‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2012 Ballot – Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer


'Survivor' Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer - (CBS)

As a member of the Executive Voting Committee, “Survivor” Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer (along with Host Jeff Probst, Producer Jesse Jensen, and other “Survivor” luminaries) has an awesome responsibility. The committee’s votes will make up 50% of the final tally for entry into the prestigious Class of 2012. The other 50% will come from “Survivor” fans like you.

Note: Polls closed November 30, 2012 at 5 pm ET.

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John Kirhoffer is the brain behind some of  “Survivor’s” most difficult and exciting challenges. After 12 years and more than 25 seasons, John continues to design and execute innovative challenges that never fail to impress. His commitment, attention to detail and dedication to creating some of the best challenges on TV are a critical part of “Survivor’s” continued success. With hundreds of challenges on his resume, he credits “Boulder Dash” from season three (Africa) and “Vertical Maze” from season nine (Vanuatu – Islands of Fire) among his favorites.

John Kirhoffer’s 2012 “Survivor” Hall of Fame Ballot

Ethan Zohn – (“Survivor: Africa” and “Survivor: All-Stars”): I feel Ethan deserves an actual statue in our virtual Hall of Fame. Having played only twice, he has once won the game of “Survivor,” and has certainly won the game of life. Ethan is one of the most deserving winners in “Survivor” history, through exceptional athleticism, genuine compassion, and a sincerity of heart he was able to capture the hearts of America and title of Sole Survivor in season three.  Ethan became a true role model for kids, passionately committed to his Grassroots Soccer program, then battled cancer valiantly, with an unbreakable spirit which truly gives a heroic connotation to the word “Survivor.”

Benjamin “Coach” Wade – (“Survivor: Tocantins,” “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,” and “Survivor: South Pacific”): Once again for me, Coach is a “Survivor” classic! He had three seasons; from a self-absorbed narcissist with epic and often bizarre tales of adventure and delusions of grandeur, to the more humbled, genuinely sympathetic and mentoring soul forced to compromise his morality to compete in a game designed to conflict with ones values…I think he may have come out of his “Survivor” tenure with well more than a million dollars worth of spirituality, self-awareness, and actual honor.

Amanda Kimmel – (“Survivor: China,” “Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites,” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”): And also ONCE AGAIN for me…Amanda deserves a spot in our Hall of Fame. Many of us discounted her from early episodes in China as the beautiful, dingy, pageant queen whose crowning achievement was losing her top in a mud challenge and proclaiming “My mom is going to kill me!” Then she aligned with Todd Herzog, and together choreographed an amazing strategy that got her to the end, only to claim second place. And then in “Fans vs. Favorites” she became one of the architects of the women’s alliance with another of my most memorable lines in “Survivor” history. After an incredible scene of digging a mile of ditches in the sand on Exile Island she showed up with an EMMY-quality performance of resigned dejection at Tribal Council when at the clutch moment she proclaimed, “When I said I didn’t have the hidden Immunity Idol I didn’t…” She then strutted over to Jeff and continued, “BUT I HAVE IT!!” She made it again to the final two…and alas, again fell short against Parvati.

Be sure to come back Monday, December 10, 2012 to meet the first member of the Class of 2012!

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