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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Tyson Keeps His Cool

Originally posted 12/12/2013 11:30 AM

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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. This is his first season illustrating episodes of the show for PEOPLE.com. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can

"Putting up with the people is the survival part, not putting up with the elements."
– Rudy Boesch, Survivor: All Stars

Well, that was kind of … obvious? Maybe last week's on-the-rocks Survivor bender left the show with a hangover, because Wednesday night, a grouchy, tetchy episode led to a predictable end.

Hayden and Ciera tattled on Tyson for saying mean things about mommy Monica. All they accomplished was hurting poor Monica's frayed feelings. The vets stuck together, and sent Hayden to Redemption Island.

The newbies' timing couldn't have been worse. Just three days earlier, Tyson put his life on the line in the Great Rock Draw of '13, so Monica was feeling particularly grateful. Plus, Hayden never made clear how blindly following him was superior to blindly following Tyson.



Here's the thing about smack talk – it's as much a part of Survivor as Jeff Probst's hat. If you're not analyzing and ridiculing your competitors, you're not holding up your part of the bargain for being on television. When you're on the island, the producers ask you to comment on the other castaways. You expect your tribe mates are also commenting on you.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Contestants Draw Rocks in Jaw-Dropping Tribal Council

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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.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: It's Hard to Know Whom to Trust

Update 11/28/2013 12:25 PM Originally posted 11/28/2013 11:45 AM

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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.

"Once you flip, you're a weaker number, because you've shown that you can't be trusted in your alliance."
Lisa Whelchel, Survivor: The Philippines

Survivor is a game of big moves. Strategists know that if you want to make a compelling case to the jury, you can't just coast to the end. You have to take control.

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Lisa Whelchel Sounds Off on Exercise and Dating at 50

Originally posted 11/24/2013 09:50 AM

Lisa Whelchel Sounds Off on Exercise and Dating at 50

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Lisa Whelchel has tried every exercise in the book – and she's suffered the injuries to prove it.

"I hurt my shoulder playing racquetball, I have a lower back injury from an aerobics class and I messed up my feet while training to climb Mount Whitney," she tells PEOPLE. "Even on Survivor, when I did the mud challenge, I developed sciatica that has continued to give me trouble."

So what's an active gal to do? "I decided to make my own exercise video," says Whelchel, who turned 50 in May. "It's a doable full-body workout that you can do in 20 minutes. It has stretching, resistance, cardio and a cool down. Exercise is different once you get a little older. It doesn't always have to be high impact."

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Survivor's Aras Baskauskas Is Going to Be a Dad!

Originally posted 11/21/2013 03:30 PM

Survivor's Aras Baskauskas Is Going to Be a Dad!

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Yes, Aras Baskauskas didn't bring home the million on his second time out playing Survivor, but he's not lamenting the loss.

The L.A.-based singer-songwriter has much more important things going on in his life. "I'm going to be a dad," he tells PEOPLE exclusively. "My fiancée is 12 weeks pregnant! Obviously, that's a lot more important than winning Survivor."

It's been a good month for Baskauskas, who recently got engaged to Christy Petersen, his girlfriend of four years. Petersen is a model and clothing designer who runs the Dawn clothing line. "So far so good, if you don't count the morning sickness," says Baskauskas. "Momma and Baby are both healthy, and the little one is due in early June."

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Blood Isn't Thicker Than Water

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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

"You can't let these emotional things distract you too much out of the game. You have to keep your focus." – Laura Morett, Survivor: Samoa

So Ciera blindsided her mom. Wow.

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VIDEO: Survivor's Jeff Probst Hints Contestants Betray Loved Ones in 'Dramatic' Finale

Update 11/19/2013 11:30 AM Originally posted 11/18/2013 08:45 AM

VIDEO: Survivor's Jeff Probst Hints Contestants Betray Loved Ones in 'Dramatic' Finale

Jeff Probst has hosted Survivor for 27 seasons, but there are still twists and turns that keep him on his toes.

This season – entitled Survivor: Blood vs. Water – pitted former Survivor contestants against their loved ones for the first time in the CBS reality competition's 13-year history.

"It is one of the best seasons we've ever had," Probst tells PEOPLE in an exclusive video. "[The twist] has added more layers and more emotion to the show than I think we ever had."

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Exhaustion Leads to Wrong Moves

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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.

"I hope … you don't cast your vote based on that you got your feelings hurt. I think it's poor sportsmanship, and I don't think that it relays who the true Survivor is. It just shows that you got your feelings hurt."
– Tina Wesson, winner, Survivor: The Australian Outback

How epic is the Survivor gross-food challenge?

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Jeff Probst Strips Down for Two and a Half Men Guest Role

Originally posted 11/14/2013 07:45 AM

Jeff Probst Strips Down for Two and a Half Men Guest Role

Jeff Probst is used to seeing Survivor contestants in their swimsuits, but on the set of Two and a Half Men, it was Probst who was showing the skin.

"I got a call on [Monday] saying, 'Can you shoot on Thursday' and I said, 'Yes,' and they said, 'Oh, by the way, you're going to be naked,' " Probst, 52, tells PEOPLE. "It was one of the best times I've had."

Probst plays himself in the episode entitled "Some Kind of Lesbian Zombie" airing Thursday on CBS.

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Survivor's Laura Boneham: I Just Wanted To Play With Rupert!

Originally posted 11/13/2013 11:45 AM

Survivor's Laura Boneham: I Just Wanted To Play With Rupert!

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Rupert Boneham is one of Survivor's most iconic characters. When he returned for Survivor: Blood vs. Water, he competed with his wife, Laura.

But it fell apart two minutes into the game. Laura, 44, was immediately voted out of her tribe. Rupert chose to take her place on Redemption Island. After losing the first challenge, he finished the game in last place.

Laura managed to last longer than anyone expected, until she was blindsided by her tribe, sent to Redemption Island on Day 18, and left for good the next day. She talks to PEOPLE about her game – and emerging from her husband's shadow.

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