Yes it is true. The schemer schemed his way to victory in China. 22 year old Todd Herzog was able to scheme, lie and backstab his way to a 1 million dollar payday. The vote ended up 4 for Todd, 2 for Courtney and only 1 for my personal favorite Amanda. Basically when all was said and done, Todd was ready for the jury, had answers for everyone, gained respect from the Jury for playing the “game” and playing it off as it was just a game an nothing personal.
Todd was only 14 when Survivor premiered and since then studied the game and knew what he was doing. He got an alliance from day one (which all of us Big Brother fans know did not work for Kail in Big Brother 8) and kept someone weaker close just in case. (Courtney) His planned worked like a charm. The only complaint I have at the end of the reunion show was…WHAT IS UP WITH YOUR HAIR?!? Oh my….
Anyway…James was voted the most popular member of Survivor China and walks away with 100,000 dollars. Not bad for looking good and not being smart enough to play the Hidden Immunity Idols that he had! UGH!! Denise the Lunch Lady was gifted 50,000 dollars from Mark Brunett (who I am guessing can afford it quite easily) for sharing a story about how she is no longer a lunch lady but a janitor now and not able to be with her family for meal time and all she wants is her job as a lunch lady back.
Ironically, there have been reports (thanks Big G) that he statement seems to have been a little misleading…
Press Release: Mrs. Denise Martin
December 17, 2007
Douglas Public Schools
On the “Survivor China” television program that aired on December 16, 2007, Mrs. Denise Martin, an employee of the Douglas Public Schools, stated that she was demoted from her position as a cafeteria worker upon her return from taping the show. This statement is false. In fact, Mrs. Martin held a full-time position as a custodian prior to her participation in the series, and she returned to this same position upon her return from China. Mrs. Martin was granted – at her request – an unpaid leave of absence so that she could participate in the “Survivor” program. We were pleased and excited to support Denise, and have enthusiastically cheered her on throughout the duration of the show.
Although Mrs. Martin was a cafeteria employee prior to her selection as a contestant, she asked to be considered for a promotion to full-time custodian, and was promoted to this position on March 30, 2007. This promotion came with additional benefits and a higher salary. Following her leave, she then returned to this same position.
Regretfully, the Douglas Public School District was inaccurately portrayed as failing to be accommodating to an employee during what the District viewed as a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity. This is far from the case. On the contrary, we granted all requests made by Mrs. Martin so that she could participate in the “Survivor” series. Since Mrs. Martin was on an approved leave, her position was held open for her, and she returned to this same position upon her return from China. As a District, we make every effort to support our employees, and will continue to do so.
Nancy T. Lane
Superintendent of Schools
And since this press release CBS News has offered this interview on their website where Denise admits to being a Janitor and not trying to mislead anyone with her comments on the Live Finale. (she does need a hair cut…..dang mullet)