03:02 PM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 12/17/2012 08:00AM
The latest season of Survivor was volatile, cutthroat and ultimately satisfying with the crowning of the show's newest winner on Sunday night.
After an intense final tribal council, where the unrepentant final three pled their cases, sex therapist Denise Stapley beat returnee Mike Skupin and former Facts of Life star Lisa Whelchel by a vote of 6-1-1. The win capped off an invigorating competition that Jeff Probst called "a wild, unpredictable season."
Stapley won $1 million and the title of Sole Survivor.
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