Phillip Sheppard

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Survivor Winner John Cochran on the Two "Big Moves" That Led to His Victory

John Cochran went from, as he tells it, an "annoying freak" on his first season of Survivor (South Pacific) to the Sole Survivor in his second outing, Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites, with not a single vote cast against him throughout the entire run of the latter. How'd he do it?

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Survivor: Who Does Jeff Probst Think Doesn't Have a Chance at Winning?

Survivor kicks off its 26th season Wednesday night, pitting fans against former competitors for the second time with Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites. And, according to host Jeff Probst, though the show's formula may be routine by now, this season — which gets underway with a 90-minute premiere at 8/7c on CBS —promises no shortage of drama.

"Survivor is about the players first and the twists second," Probst tells TVGuide.com. "This season delivers in a huge way. Our returning players have never let us down, and that record stands intact after this season."

"There are definitely surprises and at least one thing we have never had happen before and it's a doozy," he adds.

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Survivor: South Pacific: 3 Reasons We Already Want to Vote the Vets Off the Island

Blindside me once, shame on you. Blindside me twice, shame on me. Blindside me three times? That's what it's coming to on Survivor.

The reality series comes back for Season 23 with two new returning favorites, Oscar "Ozzie" Musth and Benjamin "Coach" Wade, in tow. But after the success of Heroes vs. Villains in 2010 and "Boston Rob" Mariano's applauded Road to Redemption last spring, recruiting beloved former players for another tour of duty is becoming standard practice for the aging competition series. But is it really the right move? As much as we enjoy watching the Russell Hantz's and Jerri "Black Widow" Manthey's have to face (and sometimes apologize for) their past power moves and manipulations, are these familiar faces really adding to the game or detracting from it? We look at three reasons it's time to throw the vets' buffs in the fire once and all...read more

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Phillip Ruffles Feathers on Survivor

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2013 Survivor TV Show Series, Reality Cast Member
2011 Survivor TV Show Series, Reality Cast Member

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Survivor's Natalie: I Thought About Throwing Rob Under the Bus

She's been called lazy. She's been called a coattail-rider. But no matter what Survivor castaways and fans said about Natalie Tenerelli, it was her passive game play and her unflinching devotion to "Boston Rob" Mariano that earned her a spot in the final three. Unfortunately, these two traits were also her downfall and she received zero votes from the jury (she even came in behind Phillip Sheppard, which is really saying something). The 19-year-old professional dancer spoke with TVGuide.com about why she decided not to throw Rob under the bus, how she feels about the jury's — especially Julie Wolfe's — harsh words and why she wasn't as lazy as people think... read more

Survivor Runner-Up Phillip: I Didn't Get the Respect I Earned

The pink briefs. The feather accessories. The rice argument that turned into the racism rant 'heard round the country. It was hard for any of the newbies from Survivor: Redemption Island to get a word in edgewise next to favorites "Boston Rob" Mariano and Russell Hantz, but Phillip Sheppard not only got in a few words in — he stole the season thanks to his crazy wardrobe choices, violent temper and some messages from beyond the grave from his grandfather. Despite his bizarre antics — or maybe because of them — the 52-year-old former federal agent made it to the final three and even, surprisingly, scored one vote. Phillip talked with TVGuide.com about his "brilliant move" coming up with his outlandish persona, his true friendship with Rob and giving Steve Wright the benefit of the doubt about the racially charged argument. Plus: Would he return... read more

Survivor Winner Boston Rob: "I'm Happy to Leave With the Way I Played"

Survivor fans know never to say never, but after returning for a fourth time and finally clinching the $1 million prize, "Boston Rob" Mariano seems finally ready to hang up his baseball cap and leave the game for good.

"The main goal was to win the show and I did that," Mariano told reporters on a conference call Monday. "I'm happy to leave with the way I played and to go out at this point."

Throughout this season of Survivor: Redemption Island, Mariano's game play was equally praised and criticized for what many called his... read more

Who Won Survivor: Redemption Island?

SPOILER ALERT: The following story reveals the winner of Survivor: Redemption Island.

After 39 days, 11 duels, two returning cast mates and the introduction of Redemption Island, the latest season of Survivor came down to the final eight castaways for Sunday's two-hour season finale.

In the season's final duel, Andrea Boehlke outlasted... read more

Survivor's Steve on Phillip's Racism Rant: I've Never Heard Anybody Get That Ugly

There's a lot of name-calling in the game of Survivor. Back-stabber. Liar. Cheater. Thief. But racist? That's a whole other issue. So when Phillip Sheppard accused his opponent Steve Wright of racism after Steve called him crazy, it was the rant heard around the camp -- and on TVs across the country. Luckily, the 51-year-old former NFL offensive tackle took the ugly name-calling in stride. "I knew that there was nothing that could be made from what I was saying," he tells TVGuide.com. Steve also talked about what shocked him most about Phillip, why he tried to align with... read more

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