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, Executive Producer David Burris, Producer Jesse Jensen, the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2010, members of the “Survivor” press corps, and XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” Guy Gordon Holmes.
The other fifty percent came from “Survivor” fans like you.
The “Survivor” Hall of Fame is proud to induct Cirie Fields into the Class of 2011. Cirie received the most fan votes out of any nominee.
We had a chance to speak with the newly crowned Hall of Famer to get her thoughts on this honor…
How does it feel to be honored by a vote made up of your “Survivor” peers, the ‘Survivor’ production crew, the press, and the fans?
Cirie: Being a fan of the show since the days of Richard Hatch, when I was first chosen to be on “Survivor” I was in total disbelief. To think that of the hundreds of thousands of people who apply I was the one selected. The whole experience was surreal. But now to be voted into the Hall of Fame is more than unbelievable. My whole “Survivor” experience was amazing, the places I got to see, to be able to play the game that I enjoy and more importantly, to meet the greatest people ever, both on the show and behind the scenes. Everyone was so gracious and inviting, making my entire experience the adventure of a lifetime and for that I’m truly grateful. But now, to be selected by the fans, the crew and the press is more than I can fathom. I have been humbled by the entire experience and coming from the “girl on the couch” who thought she could play this game I am so very grateful to everyone. This was the opportunity of a lifetime for me and the friends and fans will be in my heart always. Thanks to everyone.
What’ve you been up to since we last saw you?
Cirie: Right after “Heroes vs. Villains” I went to Japan with other “Survivor” alumni to support the troops. I also auditioned for a role on a talk show. Just being considered for something like that boggles my mind and eases the pain of not getting it. Since then I’ve been working and spending time with my wonderful family and watching my three boys grow into three handsome young men (where did the time go?). Now I’ve thrusted myself into furthering my career as an operating room nurse coordinator.
Are you enjoying “Survivor: South Pacific”?
Cirie: Well, I can’t help but envy the notion of Redemption Island, and watching a player like Cochran who’s really bright, hilariously funny, and physically inept. I can see myself in him so I was really rooting for him. Ozzy, what can I say? He’s still amazing, I think after the show wraps up he’ll probably stay another few weeks just for the hell of it and who’s better suited? Brandon leaves me questioning my own faith and his sanity at times. I see Coach in a different light now. He has transformed from the quirky Dragon Slayer to a savvy ruler and tribesman slayer. You go, boy! I love all the new challenges, but, I always love them from the couch and not so much on the beach as a participant. Great season! I can’t wait to see who will be the sole survivor.
What the fans said about Cirie…
“One of the best players to never win, easy.” – Christian
“One of the best strategic players ever.”– Hawk_941
“Biggest transformation any contestant has ever had.” – Jonathan
“Cirie has an almost magical ability to just tell people something and make them believe it, no matter how ludicrous.” – James
“The perfect combination of personality and strategy. She should have won in Panama and Fans vs. Favs.” – Brian D.
What the Executive Voting Committee said about Cirie…
“Her asset is her disarming smile and her ability to make you forget that she is your opponent. She also deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame because she epitomizes the person who got up off the couch to live their adventure and that’s what the show is all about.” – Jeff Probst – “Survivor” Executive Producer and Host
“She played a great strategic and social game all three times. She is super smart and definitely someone that is a threat every time. Cirie is someone you would want in your alliance and not outside of it.” – “Boston” Rob Mariano – Winner of “Survivor: Redemption Island” and 2010 “Survivor” Hall of Fame Inductee
“What’s incredible about Cirie is how far she came from when she first started on “Exile Island.” The woman was afraid of the outdoors for crissakes! But she evolved into a stone cold killer who would have won “Fans vs. Favorites” had there not been so many injuries to other players (causing producers to abort the original final-three plan).” – Dalton Ross – Entertainment Weekly
Be sure to check back Wednesday and Friday to see the rest of the members of the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2011.
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