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…
Yesterday, we inducted Kim Spradlin into the Class of 2013…
And now, the “Survivor” Hall of Fame is proud to induct John Cochran into the Class of 2013. John received more Executive Committee votes than any other nominee.
We had a chance to speak with the newly crowned Hall of Famer to get his thoughts on this honor…
Gordon Holmes: The fans, production, the press, your peers…everyone’s loving them some Cochran. How does it feel to be considered one of the greatest players in the game’s history?
John Cochran: One of the greatest players in ‘Survivor’ history might be overstating it, but it’s an honor to be recognized like this. I’m first and foremost still just a huge fan of “Survivor,” so to have other fans respond positively to me is a great thrill and very gratifying. It’s also surreal to have “Survivor” icons like Cirie and Sandra, whom I’ve admired for so long, select me as a player they enjoyed watching. And to have the support of producers and challenge designers and the people who make “Survivor” what it is – well, it’s just a wonderful feeling!
Holmes: Your year has been beyond amazing. For those who haven’t heard, can you catch us up on what you’ve been doing since your win last spring?
Cochran: The day after the Season 26 finale, I got a call from Probst saying that Greg Garcia, the man who created “Raising Hope” and “My Name Is Earl,” had been watching “Survivor” all season long, thought I was funny, and was interested in meeting with me about possibly writing for his new CBS sitcom. A couple weeks later, I graduated from law school, moved out to LA, and now I’m a staff writer for “The Millers” (CBS Thursdays at 8:30!). Writing jokes for Will Arnett, Beau Bridges, Margo Martindale, and more? It’s a dream job, and it’s all because of “Survivor.”
Holmes: This new season is crazy town. How do you feel about all the twists and turns?
Cochran: I’ve been loving “Blood vs. Water.” The loved ones twist made the stakes feel so much higher for each vote, and Redemption Island really established itself as a legitimate factor in the game, instead of just being a detour on the way home. I also think it’s a testament to the quality of the season that, when I’ve asked people who they’re rooting for, viewers seem to have a variety of favorites; there’s a lot to like. It’s a great cast, a fresh twist, and there have been some really fun, exciting moments.
What the fans said about John…
“One of the few who really learned from his mistakes and improved his game.” – Sue
“(Cochran) expertly navigated a season with returners.” – Ryan
“Proof that nerds are sexy!” – Melissa
What the Executive Voting Committee said about John…
“He went from the “zero in 90210″ the first time he played — to the winner of “Fans vs. Favorites.” And yet, despite winning the game, his self-deprecation remains intact. If you congratulate him for winning, he’ll say “Yeah but it took me two times, so I can’t be that good.” You are that good, Cochran and you deserve a spot in the “Survivor” Hall of Fame.” – Host and Executive Producer Jeff Probst
“Cochran miraculously won 4 individual immunity challenges. His strategic and social game won him all the jury votes. If I ever play again, I wanna be just like Cochran and win an Immunity Challenge. He’s my hero.” – Sandra Diaz-Twine
“His superpower was not in his physical prowess, but in his intellect. He went from student of the game to master of the game, and along the way gave the audience an abundance of great sound bites, sage revelations, and hilarious insights.” – Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer
Be sure to check back Friday to meet the final member of the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2013.
Watch Full Episodes of “Survivor: Blood vs. Water.”