'Survivor' Winner Named; 'Boston' Rob Mariano Wins $1 Million Prize
In perhaps no surprise to fans, "Boston" Rob Mariano was named winner of Survivor: Redemption Island on Sunday night.
Mariano beat fellow finalists Phillip Sheppard and Natalie Tenerelli to take home the $1 million prize. The Survivor alum dominated the game by winning four individual immunity challenges and controlling his tribe throughout the entire season.
"For my money, in 22 seasons, that's as close to a perfect game as anyone has played on Survivor," host Jeff Probst said during the live finale.
Mariano also took home the $100,000 fan favorite award, with 40% of the vote vs. runner-up Matt Elrod's 36%.
Mariano played the game a record four times, and he told the Survivor: Redemption Island jury that it would be his last.
He met his now-wife, Amber Brkich, in 2003 when both were competing on Survivor: All-Stars, which she went on to win over Mariano, who also was in the final two. They also competed on a season of CBS' The Amazing Race.
Brkich and their two children were in the audience for the live announcement Sunday night.
He recently signed on to co-host Around the World in 80 Ways, a travel-adventure series set to premiere later this year on History.