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The Survivor Hall of Fame is a special recognition given to Survivor contestants with exemplary deeds such as strategic brilliance, immense popularity or infamy. It is run by Xfinity TV, a part of cable TV company Comcast.


In 2010, Survivor fan Gordon Holmes, an assistant managing producer at Comcast initiated a yearly poll on which Survivor contestants (from the first season in Survivor: Borneo to the most recent season) deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame. How voters define "worthy" is in their discretion, whether it is personality, strategy, challenge performance or any other reason. Survivor producers, crew members, the press, the Xfinity staff (including Holmes himself) and former Hall of Fame inductees make up 50% of the final score, while the remaining half will come from the Survivor fanbase. Gordon's duel-tiered voting systems was devised to prevent one party from influencing the other, though Holmes found it "unnecessary."

After announcing their inclusion to the list, Holmes interviews the new inductees about their induction to the hall.


Ballots are filed in the blog page of the Xfinity TV website. In the first batch of inductees, five contestants are inducted. However, in subsequent years, three new inductees are being added.

As of now, fans may vote three contestants from any season at the comments section of the blog post that signals the opening of voting, which also announces the deadline of the voting process. [1][2]


Inductees are enumerated based on their order of announcement.


Parvati is simply one of the greatest players in the history of the game. She is a great social player and a brilliant strategist.

John Kirhoffer

The ultimate triple threat in terms of social, strategic and challenge domination. All hail Queen Parvati!

–Dalton Ross - Entertainment Weekly

Could charm you, outwit you, outperform you in challenges and looked smokin’ hot in a bikini.

–Kendall (a fan)

If I had to put money down on one player every single time, it would be Boston Rob. The best combination of smart, physical and cunning.

Jeff Probst

His natural charm, sense of humor and masterful game play earn him a spot in the Hall of Fame.

–John Kirhoffer

I count him as a winner alongside Amber for ‘All-Stars,’ because they played the game together as one entity. They were the strongest and most powerful alliance in the history of ‘Survivor,’ and I doubt they’ll ever lose that title.

–Tara (a fan)

There is no doubt he belongs in the Hall of Fame. He had a major impact on the game and went to the final in back-to-back seasons.

–Jeff Probst

His plan to establish chaos and take advantage of his disoriented tribe was evil genius. He had a solid plan and executed it almost perfectly twice.

–John Kirhoffer

Redefined the game, got robbed the first time despite absolutely dominating it (the jury should be ashamed).

–Jimbo (a fan)

Taught everyone else how to play the game. Every time anyone says the word ‘alliance’, Hatch should get a nickel…and then not pay any taxes on it!

–Dalton Ross - Entertainment Weekly

I think the Richard Hatch persona, that of the mastermind who controlled the game with his social maneuvers and sound (not brilliant) strategy, helped rocket ‘Survivor’ into the pop culture stratosphere. I don’t think it’s overstating things to say that Survivor might not exist today without Richard Hatch.

–Gordon Holmes - XFINITY TV

Whether you like him or not, he set the standard for all future Survivors.”

–Christian (a fan)

Winning twice should be an automatic inclusion in the Hall of Fame.

–Gordon Holmes - XFINITY TV

Plays one of the best under-the-radar games ever while still speaking her mind and not really ‘riding coattails.’

–Jesse Jensen - Survivor Producer

She’s only had one vote cast against her. Say what you want, she was born to play this game.

–Adam (a fan)


She played a great strategic and social game all three times. She is super smart and definitely someone that is a threat every time. Cirie is someone you would want in your alliance and not outside of it.

–Rob Mariano

What’s incredible about Cirie is how far she came from when she first started on “Exile Island.” The woman was afraid of the outdoors for crissakes! But she evolved into a stone cold killer who would have won “Fans vs. Favorites” had there not been so many injuries to other players (causing producers to abort the original final-three plan).

–Dalton Ross - Entertainment Weekly

Cirie has an almost magical ability to just tell people something and make them believe it, no matter how ludicrous.

–James (a fan)

The most physical player to ever play this game is Ozzy. You have to give him credit for that. He is the number one most physical player to ever play the game by far.

–Russell Hantz

If anyone was ever born to be left to his own devices on an island, it’s Ozzy. The guy is the absolute epitome of the living off the land conceit that “Survivor” is all about.

–Dalton Ross - Entertainment Weekly

He was respected by his entire tribe who recognized his leadership abilities. Tom was a challenge dominator. His physical strength ensured several tribe and individual immunity victories, and he maintained integrity and loyalty to his alliance.

–Sandra Diaz-Twine

Tom is the Bruce Willis of ‘Survivor’—only more handsome and courageous. The New York City firefighter’s leadership, strength, indomitability, and integrity earned him the admiration of his fans and fellow Palau competitors, who gave him a million dollars—and top billing.

–Drusilla Moorhouse – E! Online


Amanda is a great strategic, social, and physical player. Her approach to the game is subtle yet very effective for her. She knows who she is, what her strengths are, and how to implement them to get her deep and give herself a shot.

–Rob Mariano

You have Amanda who played back-to-back seasons (which was grueling in and of itself) and both seasons Amanda made it to finals. Had she had a better mouthpiece she would have won the whole kit and kaboodle!

–Cirie Fields

She was skilled in creating powerful alliances for herself and using them to achieve her goals. She was also a great competitor in challenges and a clever strategist in her own right.

–Dylan (a fan)

His first appearance was a milestone. “Survivor” had never before had someone who combined such an amazing knowledge of the game with a very clever wit and ability to tell a funny story at any time about any other player.

–Jeff Probst

He was an aggressive strategic player who didn’t believe in loyalty. He was effective at switching alliances to keep himself in the game, and always had several deals on the table. He went with whatever benefited him and kept him alive in the game.

–Sandra Diaz-Twine

He changed the game for better and…had a bigger effect on the game than anyone except Richard Hatch. No longer was the gamer or the strategist the bad guy.

–Jamie (a fan)

First, he won “Survivor: Africa,” one of the toughest seasons ever and he won with class. There has never been a bad word uttered about Ethan. He has always carried himself with grace. Equally important is how Ethan has used his celebrity since winning the million dollars and title of Sole Survivor.

–Jeff Probst

He’s probably the only guy to ever win “Survivor” by playing nice. Since winning Africa he’s devoted his life to developing his charity, Grassroot Soccer and is a Hall of Famer in my book.

–Parvati Shallow

Not only is Ethan a winner at the game of “Survivor,” but his work with Grassroot Soccer proves that he’s a winner in life.

–Paul (a fan)


Kim Spradlin was so brilliant; she made her season boring because you knew nobody else had a chance to beat her.

–Rob Cesternino

Kim Spradlin provided the single greatest performance by any first-time player.

–Parvati Shallow

She dominated the game physically, strategically, and socially. She made strong alliances (with Chelsea and Sabrina), had impeccable timing (blindsiding Kat, not playing her hidden immunity idol), and had amazing jury management skills.

–Baus (a fan)

He went from the “zero in 90210″ the first time he played — to the winner of “Fans vs. Favorites.” And yet, despite winning the game, his self-deprecation remains intact. If you congratulate him for winning, he’ll say “Yeah but it took me two times, so I can’t be that good.” You are that good, Cochran and you deserve a spot in the “Survivor” Hall of Fame.

–Jeff Probst

Cochran miraculously won 4 individual immunity challenges. His strategic and social game won him all the jury votes. If I ever play again, I wanna be just like Cochran and win an Immunity Challenge. He’s my hero.

–Sandra Diaz-Twine

One of the few who really learned from his mistakes and improved his game.

–Sue (a fan)

His calculated, pre-planned lie about his grandmother’s death was brilliant and opened the door for future A-holes to use this strategy to get ahead. Not everyone can be the nice guy, right?

–Ethan Zohn

He is the first villain that made a huge play. Fairplay made an exceptional move that will be remembered for the rest of everyone’s life. This legend deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

–Russell Hantz

He changed the game by bringing the outside world into the game. Worked back and forth between alliances and had the trust of many different people in the game.

–Eric (a fan)



  1. Holmes, Gordon (December 12, 2011). "‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame Ballot – XFINITY TV’s Gordon Holmes". XFINITY TV. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  2. "How many Survivor contestants do you induct in the Hall yearly? We are updating the hall of fame page in the Survivor Wiki TY". Twitter. April 24, 2012.!/SurvivorWiki/status/194653465308434432. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  3. Ho, Rodney (December 15, 2010). "Radio & TV Talk Former Atlantan Parvati Shallow first person inducted into Survivor Hall of Fame". Access Atlanta. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  4. Holmes, Gordon (December 15, 2010). "‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame Inductee – Rob Mariano". XFINITY TV. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  5. Holmes, Gordon (December 15, 2010). "‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame Inductee – Russell Hantz". XFINITY TV. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  6. Holmes, Gordon (December 15, 2010). "‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame Inductee – Richard Hatch". XFINITY TV. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  7. Holmes, Gordon (December 17, 2010). "‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame Inductee – Sandra Diaz-Twine". XFINITY TV. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  8. Holmes, Gordon (December 12, 2011). "‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame Inductee – Cirie Fields". XFINITY TV. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  9. Holmes, Gordon (December 12, 2011). "‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame Inductee – Ozzy Lusth". XFINITY TV. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  10. Holmes, Gordon (December 12, 2011). "‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame Inductee – Tom Westman". XFINITY TV. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  11. Holmes, Gordon (December 10, 2012). "‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2012 Inductee – Amanda Kimmell". Xfinity. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  12. Holmes, Gordon (December 10, 2012). "‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2012 Inductee – Rob Cesternino". Xfinity. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  13. Holmes, Gordon (December 10, 2012). "‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2012 Inductee – Ethan Zohn". Xfinity. 
  14. Holmes, Gordon (December 11, 2013). "‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2013 Inductee – Kim Spradlin". Xfinity. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  15. Holmes, Gordon (December 12, 2013). "‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2013 Inductee – John Cochran". Xfinity. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  16. Holmes, Gordon (December 13, 2013). "‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2013 Inductee – Jonny Fairplay". Xfinity. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 

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