CBS Announces the 3 Returning Castaways Who Will Join the Tribes on 'Survivor: Philippines'

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August 22nd, 2012

via press release:



Michael Skupin (“Survivor: Australian Outback”), Jonathan Penner (“Survivor: Cook Islands” And “Survivor Micronesia – Fans vs. Favorites”) And Russell Swan (“Survivor: Samoa”) Return For The First Time Since Being Medically Evacuated From The Game

CBS announced today that three former Survivors – Michael Skupin, Jonathan Penner and Russell Swan – will join the 15 previously announced castaways in three separate tribes on SURVIVOR: PHILIPPINES. The Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 25th season with a special 90-minute edition, Wednesday, Sept. 19 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.


After being medically evacuated from the game, these Survivor all-stars return to finish what they started and for one more chance at the million dollar prize.


  • · Michael Skupin – SURVIVOR: AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK (2001). First-ever medical evacuation on the series due to severe burns received after passing out into a fire from smoke inhalation on Day 17.


“You don’t want to leave. The longer you are here, the longer you want to stay here. And it’s not even about winning as much as playing. The winning will be anti-climatic. The playing is where it is for me.” – Skupin, before being airlifted off the island.


  • · Jonathan Penner – SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA - FANS vs. FAVORITES (2008). Medical evacuation due to knee infection on Day 15.


“I can only recommend for the sake of his leg and his life that he leave the game now. He needs hospital treatment. It is not going to get better. It will only get worse.” – Dr. Jessica Sartini, while diagnosing Penner during the game.


  • · Russell Swan – SURVIVOR: SAMOA (2009). Medical evacuation due to dehydration on Day 15.


“It was the scariest moment I’ve ever had on this show. In 19 seasons, I have never been more afraid in my life of how bad things were. Russell was in terrible shape.” – Jeff Probst, during the Tribal Council following Swan’s evacuation.


Surrounded by water, SURVIVOR: PHILIPPINES will prominently feature marine-based challenges. For the first time in over eight years, castaways are divided into three tribes, with the winning and second-place tribes granted immunity, while the third-place tribe heads to Tribal Council and faces an elimination.


Full list of castaways competing on SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC (in alphabetical order):



Sarah Dawson Abi-Maria Gomes Malcolm Freberg

Age: 28 Age: 32 Age: 25

Silver Spring, Md. Los Angeles Hermosa Beach, Calif.

Insurance Sales Business Student Bartender


Katie Hanson Roberta “RC” Saint-Amour Zane Knight

Age: 22 Age: 27 Age: 28

Newark, Del. New York Danville, Va.

Former Miss Delaware Investment Banker Tire Repair


Jeff Kent Artis Silvester Angie Layton

Age: 44 Age: 53 Age: 20

Austin, Texas Terry Town, La. Provo, Utah

Retired MLB Player Computer Engineer Student


Dana Lambert Michael Skupin Roxanne “Roxy” Morris

Age: 32 Age: 50 Age: 28

Winston-Salem, N.C. White Lake, Mich. Brooklyn, N.Y.

Cosmetologist Seminary Student


Jonathan Penner Lisa Whelchel Denise Stapley

Age: 50 Age: 49 Age: 41

Los Angeles Dallas Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Former TV Teen Star Sex Therapist


Carter Williams Peter “Pete” Yurkowski Russell Swan

Age: 24 Age: 24 Age: 45

Shawnee, Kan. Holmdel, N.J. Glenside, Penn.

Track Coach Engineering Graduate


SURVIVOR: PHILIPPINES is hosted by Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst and produced by SEG, Inc. Mark Burnett, Jeff Probst and David Burris are executive producers and Leisa Francis is co-executive producer.


  • Jeff (Canada)

    YESSS! No Colton! I can actually watch the show this season!

  • Survivor Fan

    Rating Prediction for Survivor 25: 3.02 average (down 10% vs. 23 or up 7% vs. 24).

  • theatrebear

    Agree Jeff. I was freaking that Colton would be back. I wouldn’t have watched the season in that devil’s spawn had been in it.

  • Christian

    I don’t watch Survivor but I do watch Big Brother and this ‘bringing back former players’ must be a CBS mandate if both shows are doing it repeatedly. Yuck!

  • asd

    Ufff… I was very afraid about Colton. Good to know is out. This season looking very interesting without him :)

  • Fed

    If the Season is above 3.0 and 10 million i will be happy. And Survivor doesn’t compare in the same league as Sh*t Brother.

  • Doug in CA

    Too bad Colton isn’t coming back. Would have made for an more interesting show than these three guys.

  • Ricky

    Thank God Colton isn’t back. Stupid trashy nasty asshat. Although I do have to wonder – would they have grouped him up with another tribe full of lemmings who would give up immunity just to fulfill his bigoted agenda?

  • NEK38583

    This shocked me. I thought the whole reason they did this was to use it as a way to bring Colton back. So, I am shocked. I bet something was up; either he didn’t want to come back, or he didn’t pass the medical exam this time, or etc.

  • Don

    Yeeeey Philippines. My beloved country.

  • TomSFBay

    So glad that Colton isn’t returning. He was worse than Russell Hantz.

  • Adam

    Penner’s a third-timer… boring…

  • Spencer

    Thank God no Colton. I think the producers were just trying to scare us into thinking he was going to come back by saying their bringing back people who were medically evacuated. Maybe the producers actually thought of bringing him back and that’s why they did the ‘bring back medically evacuated players’ thing but before they finalized their final picks for the game they saw that Colton was not too… should I saw it…popular….among the viewers, to say the least. Also can someone even do 2 seasons of survivor in a row? Because when do they film it? Whatever, as long as he will NEVER come back, I will keep on watching.

  • kp

    This mess is still on TV. Why?

  • Survivor Fan

    @ Spencer

    Colton could have done this season. They filmed Survivor: One World in July and August, 2011 and this season in March and April, 2012. He had to attend the One World finale in May, 2012.

    By the way, Russell Hantz did two seasons in a row with only a two week break between them. Stephenie LaGrossa, Bobby Jon Drinkard, Amanda Kimmel, James Clement, and Rupert Boneham have all also done two seasons in a row.

  • Jonathan Javillo

    We Hope to watched the Survivor Philippines return’s this September will be aired on CBS and Global television,see you next month.

  • Takesi Akamatsu

    I saw this and said… WTF…

    Former TV Teen Star Sex Therapist

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