‘Survivor: Philippines': Find Out Who Won!

Survivor Winner

The 25th season of Survivor planted its contestants in the Philippines, and saddled them with challenges like swim races, pyramid obstacle courses, and the ever fierce mud-bag toss. Among the starring players on this year’s circuit were former sitcom star Lisa Whelchel (Blair from The Facts of Life), Survivor veteran Michael Lipkin, and professional meltdowner Russell Swan. But dominating each and every one of them was Iowan sex therapist Denise Stapley, who was announced the winner of the competition on Sunday night’s season finale.

Stapley was deemed the victor at the end of the episode, beating out runners-up Whelchel and Michael Skupin for the crown. However, Whelchel did earn the honor of being named this season’s “Sprint Player,” nabbing the title from fan-turned-contestant Malcolm Freberg by a microscopic voting margin of 1%.

Check back for our full recap of the episode.

[Photo Credit: Greg Gaynes/CBS]

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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