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‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2015 Ballot – Jonny Fairplay

December 3, 2015

2013 "Survivor" Hall of Fame Inductee Jonny Fairplay (CBS)

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The “Survivor” Hall of Fame is proud to have 2013 inductee (and the first person to ever have a “Survivor”  Hall of Fame championship belt) Jonny Fairplay as a member of the Executive Voting Committee.


As a member of this exclusive committee, Jonny (along with Host Jeff Probst and other “Survivor” luminaries) has accepted an awesome responsibility. The committee’s votes will make up 50% of the final tally for entry into the prestigious Class of 2015. The other 50% will come from “Survivor” fans like you.

Jonny Fairplay’s 2015 Hall of Fame Ballot

Rupert Boneham – (“Survivor: Pearl Islands,” “Survivor: All-Stars,” “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,” and “Survivor: Blood vs. Water”): He’s not the smartest player, not even by a long shot, but he plays with his heart and that went a long way into making Rupert one of the most memorable players in the history of the game. I’ve always said if there were a “Survivor” Mount Rushmore, I would put Rupert’s ugly face on it.

Jerri Manthey – (“Survivor – The Australian Outback,” “Survivor: All-Stars,” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”):  She’s one of the original bitches in the entire genre of reality television and made herself, not by her own doing (according to her), one of the first true villains in the game of “Survivor.” Plus I’ve always thought she was hot!

Lex van den Berghe – (“Survivor: Africa” and “Survivor: All-Stars”): I didn’t even like “Survivor” until I saw Lex and “Survivor: Africa.” Winner of more challenges than anyone on his initial season. Winning over Big Tom, a guy that normally wouldn’t even walk on the same side of the street as someone that looked like Lex. And being a true personality in the game, Lex gets my vote.

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‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2013 Inductee – Jonny Fairplay

December 13, 2013

"Survivor" Hall of Fame 2013 Inductee Jonny Fairplay

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, Producer Jesse Jensen, the current members of the “Survivor” Hall of Fame, the “Survivor” press corps, and XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” Minion 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…

Earlier this week, Kim Spradlin and John Cochran became the Hall’s newest members…

And now, the “Survivor” Hall of Fame is proud to induct Jonny Fairplay as the third and final member of the Class of 2013.

Jonny Fairplay’s Hall of Fame Acceptance Speech

First of all; I would like to say thank you to my fellow Hall of Famers, press, and fans that chose to vote for me. To the others; I’m an acquired taste. It is an honor to be recognized as one of the greatest at what you do and I feel that I did “Survivor” best.

My dream as a little kid was to be the greatest “bad guy” wrestler of all time. That never exactly happened; I was a few vitamins short of the physique needed. I did however become the greatest heel in the history of reality television on the greatest show of the genre.

My experience on Pearl Islands is one of the most special moments of my life. For the record, my favorite episode is the one in which I voted out Rupert; not the “Dead Grandma” lie. However, the “Dead Grandma” lie was an incredible moment that captivated pop culture and changed my life forever.

I would like to personally thank: Lynne Spillman – for seeing me at the gas station that fateful day, CBS and Mark Burnett – for giving me the opportunity to be the “bad guy,” Thunder D – for being a big enough scum bag to come through and lie with me to others during a very emotional Reward Challenge, my “Dead Grandma” – for staying alive, Rob Cesternino – for giving me the blueprint, and to all my other “Survivor” brothers and sisters – for giving me the greatest extended family anyone could ever ask for!

And a special thank you to everyone that makes “Survivor” what it is; you have honestly made me one the luckiest and happiest people alive! Thank you, you changed my life forever!

What the fans said about Jonny…

“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

“You just love to hate the guy.” – Colleen

“Should Fairplay’s grandmother do the induction speech or should Thunder D?” – Tricia

What the Executive Voting Committee said about Jonny…

“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

“Whether you loved him or whether you hated him, he kept things interesting and he changed “Survivor” and Reality TV forever.” – Rob Cesternino

“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

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Watch the ‘Survivor: Blood vs. Water’ Finale this Sunday, December 15, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Which Moment Describes What ‘Survivor’ Is All About? Jeff Probst Answers (Not Really)

November 5, 2012

Jeff Probst (CBS)

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This Week’s Question: If you had to pick one moment that describes what “Survivor” is all about, what would that moment be?

Gordon Holmes: OK, I love this question. If I knew someone who’d never seen the show before and I had to show them one clip, it’d have to be Jonny “Fairplay” Dalton’s dead grandma ruse from “Survivor: Pearl Islands.” This moment has it all. It combines brilliant gameplay (Fairplay having the forethought to arrange the strategy with his buddy Thunder D), trademark “Survivor” deception (the lie itself), as well as the best of human nature (when Lillian Morris did her best to help Fairplay win). So good. In fact, I’d like my headstone to someday read, “He died, dude.”
Jeff Probst:
Another interesting question.  It’s funny to hear your answer because as much as I loved that moment, that does not represent what “Survivor” is about to me.  I see “Survivor” as a social experiment in this sense; how do you create a healthy existence living with other humans in a competitive environment but an environment in which you also need each other to survive?  It has always seemed to be a microcosm of our normal lives back home.  We all want to get ahead and that often means defeating or outsmarting the other person but ultimately we all need each other in order to keep the planet functioning.  How do you do that?  It’s more than being a leader as we can all think of great leaders who would get slaughtered in “Survivor.”  It takes a beautiful balance of self-awareness, empathy, the ability to assess and adapt, and when necessary make the big move.  So… after that long winded speech, this is my question for you; why are all of these questions “the MOST” and “the BIGGEST”?  
That’s how this bit works! And a non-answer again? You’re killing me!
That’s just too much work, Holmes.  A guy only has so many hours in a day.  Holy cow, man.  I also have a family.  Great wife and kids.  Plus I am still learning to play tennis and guitar and drums.  I can’t spend time trying to figure out the “best” of anything.  Final answer.
Your social game is going to cost you my jury vote.

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Survivors Speak: Who’s the Biggest ‘Survivor’ Villain Ever?

April 12, 2010

Nobody does villainy quite like “Survivor.”

Be it venomous jury speeches, burning an opponent’s footwear, or lying about the well-being of your loved ones, “Survivor’s” villains have proven that all’s fair when it comes to outwitting, outplaying, and outlasting.

So, in the spirit of this season’s “Heroes Vs. Villains” theme, we’ve reached out to some of the show’s top names to find out who they think are the biggest villains in “Survivor” history.

“Richard Hatch, Rob Cesternino, then me, that’s how I’d rank them.” Jon “Jonny Fairplay” Dalton – “Survivor: Pearl Islands” and “Survivor: Fans Vs. Favorites”

“The most vile villain of all time? Russell (Hantz) may have it hands down. He’s an amazing player.” Debra Beebe – “Survivor: Tocantins”

“It’s a toss up between Russell (Hantz) and Jonny Fairplay.” Todd Herzog – Winner of “Survivor: China”

“I think Todd Herzog. And it’s a travesty that he isn’t on the Villains team. I wanted to put him in a wig and send him in my place.” Courtney Yates – “Survivor: China” and “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains”

“I’d have to say Courtney (Yates) is the most vile villain of all time. No, she’s the most beautiful villain of all time.” Stephen Fishbach – “Survivor: Tocantins”

“I’d like to give the credit to Randy (Bailey) because that was more personal. But for me, Jonny Fairplay was the worst villain.” Susie Smith – “Survivor: Gabon”

“Hands down, I have to give it to him…I’m not a hater. I give credit where credit is due. And Russell (Hantz) to me is the biggest villain I’ve ever seen.” Cirie Fields – “Survivor: Panama,” “Survivor: Fans Vs. Favorites,” and “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains”

“It’s gotta be Jonny Fairplay. I mean, who lies about their Grandma passing away?” Dan Kay – “Survivor: Gabon”

“In my mind, it’d be Corinne (Kaplan).” Matty Whitmore – “Survivor: Gabon”

“Jonny Fairplay.” Chris Daugherty – Winner of “Survivor: Vanuatu”

“You’d have to say Russell (Hantz) after this past season.” Coby Archa – “Survivor: Palau”

“I’m going to go all the way back to Susan Hawk. To me, she was as cutthroat as it comes.” Erik Cardona – “Survivor: Samoa”

“I’ve got to go with Richard Hatch. He’s a trend setter. He came up with the whole philosophy on how to play ‘Survivor.’ He came up with the alliance and he won. And I still love him to death even though you want to hate him.” Jerri Manthey – “Survivor: The Australian Outback,” “Survivor: All Stars,” and “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains”

“I would totally have to say Russell Hantz for all-time biggest villain, hands down!  He has ice in his veins.” Tamara “Taj” George – “Survivor: Tocantins”

“It would be hard to think of villains on ‘Survivor’ without mentioning Jonny Fairplay, who I believe was the first person who ever went on ‘Survivor’ with the intention of being ‘the villain.’  However, for me, as a viewer I never experienced anything like the emotion I felt watching Richard Hatch win the first ‘Survivor.’  Seeing Richard prevail with ‘Survivor’s’ first million dollar prize was not unlike watching Darth Vader prevail over Luke Skywalker and Han Solo at the end of ‘The Empire Strikes Back.’  Though America may not have been rooting for him at the time, Richard’s strategic, manipulative, and emotionless style of play became the blueprint for how future Survivors (and specifically future ‘Survivor’ villains) would play the game for the next ten years and beyond.” Rob Cesternino – “Survivor: The Amazon” and “Survivor: All Stars”

On the Other Hand: Survivors Speak: Who’s the Biggest ‘Survivor’ Hero Ever?

More “Survivor” Fun: Check out my exit interview with Benjamin “Coach” Wade and “Survivor: The Amazon” winner Jenna Morasca’s latest article.

‘Survivor’s’ Jonny Fairplay Bashes ‘Heroes vs. Villains’ Selections

January 11, 2010

One well-placed fib about a deceased grandmother was all it took to rocket Jon “Jonny Fairplay” Dalton from “Survivor” contestant to arguably “Survivor’s” greatest villain of all time.

So, why wasn’t he included in “Heroes vs. Villains?”

I spoke with Mr. Fairplay a few days after the “Heroes vs. Villains” cast list was released to find out why he wasn’t included, which cast members he thinks weren’t worthy, and who his picks are for the greatest players of all time.

Gordon Holmes: The “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains” cast list went up last Wednesday, and the thing we keep hearing is, “Where’s Jonny Fairplay?”
Jonny Fairplay:
I guess CBS knows what they’re doing. It must get good ratings. I guess they’ll bring me back later.
Gordon: What is your impression of some of the players they chose to bring back?
Fairplay: Some of them are good, some of them aren’t.
Gordon: Which of the players are you disappointed with?
Fairplay: That Danielle (DiLorenzo) chick, I don’t know if she’s a villain or not, but I wouldn’t even put her on the show. Amanda (Kimmel) is not good TV. Honestly, if I’m making a show I’d want the best TV possible. I think me, Rupert (Boneham), and Russell (Hantz) would be good TV. I think Lex (van den Berghe) would be good TV.

Gordon: It seems like they’ve steered away from some of the older seasons. There are a lot of names from “Survivor: China,” “Survivor: Gabon,” and “Survivor: Tocantins.”
Well, I think most people who watch TV have small brains and don’t remember back that far, and I think that’s what CBS is thinking.

Gordon: Jeff Probst and I had a discussion about a “Survivor” Hall of Fame a few years ago…
Dude, I saw that! If you’re really doing a “Survivor” (expletive deleted) Hall of Fame, bar none, here’s the four I would put. I would put Richard Hatch on one side, I would put Rupert on the other side, in the middle I would put me and Jeff Probst. Those are the four faces of “Survivor.” If you didn’t use Jeff Probst, I’d put Jenna Morasca. She has one of the top-selling Playboys of all time. She’s an icon.

Editor’s Note: At this point, “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains” contestant Cirie Fields joined the conversation.

Fairplay: People say “What about Cirie?” Cirie walks down the street and the fans aren’t (expletive deleted) mauling her. They’re mauling Richard Hatch, they’re mauling Rupert…
Cirie Fields: They should be mauling me!
Fairplay: They should be, but I’m not putting you in the “Survivor” Hall of Fame.
Cirie: (Laughs) Yeah, but Cirie is real hot and everything.
Gordon: We’re not debating that point.
Cirie and Fairplay: (Laugh)

Gordon: What is the reaction on the street when people see Jonny Fairplay?
They ask me for my autograph, I say “No,” and I walk away.

Gordon: How has your life changed since appearing on “Survivor: Pearl Islands?”
Well, I’m on Rolex number two, I have better friends than you, and that’s about it.
Gordon: Clearly you’ve met my friends.
Fairplay: (Laughs)

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