Survivor season 17

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Over the next few weeks, Inside Survivor is counting down all forty Survivor seasons from worst to first. As always with these kinds of lists, it’s entirely subjective, and we’re sure many fans will have different opinions. This is simply Inside Survivor’s ranking. Join us each weekday for a new entry.

Season No: 17
Broadcast Date: September 25 – December 14, 2008
Location: Wonga-Wongue Presidential Reserve, Estuaire, Gabon
No. of Castaways: 18


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Survivor: Gabon‘s placement on this kind of list will always be controversial no matter how you slice it. Detractors will say it’s placed far too high, and its acolytes will complain that the season is ranked far too low. To say that Survivor‘s seventeenth installment is polarizing would be a gross understatement. The oft-repeated sentiment is that Gabon was so bad, it made Jeff Probst want to quit the show for good. Regardless of how much truth there is in that statement (there were certainly other factors contributing to Probst’s Survivor fatigue at the time), it still gets at an important truth: Gabon is not a “good” season of Survivor.

Gabon is bizarro, clusterf*** Survivor at its finest. It’s the Mad-Hatter’s Tea Party of Survivor seasons. The cast feels like it was genetically engineered in a lab to be as chaotic and dysfunctional as possible, with the Fang tribe, in particular, being one of the all-time great trainwreck tribes. Major strategic players go home early. With a few exceptions, the gameplay is completely baffling, with the season’s outcome being almost entirely shaped by a pin-up model named “Sugar.” The cast bickers over ridiculous s**t like cookies. Sometimes players disappear from camp before an Immunity challenge. They willingly throw a Hidden Immunity Idol into the ocean. The merged tribe’s name is “Gabon” backwards, for God’s sake!


However, all of this is what makes Gabon so special. There’s no other season of Survivor quite like it. Gabon is, hands-down, one of the most entertaining seasons of the show from a comedic perspective. The cast is stacked with memorable characters, even just in the pre-merge. There’s Fang’s resident elephant dung expert Gillian Larson, reluctant Fang leader Danny “GC” Brown, and wannabe James Bond villain Ace Gordon. Post-merge, we have iconic villains in Randy Bailey and Corinne Kaplan, laid-back surfer Matty Whitmore, an unlikely powerhouse duo in Kenny Hoang and Crystal Cox, and, of course, Jessica “Sugar” Kiper, the pin-up model who unexpectedly ends up controlling most of the post-merge gameplay.

It’s only fitting for Survivor‘s strangest season to have the show’s strangest winner in Bob Crowley, who squeaks out a win over runners-up Susie Smith and Sugar in a close 4-3-0 vote. Bob usually ranks somewhere near the bottom of most Survivor winner rankings, and for good reason. Bob’s winning game is hard to pin down beyond making fake idols, scoring some impressive Immunity wins, and winning the Final 4 fire-making challenge. His strategic game certainly leaves a lot to be desired; then again, that could be said for Gabon as a whole. As a result, Bob’s win isn’t particularly satisfying, but it serves as a fitting conclusion for a season as wacky as Gabon.

Gabon is definitely an acquired taste. Between the messy gameplay, the bitterness between many of the cast members, and a lackluster winner, this season won’t win everyone over. But for those who can appreciate a good trainwreck with some larger-than-life characters, Survivor doesn’t get much better than Gabon, which is just downright hilarious from start to finish.


The Sugar Shack — Sugar holds the record for most Exile Island visits, having been sent to Exile a total of five times throughout the season. No one (especially Corinne) expects Sugar to be able to find the Hidden Immunity Idol during her visits, but lo and behold, she finds the idol her first time at Exile. Sugar spends her subsequent visits in the lap of luxury, enjoying the free food and the hammock in the Exile hut she dubs the “Sugar Shack.”

Marcus’ blindside — Marcus Lehman is Gabon‘s clear strategic front-runner from the get-go. He’s smart, level-headed, well-liked, and creates the Onion Alliance on Kota just a few days into the game. After a fake merge feast where Marcus convinces everyone to throw an idol into the ocean, there’s a surprise second swap at Final 10. Marcus is safe, in theory, with his old Kota allies outnumbering original Fang members Kenny and Crystal. He targets Kenny, but Kenny and Crystal convince Marcus’ ally Susie to flip on him, blindsiding him in a 3-2 vote just before the merge. This leads to not only the most iconic Survivor GIF but one of the most memorable GIFS ever.

Randy’s boot — Randy’s boot episode has everything: the auction, Cookiegate, Bob’s fake idol, and two of the greatest voting confessionals of all time from Sugar and Crystal. Bob’s decision (at the behest of Sugar) to give a fake idol to his own ally is one of the more baffling moments in Gabon since it serves no strategic purpose other than to embarrass Randy on his way to the jury. It’s a good thing Bob did, though, because that fake idol helped give us one of the most memorable Survivor exits ever.

Corinne’s jury speech — Love her, hate her, or love to hate her, you can’t deny Corinne’s villainous impact on Gabon. Her journey as Gabon‘s resident mean girl culminates at Final Tribal Council with her infamously cruel jury speech where she asks Susie to remove her vocal cords and attacks Sugar for crying about her dead father.

Check back tomorrow when we reveal which season placed at number 19. You can check out the previous entries here.

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Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire: Bob Crowley on how winning the game changed things back home

With Survivor filming for seasons 41 and 42 delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, EW is reaching back into the reality show's past. We sent a Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire to a batch of former players to fill out with their thoughts about their time on the show as well as updates on what they've been up to since. Each weekday, EW will post the answers from a different player.

Bob Crowley did not jump out as a major threat to win Survivor: Gabon. Maybe it was because of his age (the oldest male member of the cast at 57-years-old). After all, how would someone more than 30 years older than many of the other cast members be able to form bonds and relate on a social level? And yet he did. Maybe it's because the physics teacher from Maine did not appear likely to be a challenge beast. And yet he won three straight immunity challenges down the stretch.

Bob walked out of Gabon with both the title of Sole Survivor and a million-dollar check. Not only that, but winning Survivor made him a celebrity back home in Maine — and he has used that celebrity to help raise a lot of money for a lot of different causes since his victory back in 2008. And while Bob was not brought back for 2020's all-champions edition of Winners at War, he said in his Quarantine Questionnaire that if he has anything to say about it, his Survivor career may not be over after all. 

Bob Crowley of 'Survivor: Gabon'
| Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: First off, give the update as to what you've been up to since appearing on Survivor.

BOB CROWLEY: After I retired from teaching high school physics, our family created a year-round campground in Durham, Maine called Maine Forest Yurts. My family and I live on 100 acres of woods, so we thought this would be a wonderful way to share our love of the Maine outdoors and our love of hosting and entertaining people. We currently have four yurts and we have had guests from all over the world come stay with us and quite a few have been Survivor fans. My daughter Page Atherton runs the company with my wife Peggy. Our sons helped build the yurts and create the business. And I do whatever they need me to do.

We also started a nonprofit called the Durham Warriors Project that gives a free stay at Maine Forest Yurts to veterans, active military and their families, and other nonprofits like Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Over the years we have been lucky enough to host hundreds of guests.

Additionally, we launched a competition called the Durham Warriors Survival Challenge to raise money for Durham Warriors Project guests to stay for free at Maine Forest Yurts. The event was a 3-day, Survivor-themed competition. It was a fast-paced, accelerated version of Survivor that gave Survivor fans and actual Survivor players a chance to play the game of Survivor and raise money for charity. It also gave my family a chance to meet an amazing group of Survivor players and Survivor fans that volunteered.

The Survival Challenge fundraiser is still going on and it is now hosted in Macomb, Illinois.  For anyone looking to get a taste for what it is like to be on the show, I would highly recommend playing in the competition. It is also an amazing way to meet a wonderful community of people that have a shared love of Survivor

Those are some of the things that I started since being on the show, but an average day for me entails getting up in the morning, grabbing a cup of coffee at the local corner store, then calling my daughter Page to see what my chores are for the day. If Page doesn't have any chores for me, I grab my chainsaw and my tractor, truck or snowmobile and head out into the woods to cut firewood for our house and the yurts. In the summertime, Peg and I spend as much time as we can at our island house off the coast of Maine. I have a commercial lobster license and, together with my friend Janimal, we haul 100 lobster traps. So between lobstering, cutting firewood, being a new grandfather, and sitting in my rocking chair, I generally have something on my agenda every day.

What is your proudest moment ever from playing Survivor?

Peg and I have been involved in a lot of fundraisers since I was on Survivor. When our children were young, I used to offer a day lobstering with Bob Crowley to raise money for the elementary school. Usually it would raise $200-$300. After I was on Survivor, I was at a fundraiser for the Center For Grieving Children and offered the same lobstering trip only now with Survivor Bob. At the auction, the bidding started approaching what I thought was a crazy amount of money. It went from $3,000, then to $4,000, and then up to $5,000. When the bid got to $5,000, I realized it wasn't going to go up much higher, so I jumped up and offered a second day so both families who were bidding against each other would be able to have some lobsters and spend some time on the island. So instead of raising $5,000 for the Center For Grieving Children, it raised $10,000. And that was one of my proudest scams!

Peg and I continue to help raise money for nonprofits, which we are both extremely proud of doing. Some of those nonprofits are Hearts of Reality, Reality-Rally which Gillian Larson from my season of Survivor started, and Brian Hogue organized a group of fellow Survivors to go to Kansas to fundraise for Habitat for Humanity and for Terry Dietz's charity Danny Strong on behalf of his son Danny.  When we were in Kansas, there was an earthquake. This has nothing to do with Survivor, but it was my first earthquake which was pretty cool.

What is your biggest regret from your Survivor experience?

Probably my biggest regret is not being able to go on tour of the country Gabon. We left Gabon the day after the final Tribal Council. But I have no regrets about being on Survivor, going to Gabon and well... winning.

What's something that will blow fans' minds that happened out there in your season but never made it to TV?

It's difficult to come up with mind blowing things that were not shown on the season. I had a pretty amazing season to be part of. But one thing that didn't make the show was an incident that happened one night when I woke up at about 2 o'clock in the morning to start boiling water so we would all have water for our canteens for the day.

When I came out of the hut, the night-cameraman was looking around with his infrared camera. I asked him what he was looking at and he said, "Nothing." So I started the fire to boil water and he told me not to start the fire because he couldn't see with the infrared camera with the light from the fire. I asked him what he was looking for again. And he confessed that a large cat was walking around the hut and he was trying to keep an eye on where it was. Keep in mind that there was no one and nothing at our campsite to protect us from the animals.

I tricked him into picking up his foot, at which point I took off his sneaker and threw it out into the Savanna. Surprised, he yelled, "Why did you do that?" I said because "I think I can probably run faster with two sneakers on than you can with one." I regret to inform you that I did run faster than him and the cat ate the cameraman. Okay, I get carried away with my stories once in a while!

How do you feel about the edit you got on the show?

Hey, when you take a skinny, ugly, old high school teacher and edit him to look like they did me on the show, I have no complaints!

Bob Crowley and the cast of 'Survivor: Gabon'
| Credit: Eric McCandless/Getty/CBS

What was it like coming back to regular society after being out there? Was there culture shock or an adjustment coming back?

After the final Tribal Council, the first person you meet is the psychiatrist. She said to me, when you return to the States, you'll still have an urge to collect firewood and collect berries and pee in the bushes, but you'll get over that. I asked her "Why?" I said that I'm going back to the island where I live in the summer. I'll collect firewood, I'll pick blackberries to put on my pancakes, and I do s--- in the woods. She said, "I bet you'll acclimate just fine." Other than that, I didn't really have any culture shock or adjustments coming back.

Was there ever a point either during the game or after you got back where you regretted going on the show?

No, not in the least. Survivor has opened up amazing opportunities for Peg and me. We have made wonderful new friends. And we have visited some wonderful countries since I was on Survivor including Greece, Turkey, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and Croatia.

Whom do you still talk, text, or email with the most from your season?

I text and talk and visit when I'm in California with Corinne and Sugar, obviously at separate times and in separate locations. We see Gillian when we are able to go to her Reality-Rally fundraiser. Charlie Herschel has come to Maine to visit the island and the farm and Maine Forest Yurts. Susie Smith has invited us to her town in Charles City, Iowa and she has come to Maine to visit and she played in our Durham Warriors Survival Challenge. Randy Bailey hasn't been here yet...but he's always welcome! 

I do have to say I have gotten to know many players from other seasons of Survivor. Richard Hatch, Sandra Diaz Twine, Ethan Zohn, Terry Dietz, Yau-Man, Kathy Sleckman, and Natalie Anderson have all come here to visit us at our farm, and some have stayed in the yurts. Being on Survivor has been a great opportunity to become friends with so many Survivor contestants and Survivor fans.

Do you still watch Survivor, and if so, what's your favorite season you were not on and why?

Oh yes, I still watch Survivor. I enjoyed watching Winners at War which I like to call "Some of the Winners at War." It was fun watching the winners compete. I know most of them personally and that adds excitement to watching them play. I was rooting for Ethan Zohn. 

Who's one player from another Survivor season you wish you could have played with or against and why?

This is a hard question for me. I've met hundreds of the players so it's difficult for me to choose. There are so many that would be fun to play with and some that wouldn't be fun to play with. I'll pick Jimmy T from Nicaragua, but that's because Jimmy has become one of my closest friends post-Survivor. As a matter of fact, Jimmy's coming this week to play in the woods with me. We call it the Huck Finn Gym, where I let him come and cut firewood, cut trails, snowmobile, catch lobsters in the Summer, and tell lies. Peg and I often visit with Jimmy and his wife Laurel in Gloucester, Mass.  Timber Tina of Survivor: Panama often joins us for the good times in the woods.

If you could make one change to any aspect of Survivor, what would it be and why?

Although I cannot think of anything that could make Survivor a better show than it has proved to be over the last two decades, I often say I would prefer to be put on an island with a chainsaw and five gallons of gas and whoever has the coolest shelter at the end of 39 days wins.

Finally, would you play again if asked?

I'd play again in a heartbeat.

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Survivor: Gabon

Season of television series

Survivor: Gabon — Earth's Last Eden is the seventeenth season of the American CBS competitive reality television series Survivor.[1] The premiere aired September 25, 2008, with the first two episodes screened back-to-back. Survivor: Gabon began filming in late June.[2] It marked the second season of the series that was filmed in Africa (Survivor: Africa had been filmed seven years earlier in Kenya). Reports from Gabon indicate the show was filmed around the coastal towns of Nyonie and Ekwata in the Wonga-Wongue Presidential Reserve.[3]

This season, players sent to Exile Island had a choice of receiving a clue to the location of a Hidden Immunity Idol or a comfort item. On April 13, 2008, at the National Association of Broadcasters's annual show, Sony announced that the 17th season of Survivor would be the first to be shot in high definition, using Sony's XDCAMs.[4] The show ranked number ten in DVR playback (2.33 million viewers), according to Nielsen prime DVR lift data from September 22, 2008 – November 23, 2008.[5]

The winner was 57-year-old Robert "Bob" Crowley, a high school physics teacher from Maine. He defeated Susie Smith and Jessica "Sugar" Kiper in a 4–3–0 vote at the live finale to take the million dollar prize. In addition, Bob won the $100,000 "Sprint Survivor of the Season" award, beating out Matty Whitmore and Sugar, who were next highest in the popular vote. Crowley is the oldest survivor winner to date, by both birthday and age of victory. Being the only winner to date to be born in the 1950s, and the only one to be in his 50s.


Notable contestants from this season include former 2004 Olympic gold medalist Crystal Cox, professional gamer Ken Hoang, and Matty Whitmore, the grandson of actor James Whitmore.

Contestant Original tribe First
switched tribe
switched tribe
Merged tribe Finish
Michelle Chase
24, Los Angeles, California
Fang 1st voted out
Day 3
Gillian Larson
61, Temecula, California
Fang 2nd voted out
Day 6
Paloma Soto-Castillo
23, Downey, California
Kota 3rd voted out
Day 9
Jacquie Berg
25, Santa Barbara, California
Kota Fang 4th voted out
Day 12
Danny "GC" Brown
25, Portland, Oregon
Fang Fang 5th voted out
Day 15
Kelly Czarnecki
22, Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Kota Fang 6th voted out
Day 18
Ace Gordon
27, Naples, Florida
Kota Fang 7th voted out
Day 21
Dan Kay †
32, Boston, Massachusetts
Fang Kota 8th voted out
Day 21
Marcus Lehman
28, Atlanta, Georgia
Kota Kota Kota 9th voted out
1st jury member
Day 24
Charlie Herschel
29, New York City, New York
Kota Kota Fang Nobag 10th voted out
2nd jury member
Day 27
Randy Bailey
49, Eagle Rock, Missouri
Fang Kota Fang 11th voted out
3rd jury member
Day 30
Corinne Kaplan
29, Los Angeles, California
Kota Kota Fang 12th voted out
4th jury member
Day 33
Crystal Cox
29, Durham, North Carolina
Fang Fang Kota 13th voted out
5th jury member
Day 36
Ken Hoang
22, Westminster, California
Fang Fang Kota 14th voted out
6th jury member
Day 37
Matty Whitmore
29, Pacific Palisades, California
Fang Fang Fang 15th voted out
7th jury member
Day 38
Jessica "Sugar" Kiper
29, Brooklyn, New York
Kota Fang[a]Fang 2nd runner-up
Susie Smith
47, Charles City, Iowa
Fang Kota Kota Runner-up
Robert "Bob" Crowley
57, South Portland, Maine[6]
Kota Kota Kota Sole Survivor

Future appearances[edit]

Jessica "Sugar" Kiper and Randy Bailey returned for Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. Corinne Kaplan was asked to return, but declined due to work obligations.[7] Kaplan eventually returned for Survivor: Caramoan and later competed on The Amazing Race 31 with two-time Survivor contestant Eliza Orlins.[8][9] In 2020, Marcus Lehman competed on FOX's Labor of Love.[10]

Season summary[edit]

The players were divided into tribes by a schoolyard pick started by the oldest players, Bob and Gillian. It became evident that Gillian's tribe, Fang, was weaker, losing many of the reward and immunity challenges even after a tribal switch, but a core alliance between Matty, Ken, and Crystal developed. On Bob's tribe, Kota, a series of alliances were formed, strengthened after the swap with the addition of Randy. Both the hidden immunity idol and Exile Island were in play; the winning tribe on reward challenges was able to send one of the losing tribe's members to the latter. At Exile, that player had the option of a clue to the immunity idol hidden near Exile (ultimately leading to a string of hidden clues to the idol), or to relax in a small shack with a provision of fruit and a hammock. Sugar was the second player to visit Exile and found the idol on her first visit; she was repeatedly sent back to Exile, where, isolated from both tribes, she relaxed most of the time. Sugar’s idol was eventually discovered by Matty, Ken, and Crystal, and they decided to bring her into their alliance, with Ken convincing her to vote off her closest ally Ace who he claimed was using her for the idol.

On Day 22, both tribes were given clues suggesting a tribal merge; they enjoyed a celebratory meal, and discovered a hidden immunity idol nearby. Unanimously, the players agreed to throw the idol away into the ocean. They then discovered they were still separate tribes, mixed by random draw, and returned to their camps. This development proved crucial for the minority Fang alliance, who successfully convinced Kota alliance member Susie that she was on the bottom of her alliance, resulting in the elimination of Kota alliance leader Marcus. The tribes were then merged with the former Kota alliance in the minority. The Fang alliance, now with Susie, dominated the game, eliminating the former Kota alliance until only Bob was left. Bob won three consecutive immunity challenges, forcing the Fang alliance to turn on themselves and resulting in the eliminations of Crystal and Ken due to their strong strategic prowess.

The final four were Matty, Sugar, Susie, and Bob. Susie won the final immunity challenge and ended Bob's immunity streak. Sugar decided to vote with Bob due to their social bond, forcing a tie between him and Matty; Bob won the fire-making tiebreaker challenge.

At the Final Tribal Council, the jury criticized Sugar for her backstabbing, not owning her game, and playing with her emotions. Susie was praised for playing under the radar strategically, while Bob was praised for his physical game, creating two fake immunity idols, and having control of his fate. The jury voted Bob the Sole Survivor in a 4-3-0 vote over Susie and Sugar, respectively.

Episode Challenge winner(s) Exiled Eliminated Finish
No. Title[11]Original air date Reward Immunity
1 "Want to See the Elephant Dung?" September 25, 2008 Kota[b]GC[b]None Michelle 1st voted out
Day 3
Kota[c]Dan Gillian 2nd voted out
Day 6
2 "She Obviously is Post-Op!" October 2, 2008 Fang Fang Sugar Paloma 3rd voted out
Day 9
3 "It Was Like Christmas Morning!" October 9, 2008 None[d]Kota Sugar[e]Jacquie 4th voted out
Day 12
4 "This Camp is Cursed" October 16, 2008 Kota Kota Sugar GC 5th voted out
Day 15
5 "He's a Snake, But He's My Snake" October 23, 2008 Kota Kota Sugar Kelly 6th voted out
Day 18
6 "It All Depends on the Pin-Up Girl" October 30, 2008 Kota Marcus[f]Sugar Ace 7th voted out
Day 21
[Sugar][f]Dan 8th voted out
Day 21
7 "Apple in the Garden of Eden" November 6, 2008 None[d]Fang None[d]Marcus 9th voted out
1st jury member
Day 24
8 "The Brains Behind Everything" November 13, 2008 Fang Susie Bob Charlie 10th voted out
2nd jury member
Day 27
9 ""Nothing Tastes Better Than Five Hundred Dollars" November 20, 2008 Survivor
Ken Bob Randy 11th voted out
3rd jury member
Day 30
10 "I Was Put on a Planet For This Show" November 27, 2008 Recap Episode
11 "The Good Things in Life Aren’t Easy" December 4, 2008 Bob Bob None[g]Corinne 12th voted out
4th jury member
Day 33
12 "The Good Guys Should Win in the End" December 11, 2008 Bob,
Bob Susie Crystal 13th voted out
5th jury member
Day 36
13 "Say Goodbye to Gabon" December 14, 2008 None Bob None Ken 14th voted out
6th jury member
Day 37
Susie Matty 15th voted out
7th jury member
Day 38
14 "Reunion" Jury vote
Sugar 2nd runner-up
Susie Runner-up
Bob Sole Survivor
In the case of multiple tribes or castaways who win reward or immunity, they are listed in order of finish, or alphabetically where it was a team effort; where one castaway won and invited others, the invitees are in brackets.
  1. ^Sugar was sent to Exile Island after not being chosen during the first tribe swap. She joined the tribe that lost the next Immunity Challenge, Fang.
  2. ^ abcDuring the initial challenge, the first castaway from each tribe to complete it would win individual immunity at their first Tribal Council, while the first tribe to complete the challenge would win reward.
  3. ^ abCombined reward and immunity challenge.
  4. ^ abcThere was no Reward Challenge due to a tribal switch.
  5. ^Sugar was exiled after not being chosen for a tribe, and joined the tribe that lost the next immunity challenge.
  6. ^ abMarcus won the individual immunity challenge, and chose Sugar to receive immunity as well.
  7. ^As part of a special event in which all castaways got to see their respective loved ones, nobody was sent to Exile Island.


Voting history[edit]

Original tribes First switch Second
Merged tribe
Episode # 123456789111213
Day # 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 33 36 37 38
Eliminated Michelle Gillian Paloma Jacquie GC Kelly Ace Dan Marcus Charlie Randy Corinne Crystal Ken Tie[a]Matty
Votes 8–1 7–1 7–2 5–2 6–1 5–1 3–2 4–3 3–2 5–4 5–3 4–3 4–0[b]4–1 2–2 Challenge[c]
Voter Vote
Bob Paloma Dan Ken Crystal Susie Matty Crystal Ken Matty Win[c]
Susie Michelle Gillian Dan Marcus Charlie Randy Corinne Crystal Ken Bob
Sugar Paloma Exiled[d]GC Kelly Ace Charlie Randy Corinne Crystal Ken Matty
Matty Michelle Gillian Jacquie GC Kelly Crystal Charlie Randy Corinne Crystal Ken Bob Lose[c]
Ken Michelle Gillian Jacquie GC Kelly Ace Marcus Charlie Randy Matty Susie
Crystal Michelle Gillian Jacquie GC Kelly Ace Marcus Charlie Randy Corinne
Corinne Paloma Dan Crystal Susie Matty
Randy Michelle Gillian Susie Crystal Susie
Charlie Paloma Dan Crystal
Marcus Paloma Susie Ken
Dan Michelle Gillian Susie
Ace Paloma Kelly GC Kelly Crystal
Kelly Ace Jacquie GC Crystal
GC Michelle Gillian Jacquie Kelly
Jacquie Paloma Kelly
Paloma Ace
Gillian Michelle Ken
Michelle Gillian
Jury vote
Episode #14
Day # 39
Finalist Bob Susie Sugar
Votes 4–3–0
Juror Vote
Matty Susie
Ken Susie
Crystal Susie
Corinne Bob
Randy Bob
Charlie Bob
Marcus Bob

  1. ^The first Tribal Council vote resulted in a tie. As there were only four castaways remaining, the two tied castaways would compete in a fire making challenge to resolve the tie.
  2. ^Sugar played a hidden immunity idol on Matty, therefore the two votes against him were not counted.
  3. ^ abcMatty lost to Bob in the fire making tiebreaker challenge.
  4. ^Sugar was sent to Exile Island after not being chosen in the first tribal switch. She joined the tribe that lost the subsequent Immunity Challenge, Fang.

Production notes[edit]

Probst recalled that the live finale of Gabon was almost ruined as the production assistant normally in charge of bringing the Final Tribal Council votes from the production offices to the live venue had forgotten to bring them, a fact discovered just as the live show started. Probst explained that another staff member raced back to the offices, breaking into the room where the votes were secured due to having no key, and faxed the votes over to the live venue, where another production staff member retraced the votes by hand with only about 15 minutes left before the live show vote reading. In the end, the original votes arrived at the studio in time and were read.[36]


Survivor: Gabon was initially met with generally negative reception. Host Jeff Probst originally ranked Gabon 14th out of 19 seasons in 2010, thus ranking it as the sixth-worst season of the series.[37] He later went on to say that the show was drifting during Gabon and that he nearly quit the show as a consequence.[38] Dalton Ross of Entertainment Weekly ranked Gabon 28th out of 40, summarizing: "It got better near the end, but it was still a case of too little, too late. The fact that so many unworthy players went so far is simply too damning."[39]Gabon is ranked as the second-worst season of the series by (only ahead of Survivor: Fiji), and The Wire (only ahead of Survivor: Redemption Island).[40] "The Purple Rock Podcast" also ranked Gabon 34th out of 40, describing the cast as one of the most "inept Survivor casts ever from a gameplay perspective."[41] In 2012 and 2013, Survivor fan site "Survivor Oz" consistently ranked Gabon as the eighth-worst season of the series in its annual polls ranking all seasons; however, the reception for Gabon improved significantly in 2014, when it was voted as the tenth-best season.[42][43][44] Its ranking improved substantially again in 2015, when it was ranked the seventh-best season.[45] In 2015, a poll by Rob Has a Podcast ranked this season 23rd out of 30, with Rob Cesternino ranking this season 29th.[46] This was updated in 2021 during Cesternino's podcast, Survivor All-Time Top 40 Rankings, ranking 26th out of 40.[47] In 2020, Inside Survivor ranked this season 20th out of 40 saying that "the gameplay is completely baffling" but is "one of the most entertaining seasons of the show from a comedic perspective."[48]


Survivor: Gabon received some minor criticism from the Parents Television Council for a brief, uncensored glimpse of Marcus's penis when the tip was partially exposed through the fly of his boxer shorts. The exposure occurred on the season opener during the second Immunity Challenge when Marcus raced alongside fellow contestants.[49][50]


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