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'Survivor: Philippines' names winner and fan favorite

By Kristen Spicker,

Another season of "Outwit, outplay, outlast" ended Sunday as the Survivor: Philippines finale aired, featuring the million dollar winner.

The show’s final four, consisting of Malcom Freberg, Michael Skupin, Denise Stapley and Lisa Whelchel, was whittled down to three after the elimination of Freberg, with Stapley eventually claiming the title of the reality competition’s 24th sole survivor.

Stapley, a 41-year-old sex therapist from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received six of the eight jury votes, with Skupin and Whelchel each gaining a tally.

Stapley’s favor amongst the judges was apparent when jury member Jonathan Penner told the winner, “You shared with me once that the one thing you were afraid of being seen as was a bitch. You can rest assured that you have now shown the world that side,” according to Entertainment Weekly’s Inside TV.

Whelchel, a former Facts of Life star, received the fan favorite vote and the $100,000 prize that comes with the title, beating bartender Freberg by less than one percent of the vote.

Now that the million dollar question is answered, what does Stapley plan to do with her winnings?

"I'm going to take my time and breathe, and then make a lot of decisions," she said to The Hollywood Reporter. "My husband and I are going to sit down and make a lot of decisions. We have a 9-year-old daughter who, first and foremost, needs a college fund that is fully loaded and taken care of. We've got nieces and nephews. I mean $1 million in Iowa could be really life-changing. We just want to take our time."

 
 

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