Chrissy Hofbeck
S35 Chrissy Hofbeck
Contestant Profile
Born: March 9, 1971 (1971-03-09) (age 47)[1]
Hometown: Lebanon Township, New Jersey
Occupation: Actuary
Survivor Career
Version: United States
Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
Tribe(s): Levu
► Soko
Finish: Runner-Up (2/18)
Alliance(s): The Round Table
Challenge Wins: 13
Votes Against: 7
Days Lasted: 39
Christine "Chrissy" Hofbeck[2] is a contestant from Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers.

Initially perceived an outsider in the original Levu tribe, Chrissy proved to be a strategic force, securing herself a tight alliance with Ryan Ulrich, who had gifted her the Super Idol on Day 1, and JP Hilsabeck following a Tribe Switch. Come the merge, the trio joined the remaining Levu and Yawa tribe members to form the Solewa majority alliance. Unfortunately, the trio would find themselves relegated to the minority come the final nine after the other four members decided to flip on the initial alliance. Chrissy would then go on to win four Immunity Challenges, tying the record for most wins for a female contestant in a season, and securing herself a spot in the Final Tribal Council. However, her social game was seen as lacking by the jury, which ultimately caused her to finish second to Ben Driebergen in a 5-2-1 vote.


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Age: 46
Hometown: Bernardsville, N.J.
Current residence: Lebanon Township, N.J.
Occupation: Actuary
Hobbies: Adventure travel, any kind of puzzle, and cheering on my kids at their sports and activities.
Pet peeves: When someone doesn't hold a fork correctly and eats like a caveman.
Three words to describe you: Mushy, happy, and efficient.
What's your personal claim to fame? I've traveled through all seven continents! I'm proud of having graduated from Penn (as a math major!) and MIT. And mostly, I'm really proud of the three incredible humans that my husband and I have raised.
Who or what is your inspiration in life? My husband and my children - they are just amazing in every way. Anyone who is afraid but goes for it anyway. Women in math.
If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? A photo of my family since they'd get me through the super tough days, a blanket because I hate being cold, and tweezers.
Survivor contestant you're most like: Probably Tai Trang. He falls in love with everyone but gets cut-throat when he needs to. Or Spencer Bledsoe, who never gives up or stops looking for cracks.
What's your reason for being on Survivor: The adventure! But it's an adventure with a goal, and I am a super competitive, Type A overachiever. I will win!
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? I am smart, lovable, and driven, and people like to help me, a combination that has led to great success. I get along with everyone, work hard, and always think "I can do it!"[3]


Chrissy started on Levu where she appeared to bond with Katrina Radke. After losing the seasons first Immunity Challenge, she threw up. Before Tribal Council, Chrissy found an advantage in her back which was given to her by Ryan Ulrich which turned out to be the super idol. At Tribal Council, she didn't play the idol and joined the others in unanimously voting out Katrina. The next day she aligned with Ben Driebergen. Levu won the next two challenges.

When the Tribe Switch occurred she along with JP Hilsabeck were switched to Soko. On Soko Ryan told her that he gave her the super idol, which bonded them together. Soko lost immunity on Day 14. Chrissy approached Roark Luskin for strategy talk, but Roark believed she was untrustworthy so Chrissy targeted her. To save herself Chrissy told JP that Roark proposed an all-girls' alliance, and JP instantly agreed to vote out Roark. At Tribal Council, Roark was voted out in a 3-2 vote with Chrissy receiving votes from Roark and Ali Elliott. When Soko lost immunity again, Chrissy joined JP and Ryan in voting out Ali.

After reaching the merge, she regrouped Ben and the two along with Ryan joined the majority alliance. Chrissy initially found herself in a comfortable position as the alliance controlled the next few votes. However, she experienced her first misfortune on Night 27 as JP was blindsided. Returning from Tribal Council, she knew she was on the bottom along with Ryan and Ben, though was unaware that Ben was in on the plan to take out JP and was playing double agent. Chrissy won the next Immunity Challenge. At Tribal Council, Chrissy and Ryan voted for Ashley, but Joe Mena was voted out.

Returning from Tribal Council, Chrissy found out Ben was splaying double agent which caused the two got into an argument. She met her husband Keith the next day at the Loved Ones Challenge. She won the challenge and chose to share the reward with Ryan, Mike Zahalsky, and Ashley Nolan. Chrissy later revealed she chose Ashley because she felt that Ashley would be the easiest to turn against the majority. Ashley won immunity. At camp, Ben apologized to Chrissy for backstabbing her, and told her about Lauren's advantage. During Tribal Council, Mike and Ryan told her to vote for Ben which she refused. However, she ended up voting against him, but Ben used his Hidden Immunity Idol to blindside Lauren Rimmer with his sole vote.

Chrissy and Devon Pinto won the next Reward Challenge, and chose to share the reward with Ryan. On the trip, she proposed a Final Three deal with them which they accepted. Chrissy won immunity. While Ben was the target, she wanted to vote for Ashley. At Tribal Council, Ben played his idol before the votes were cast forcing the five to turn on each other, and Ashley was unanimously voted out. On Day 37, Chrissy won immunity, and chose to share her reward with Mike and Devon. They searched for an idol clue on reward, but they were unable to find one. Chrissy told Mike and Devon about her super idol from the first Tribal Council, and she planned to trick Ben into thinking she found a new idol so that he wouldn't search for one himself, but Ben knew the idol was fake and already had the real idol.

At Tribal Council, Chrissy pulled out her now-defunct super idol and continued her charade, while Ben continued acting as though he would get voted out that night. Before the votes were read, Chrissy offered her idol to her alliance; Mike was prepared to play it to continue the feign, but Ben pulled out his idol to play on himself, negating the 3 votes against him and shocking the other 4 players.This resulted in a 1-1 tie between Mike and Devon. Ben, Chrissy, and Ryan went to revote; where both Chrissy and Ryan voted out Mike. On Day 38, Chrissy won the Final Immunity Challenge, but along with the win came a Twist for her as well. When she read it is was revealed that she had to choose one of the remaining three to take to the final three, which would force the other two to compete in the fire making challenge. Chrissy felt like Devon would have a better chance to beat Ben than Ryan would; she told Devon and Ryan her plans with the advantage. At Tribal Council she saved Ryan, but Ben beat Devon in the challenge.

At the Final Tribal Council, Chrissy was praised by Joe, Ashley, Cole Medders, Desi Williams, and Lauren for her challenge prowess, but Joe criticized their relationship and told her she ignored the social aspect, Desi questioned her on why she, Ryan, and Devon allowed Ben to look for idols, and Cole asked her how she created social relationships with people. She received votes from Mike and Ashley which were enough to make her the runner-up. She defeated Ryan who came in third place with one vote, but lost to Ben who won with five votes.

Voting History

Chrissy's Voting History
Episode Chrissy's
Voted Against
1 Katrina -
2 Levu Tribe Immune
3 Levu Tribe Immune
4 Soko Tribe Immune
5 Roark Ali, Roark
6 Ali -
7 Jessica Cole, Desi,
Jessica, Joe, Mike
8 Joe;
9 Mike2 -
10 Joe -
Ashley Individual Immunity
11 Ben3 -
12 Ashley Individual Immunity
13 Ben;
Individual Immunity
Jury Votes
for Chrissy
Ashley, Mike
Runner-Up, Day 39

^1 In Playing with the Devil, the vote ended with a 4-4 tie between Desi and Joe, forcing a revote. Chrissy voted for Desi on the revote.
^2 In Fear of the Unknown, Mike used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Chrissy's vote against him.
^3 In Not Going to Roll Over and Die, Ben used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Chrissy's vote against him.
^4 In Million Dollar Night, Ben used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Chrissy's vote against him. Also, the vote ended with a 1-1-0 tie between Devon and Mike, forcing a revote. Chrissy voted for Mike on the revote.


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