‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2015 Inductee – Rudy Boesch


2015 "Survivor" Hall of Fame Inductee Rudy Boesch (CBS)

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Fifty percent of the voting for the ‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame was based on the ballots of the Executive Voting Committee. This blue-ribbon panel consists of “Survivor” luminaries such as Host and Executive Producer Jeff Probst, Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer, Co-Executive Producers Jesse Jensen and Matt Van Wagenen, the current members of the “Survivor” Hall of Fame, the “Survivor” press corps, and XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” Guy Gordon Holmes. The other fifty percent came from “Survivor” fans like you.

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The Class of 2010 included Parvati Shallow, Russell Hantz, Rob Mariano, Richard Hatch, and Sandra Diaz-Twine…

The Class of 2011 included Cirie Fields, Ozzy Lusth, and Tom Westman…

The Class of 2012 included Amanda Kimmel, Rob Cesternino, and Ethan Zohn…

The Class of 2013 included Kim Spradlin, John Cochran, and Jonny Fairplay…

Earlier this week, Jerri Manthey and Benjamin “Coach” Wade joined the Class of 2015…

And now, the “Survivor” Hall of Fame is proud to induct Rudy Boesch as the third and final member of the Class of 2015.

We had a chance to talk to Rudy and get his thoughts on this is honor…

Gordon Holmes: The fans, production, the press, your peers…everyone came together to honor you with this induction into the “Survivor” Hall of Fame. Congratulations on being recognized as one of the greatest of all time.
Rudy Boesch:
I don’t feel like one of the all-time best players but it is very nice to be remembered.

Holmes: You certainly are. Does it feel odd that this little adventure you went on fifteen years ago is still so fondly regarded?
I’m not surprised that “Survivor” is still on after fifteen years because it is still a really good show.

Holmes: Are you still watching?
I do still watch “Survivor” but I normally fall asleep before it is over!

Holmes: (Laughs) Yeah…me too on some seasons. It’s pretty cool to have your former tribemate Kelly Wiglesworth giving it a second go.
I always liked Kelly. Good for her to be able to try it a second time.

What the fans said about Rudy…

“Richard Hatch quit an immunity challenge because he knew he couldn’t beat Rudy in front of the jury.” – Donna

“A player who captivated everyone watching the first season, and ensured the popularity of “Survivor,” allowing many more seasons to come.” – Muntaqim

“I think people forget how big of a celebrity Rudy became after Borneo aired.’” – Colleen

What the Executive Voting Committee said about Rudy…

“If you need a reason to induct Rudy Boesch into the “Survivor” Hall of Fame you are not a true fan.  He’s a legend.” – Executive Producer and Host Jeff Probst

“When the tribe was scrambling to make a shelter to sleep above the flea-infested beach and find water to boil and drink in order to survive the elements, the oldest contestant ever, Rudy, dug a 6-foot trench in the beach, lined it with palm leaves, and slept in it. Then he proceeded to drink the unfiltered, un-boiled water from a tiny stream. ‘I used to drink water with dead bodies floating in it…this stuff is fine.’” – Ethan Zohn

“Rudy is as synonymous with Survivor’ as almost anyone, the franchise’s original fan-favorite, the elder statesman of the series. Respect where it’s due.” – Josh Wigler – Parade

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

Watch the ‘Survivor: Second Chance’ Finale this Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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