivor: Kaoh Rong Sees Suffering and Medical Emergencies Aplenty

Originally posted 01/22/2016 05:20PM

Well, this looks awful.

CBS will begin airing its first Survivor preview since the newest cast was announced this weekend. In the First Look promo – obtained exclusively by PEOPLE – instead of playing the normal tribal music, the network is highlighting the suffering that the contestants endured.

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Meet the Cast of Survivor: Kaoh Rong

Originally posted 01/20/2016 11:00AM

Where does Survivor find these people?

No, that's not a rhetorical question. We really want to know.

When the long-running reality show returns for its 32nd season, Survivor: Kaoh Rong, on Feb. 17, they've found a new batch of contestants to compete for the $1 million prize. Survivor's strength has always been in its casting, and, by the looks of this crew, they may have done it again.

There's a bounty hunter from Detroit, a Minnesota ER doctor, a semi-retired NBA player and a female bodybuilder from Georgia. There's a 19-year-old student and a 72-year-old(!) former FBI agent from Florida.

For the record, only one other septuagenarian has played Survivor. Rudy Boesch was 72 when he played in Survivor: Borneo and 75 when he competed in Survivor: All Stars. He turns 88 on Wednesday and is still going strong.

In a nod to 2014's exceptional Survivor: Cagayan, the tribes will be split up into the same three categories: Brains, Brawn and Beauty. By all accounts, it's a brutal season with inclement weather, exhausting challenges and more than one medical emergency.

The season will also feature a new twist: two hidden immunity idols can combine to form one super idol that can be played after the votes are read. (Okay, we'll reserve judgement on that one until we see it play out.)

Here are the 18 contestants who will try to Outwit, Outplay and Outlast their way to the end.

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How Will Survivor Winner Jeremy Collins Spend His $1 Million Prize?

Originally posted 12/18/2015 05:00PM

Let's face it: Survivor doesn't always have a feel-good ending.

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Stephen Fishbach Blogs About the Survivor Winner Who 'Brought the House Down'

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Stephen Fishbach Blogs About the Survivor Winner Who 'Brought the House Down'

Originally posted 12/17/2015 03:30AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. This season, he blogged about his experiences in Cambodia as a competitor on Survivor: Second Chance. Follow Stephen on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"Everybody's on my side, and I'm the popular guy. Everybody wants to date the prom king, so this is perfect. This will work out." –Jeremy Collins, Survivor: San Juan Del Sur

All you future contestants: get to humping. In the season finale of Survivor: Second Chance, Jeremy Collins debuted the greatest move the game has ever seen. His "I'm having a son" speech moved the jury to tears, and put a capstone on the craziest, fastest-moving season of Survivor ever.

Jeremy's win came off a dominant strategic game, in which the firefighter from Foxboro managed to position himself at the center of a Venn diagram of alliances – er, voting blocs. He was the season's central figure, to whom Abi referred as "the Big Apple," in her delightful cross-cultural mangle of "The Big Cheese." He was the hero who raced to Joe's side before even the CBS medics.

Somehow Jeremy made allies of people who were sworn enemies. While Savage and Joe and Spencer and Ciera and I targeted each other, Jeremy received no (valid) votes until the jury crowned a victor. Everybody knew Jeremy was the biggest threat to win. Somehow, nobody ever did anything about it.

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And the Winner of Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance Is ...

Originally posted 12/16/2015 10:15PM

There are no easy seasons of Survivor. From the harsh conditions to the big personalities, the experience is simultaneously exhilarating and miserable for the contestants.

But this season took it to the next level. All 20 contestants had played the game before, but none had won. The result? A hungry cast who was willing to make big moves and stab each other in the face to win the million dollars.

There was strategy and double-dealing, and it was delicious to watch. And there was a lot at stake – the winner would become the show's 30th victor in 31 seasons. (Sandra Diaz-Twine has won the game twice.)

Six contestants made it to the final episode: Jeremy Collins, the likable (and buff) fireman from Massachusetts. Spencer Bledsoe, a student from Chicago who thrives on strategy. Kimmi Kappenberg, the Texas mom who has made quiet moves and never been in danger. Keith Nale, the aw-shucks Louisiana firefighter who is great with a one-liner. Kelley Wentworth, the Seattle marketing manager who displayed a natural aptitude for the game. And Tasha Fox, an athletic accountant from Missouri.

So who walked away with the million-dollar prize? (Spoilers ahead!)

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Survivor's Abi-Maria Gomes: I 'Absolutely' Could Have Won the Game

Originally posted 12/16/2015 05:15PM

When Survivor airs its finale on Wednesday night, Brazilian spitfire Abi-Maria Gomes won't still be in the game.

Voted out on day 35, she barely missed being in the show's final episode.

It's a familiar spot for Gomes, who placed fifth on Survivor: Philippines – barely missing the finale of that season.

On paper, Gomes seems like a perfect "goat" – a contestant who rubs people the wrong way and is easy to beat at the final tribal council. But for some reason, her tribes get rid of her before the finale.

Gomes, 36, tells PEOPLE why she was voted off – and how she had planned to win the game.

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