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Colton Cumbie: I'm Too Emotional for Survivor

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Colton Cumbie: I'm Too Emotional for Survivor

Originally posted 10/05/2013 05:35PM

In 2012, Colton Cumbie was one of the biggest villains Survivor had ever seen. Often dismissive to his fellow tribe mates, he made bigoted and cruel remarks throughout the show before being medically evacuated with symptoms of appendicitis. (Or so we thought. Host Jeff Probst now claims that Cumbie was faking his illness and simply wanted to quit.)

Returning to play Survivor: Blood vs. Water, Cumbie made it to Day 7 before quitting the game, bursting into tears and saying, "I don't want to be here." A visibly angry Probst told Cumbie, 22, that he was being "selfish" before allowing him to leave Survivor forever.

Cumbie now talks to PEOPLE about his haters, his regrets, and his surprising new job.

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Survivor Contestant Quits – Again!

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UpdatePosted 10/03/2013 09:30AM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Quitter Quits Again

Originally posted 10/03/2013 08:40AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can

"Everybody with an immunity idol is considered dangerous."
– Andria "Dreamz" Herd, Survivor: Fiji

Well, Jeff Probst – this is what happens when you cast a quitter. He quits again.

Wednesday on Survivor: Blood vs. Water, Colton Cumbie decided seven days in the game was too much for his delicate constitution. Things weren't going perfectly according to plan, so he had a hissy and walked out. Na Onka and Purple Kelly in Nicaragua lasted 28 days. Osten on Pearl Islands lasted 19. Colton isn't just a quitter – he's the quittiest quitter.

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Survivor's Big Twist Delivers: Two Families Destroyed!

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Blood vs. Water Delivers

Originally posted 09/19/2013 11:30AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can

"You don't have to trust someone to have an alliance with them. You just have to have the same interests. You could hate someone's guts, but if you could help them get farther and they could help you go farther, hey, we've got an alliance."
– Burton Roberts, Survivor: Pearl Islands

I told you Blood vs. Water would deliver! One episode in, and we've already seen two families destroyed. Will Candice ever forgive her husband John for not taking her place on Redemption Island? Will Marissa ever come to terms with being voted off first because of Uncle Gervase's gloating? And will this season leave in its trail a waste of human wreckage and misery?

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Everything You Need to Know About the Survivor: Blood vs. Water Premiere

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Stephen Fishbach Previews Survivor: Blood vs. Water

Originally posted 09/18/2013 03:30PM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can

"My alliance was really my family at home. There was never a day I wasn't loyal to my family."
– Dawn Meehan, Survivor: Caramoan

"I'm not here to make friends!" is such a reality TV cliché, it's spawned its own Youtube clip reel. But what happens if your friends are on the show with you?

Survivor: Blood vs. Water premieres Wednesday, matching returning players against family members and loved ones. If the jaded chatter on Twitter and Facebook is any indication, people aren't too psyched about the twist. I'm holding out hope.

Bringing family members into the game could expose raw emotions and precipitate subtle calculations. What do you do when your loved one is voted off? Suck it up – or hulk out?

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Survivor: Blood vs. Water Brings Back Familiar Faces – and Their Loved Ones

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UpdatePosted 08/21/2013 04:00PM

Survivor: Blood vs. Water Players Revealed

Originally posted 08/21/2013 12:55PM

You've got to hand it to the Survivor producers for finding new ways to keep the show fresh. We've seen seasons divided by race, age and gender. We've seen more blindsides and twists than we can count. We've even seen celebrity participants, including Lisa Whelchel and Jimmy Johnson.

But for the latest installment of CBS's hit, Survivor: Blood vs. Water, we'll see something we've never seen before: returning contestants competing against loved ones. Sure, it would be nice to have someone from home on the island with you – but it's still every man for himself. The blindsides will be more personal and the ramifications could extend far beyond the game.

Here's who will compete on season 27 of Survivor, which premieres Sept. 18:

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Survivor: Caramoan Crowns a Winner

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Survivor: Caramoan Crowns a Winner

Originally posted 05/12/2013 10:20PM

It has been an exceptionally cutthroat season of Survivor, full of blindsides and broken promises. Two contestants were medically evacuated, one player was voted out in an impromptu tribal council and big characters went down in flames.

On Sunday, the season ended with an unlikely final three: Dawn Meehan, Sherri Biethman, both over 40, and 26-year-old John Cochran, who played his previous season as what some might call a weakling.

The final tribal council was contentious, with each of the nine jurors taking their shots at the finalists. Biethman was criticized for riding the coattails of the other two players. Meehan was attacked for forming personal relationships with contestants before backstabbing them. And Cochran took some heat for sitting back and allowing Meehan to do the work.

And then it was time to reveal the votes. Jeff Probst read the nine votes, and a winner was crowned.

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Who Will Win Survivor: Caramoan? Jeff Probst Ranks the Top 5

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Survivor: Caramoan: Jeff Probst Ranks the Top 5

Originally posted 05/12/2013 09:00AM

Survivor has been on for 26 seasons now, but the long-running reality show still manages to stay interesting year after year. Case in point: Survivor: Caramoan. With medical evacuations, shocking blindsides and epic meltdowns, the season started out slowly but eventually picked up steam around the merge.

In anticipation for Sunday's finale, Jeff Probst – who has gone on record saying that Survivor: Caramoan was one of his favorite seasons in recent history – handicaps the final five. Who will win? Who doesn't have a prayer? Probst breaks it down for PEOPLE.

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Which Celebrity Would You Like to Officiate Your Wedding?

Jimmy Kimmel Joins Tori Spelling & More Ordained Stars

Originally posted 04/21/2013 05:35PM

Introducing Reverend Jimmy Kimmel!

The funny man took on a very different role when he performed the vow renewals between Matt Damon and his wife, Luciana, in St. Lucia, revealing a skill many were unaware the late night host had.

But Kimmel is far from the first celebrity to perform a wedding.

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Who's Playing the Best Survivor Game Post-Swap?

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Stephen Fishbach Blogs: Good Survivor Strategy Emerges Post-Swap

Originally posted 03/21/2013 07:20AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"I listened and I observed."
– Denise Stapley, winner, Survivor: Philippines

Maybe it's Stockholm Syndrome, but I really believe there's an undercurrent of good strategy this season on Survivor. It's been drowned out by larger-than-life characters like Shamar, Brandon and Phillip bellowing their cris-de-coeur up and down the Philippine jungle.

Underneath that clamor, though, smart people are making good decisions. We finally saw a glimmer of it on Wednesday's episode, when Corinne gave us a peek of what's going on behind the scenes.

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Brandon Hantz Suffers Sad Mental Breakdown on Survivor

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Stephen Fishbach Blogs: Brandon Hantz's Sad Survivor Meltdown

Originally posted 03/14/2013 09:15AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"This is like a constant battle for me – good/evil, good/evil – and I really want to do good."
– Brandon Hantz, Survivor: South Pacific

Wednesday's episode of Survivor may have been my least favorite in the show's 13-year history. Brandon Hantz, of the Louisiana Hantzes, had a complete mental breakdown. He threatened people's safety and poured out the tribe's rice. It was gripping viewing, no doubt. But it was also very sad.

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