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Season 40 Cast Revealed


Who are the returning champions?

As previously revealed on Inside Survivor, for the landmark fortieth season, Survivor will be inviting back a cast of former winners for an epic champion of champions showdown. The cast recently left for Fiji and the season is set to begin filming soon.

Below are the 20 rumored cast members for Season 40 – with HUGE thanks to SurvivorsUnite for all his help.

Amber Mariano

40 · PENSACOLA, FL · ALL-STARS

Danni Boatwright

43 · TONGANOXIE, KS · GUATEMALA

Denise Stapley

48 · CEDAR RAPIDS, IA · PHILIPPINES

Kim Spradlin

36 · SAN ANTONIO, TX · ONE WORLD

Michele Fitzgerald

28 · FREEHOLD, NJ · KAOH RONG

Natalie Anderson

33 · EDGEWATER, NJ · SAN JUAN DEL SUR

Parvati Shallow

36 · LOS ANGELES, CA · MICRONESIA

Sandra Diaz-Twine

44 · FAYETTEVILLE, NC · PEARL ISLANDS, HEROES VS. VILLAINS

Sarah Lacina

35 · CEDAR RAPIDS, IA · GAME CHANGERS

Sophie Clarke

29 · WILSBORO, NY · SOUTH PACIFIC

Adam Klein

28 · SAN FRANCISCO, CA · MILLENIALS VS. GEN-X

Ben Driebergen

36 · BOISE, ID · HEROES VS. HEALERS VS. HUSTLERS

Ethan Zohn

45 · NEW YORK, NY · AFRICA

Jeremy Collins

41 · FOXBORO, MA · CAMBODIA

Nick Wilson

28 · WILLIAMSBURG, KY · DAVID VS. GOLIATH

Rob Mariano

43 · PENSACOLA, FL · REDEMPTION ISLAND

Tony Vlachos

45 · JERSEY CITY, NJ · CAGAYAN

Tyson Apostol

39 · HEBER CITY, UT · BLOOD VS. WATER

Wendell Holland

35 · PHILADELPHIA, PA · GHOST ISLAND

Yul Kwon

44 · CONCORD, CA · COOK ISLANDS

Season 40 will air on CBS in early 2020. Stay tuned to Inside Survivor for all the latest news!


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  • BobbyKe

    Love the cast, many I didn’t expect to be on like Ethan, Yul & Amber. Disappointed Todd isn’t on, he’s my favorite winner ever. Wish Adam & Ben weren’t on

    Overall they got great cast & got a very good mix of new & older winners

    • Mat TheQac

      Yeah, Todd should be there. He is my 3rd favorite winner (after Tony and Danni).

    • Science Badger DGaS

      I’d like to see Earl, but yep, Todd would be great.
      I think it would mess his life up though (hear he just got his shit together after a lot of drinking & drugs etc.)

    • charlie-z

      I don’t mind Adam, not because I am a fan (I am lukewarm about him) but mostlly because he is way younger than most of the veterans and it will imo bring interesting dynamics
      I can totally see someone like Rob and Tyson being annoyed by him and giving him hell in confessionals – yesss please ;-))

  • Blakely

    ethan? yul? AMBER?

    iconic cast.

  • Saintsfan720

    I hope this is true. An all winners season would be awesome!

  • I don’t care about S39. I need S40 in my eyeballs right now! The females are incredible and we get to see Yul play again. Thats enough for me. I just hope they keep it simple like HvV.

  • jim_e

    At least with everyone being veterans there will be a level field , no one saying it’s our turn they had their chance.

  • tAsti iScream

    Redmond can.you share.now.some Tees or.any stuff.regarding the casting process. How they arrived with the Final 20? Who were shortlisted? Who got cut and.why
    Who were the alternates
    Etc….

    For me i.think they can still.come.up.with a better 20 Casts. But ill roll.with what they decided.

  • Michael Davis

    I can’t believe they are letting Rob and Amber play on the same season.

    • Tommy Hernandez

      It will probably hurt their chances more than anything

    • Chai Mocha

      Why let a husband and wife play AGAINST each other

    • Phil Williamson

      I hope somebody redeems Lex van der Berghe and promises to save Amber for Rob and reneges…then Five-time Robbie can whine and quit.

    • Summer_Slay #FBayley

      Dude Rob needed like 40 seasons to win with all my respect they will probably both be gone bc they are gonna get targeted as a power couple. If anything im excited to see whats Amber gonna do.

  • Agent__Zigzag

    Not surprised that Heidik wasn’t included but am surprised no Hatch. Wonder why no Tina, J.T., Jenna M., S9 Chris, Earl, or Todd.

    • Mariana Rising

      Hatch is a bigger bag of wind and braggadocio than Russel Hantz. Plus he walks around naked and uses it against the women during challenges. Todd continues to struggle with his addictions. Tina lost her son in an auto accident, it wasn’t really recently, but it was in the past three years or so. Her heart may simply not be in it. Earl, last I heard of him, was insanely happy with a wife and a couple kids living the quiet life. The rest, I don’t know, maybe someone else does.

    • Phil Williamson

      Hatch is still in trouble with the IRS, not having paid property taxes in six years. Daugherty got in trouble with his job last time, probably not making that mistake again. J.T. was embarrassed in HvV and didn’t really redeem himself in GC, he’s too nice a guy to take the plunge again.

      • Agent__Zigzag

        Didn’t know about Chris & Richard Hatch situations. Read somewhere that CBS could be concerned regarding Hatch’s conduct during All Stars S8 towards Sue Hawk in light of the #metoo movement.

    • hawk_941

      I would love to have seen Earl.

  • drewman2014

    I’m glad that they finally brought Yul back. He’s such an underrated winner. I’m surprised not to see Mike. Plus, I am so relieved not to see Richard Hatch or Aras.

    • Donnie Johnson

      Love Yul.

      • hawk_941

        Yes! Very nice guy and underrated winner.

        • Science Badger DGaS

          Odds-on favorite in my opinion. Then Denise, Wendell, Adam, Sarah, Sophie, Natalie (good players without too much rep. Example of the counter: Kim. Too much rep.)

    • yeltra

      I would imagine they’ve tried to get Yul before now. This is just the time that he agreed. With Yul’s brains and Kim’s power of persuasion, they would make a hell of a team.

  • george luminario

    Rooting for Danni, Denise and Natalie

  • This will be the best Survivor season describing about all-winners edition. The one thing I haven’t watched those seasons are following where I had/have not seen in my TV screens: Redemption Island, South Pacific, One World, Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, Ghost Island and David vs. Goliath.

    Wow, no Nicaragua and Caramoan representations in this game.

  • Mr. Robot

    Really happy with the female cast, although I’m surprised that Jenna and Tina are not on.
    Pretty bummed that Hatch, Tom and Todd are not on. I think they would have been better picks than Ben, Nick and Wendell. Oh well, can’t complain too much. They are actually doing an all winners season!!!! Super excited!

    I think the winner will not be one of the big personalities though. I could easily see Sophie or Michele find their way to Final 3.

    I really hope that either Kim or Parvati wins it.

    • Phil Williamson

      Hatch is in more trouble, not having paid property taxes in six years…Todd is probably not healthy enough to play…Westman doesn’t need it anymore.

    • Science Badger DGaS

      Earl had a premature baby or he’d be my top pick/2nd pick after Yul. I’d put him in for Ben. I like Ben, but he didn’t “win” precisely, and he’s out of his league here.

      My thinking is the calm corporate type with no recent rep will have a very big edge. Hmmmm, maybe I should have made some room for Denise at the top. HUGELY underrated winner, though she may not have the physical edge she once did. Adam’s probably a bargain in pools. He’s got a good shot. Natalie too.

  • Whistler

    I just hope a Mariano gets voted out first. Shame they didn’t add a easy first male vote out. Chris??

  • Kirsten Doyle

    Ugh. We have to put up with Rob and Sandra for two seasons in a row? I think I’m going to pass on Survivor for a while.

    • Donnie Johnson

      I feel the same

    • Karel Zich

      LOVE them both, but it’s definitely weird to use them on 2 seasons in a row

  • Domisa

    If I have to watch Sandra Diaz one more time, I’m going to pull my hair out! I can’t stand her…

    • Cristian Quinn

      If I have to read another anti-Sandra comment from you on another article on this website I’m going to pull my hair out…

      • jim_e

        What channel will I be able to see that show of stupidity on?

  • q10

    thx for the info!
    looking forward to this season! Would’ve been interested to see them apply extinction island to this season, but I think it won’t ever return..

  • matthew reed

    this has got to be the single oldest cast in the show’s history, but I’m still very excited

    • Ryan Neilson

      It actually isn’t quite, but won’t be far off it. Nicaragua holds the title at 38 for an average age, but this is sitting at 37.8.

    • Jonathon

      Second Oldest after Nicaragua

  • DAJ

    I would have switched out Amber with Jenna Morassca. I guess it was in Rob’s contract that Amber had to play.

  • DAJ

    I would switch out Amber for Jenna Morassca. I guess it was part of Rob’s contract that Amber be cast, too.

  • Ryan Marcil

    Top Tier: Adam, Ethan, Natalie, Nick, Rob, Tony, Wendell
    Like: Ben, Denise, Jeremy, Kim, Parvati, Sarah
    Neutral: Amber, Michelle, Sandra, Yul
    Dislike: Sophie, Tyson

  • Kai Lei

    Whoo hooo! It is ON! Can’t wait for this season.

  • drewman2014

    I would’ve liked to have seen Mike and Cochran come back. I’m not a huge fan of Tony or Tyson, but I can handle them together over both Richard and Aras competing together.

  • disqus_xgqwYLPWib

    Faves: Sophie, Natalie, Sandra
    Like: Parvati, Michele, Tony, Adam, Nick, Rob, Tyson, Wendell
    Neutral: Amber, Danni, Denise, Kim, Ethan, Jeremy, Yul
    Dislike: Sarah, Ben
    (I don’t hate Sarah and Ben lol overall I love this cast!)

  • Fritz Tubes

    1. Seasons 13, 28, and 29 are represented by two Original players. It will be very interesting to see the gameplay of these six. Parvati and Yul were in two opposing alliance; Tony voted Sarah out; Jeremy and Natalie were in a very strong partnership.
    2. All past Season 30 Winners are in except for Chris.
    3. Probst is wrong. I like the female cast.
    4. Not a fan of Cochran but pretty surprised that he wasn’t cast.
    5. Very Happy to see the winners of all my favorite seasons with the exception of Palau. (Pearl, Micronesia, Villains, Philippines, Cagayan, Second Chance, Millenials, and Davids)
    6. There are four original players from Seasons 1-10, and 4 winners from 11-20, so Survivor All Eras are kinda well-represented.
    7. With all these Alpha personalities, savvy Strategists, and very enthusiastic winners, I can easily see Adam, Nick, Sophie, Denise or Wendell winning this season.
    8. Oh my, Is this really happening?

    • Science Badger DGaS

      Cochran’s got a job that’s probably keeping him.

      Add Yul to #7 & you have a good set of picks.

  • Gary Johnson

    Let’s go, DANNI!!!

  • Tommy Hernandez

    Amazing, of course they could have done it better but still, they managed to make an all-winners season!! My only hope is that there are not thousand of advantages, they are supposed to be good players, let them play! And they would be the first annoyed by too many twists.

  • Karel Zich

    OH MY GOD THIS LOOKS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!
    I can’t believe it.
    Amber??? Rob??? Parvati??? Yul!!! Tony!!! Tyson!!! Ethan??? Natalie!!! Kim!!!
    But why on earth would there be Sandra and Rob in S39???
    That couldn’t make less sense imo….. :///

    • Matt Racine

      personally it’s rob and sandra overkill. wish they saved that twist for later or used two different idols.

      • Karel Zich

        I have to say if there are 2 players who I can maybe tolerate on 2 seasons in a row like this, it’s actually Rob and Sandra 🙂
        but Sandra was already very prominent on Game Changers, I hope even she doesn’t get a little old.
        then again, Season 40 is going to be SO stacked that it might not matter that much in the end.

    • hawk_941

      Someone I know guessed that they might tie in the S39 twist with S40, leaving Sandra and Rob out there the whole time.

      • RedHead0186

        Interesting, that would be a twist for sure. From what I heard Sandra and Rob got to come back with the S39 cast and then left again with the S40 cast.

  • Gary Johnson

    Tyson actually lives in Mesa, AZ now.

  • Kim from Texas

    I am sad to see that Tina and T.J. are not on this list.

  • Kim from Texas

    I know that John Cockran is a big television writer, but I wished he were part of this cast.

  • Dennis Chenier

    I’m going to go ahead and predict a Michele, Adam, Nick final 3. All the bigger guns will take each other out.

  • Donnie Johnson

    Bringing back Rob AND Amber is kinda bs. couldav brought back Vecepia,

  • Chai Mocha

    Rob and Sandra? I like them but they had their time.

  • Summer_Slay #FBayley

    For some reason i wanted Tina and Natalie White back i feel like one is very stubborn and the other needs to redeem herself since people give her she only won bc they didnt want Russel. And i actually really like Nat.

    Im really excited for some of these people and how are they gonna play.
    Amber needs to stnad her own since pretty much Rob carried her to the final in All starts.
    Danni never saw her season im excited to see how shes gonna play.
    Kim or Parvati who is gonna come on top.
    Sandra clearly gotta stay a queen.
    Wendell and Sophie i feel like they gonna be very colected players and they are the ones to watch.
    Sarah always like her. She proved herself in her 2nd season.
    Ive alwahys wanted Yul back now that Parv is also there i cant wait to see what is gonna happen.
    And Nat and Michelle are also 2 to keep an eye on.

    I cant stand Tony and Rob. I just hope neither of them win. Tony thinks hes a smart a$$ and knows everything but Sandra showed him good. And Rob is just so arrogant at placed i just wanna change the channel.

    • Ben Dover

      Please proofread your comments before posting so that you don’t come off sounding like an ignorant moron.

  • Summer_Slay #FBayley

    I cant wait ugh.

  • Jackie

    I figured that Rob had come back because he went quiet on Social Media for a while. He usually posts a lot on there.

  • Malc

    Hey Redmond. Now that we know the cast, will you launch the Dream Tribe Game shortly (instead of next February) so that we can avoid spoilers?

  • Thank God there’s no Cochran.

    Wish Todd and Brian would’ve been cast. Would love to see them play again.

    Surprising not to see Mike in here, but I don’t mind his absence.

    • yeltra

      Brian received some bad press, will never be asked back.

  • Faizzakka Prasetyo

    Interestingly they have 4 villains cast from season 20. Sandra, Parvati, Tyson, and Rob.

  • Nolan Russell

    Disappointed that Earl won’t be on considering he was apparently in the running for Game Changers so I really expected him to make the cast; I think he would have been a real contender and I have always considered him a super underrated winner. I also would have loved to see Todd, Tom, Fabio, Chris D., Rich, and Brian but I didn’t expect any of them for various reasons. I think the female cast is pretty good overall, I wouldn’t have minded seeing Tina, Vecepia, or Natalie White, but also wasn’t super disappointed they won’t be on.
    My dream cast would have been
    Males:
    Rich
    Brian
    Chris D.
    Tom
    Yul
    Earl
    Todd
    Fabio
    Tony
    Wendell

    Females
    Tina
    Sandra
    Amber
    Danni
    Parvati
    Sophie
    Kim
    Denise
    Natalie A.
    Sarah

    I also would have been happy with JT, Tyson, Boston Rob, or Jeremy for the males, or Vecepia, Natalie W. or Michelle for the females.

  • Mano Tihin

    so if Sandra doesn’t win – she will have to share her double crown with eventual winner (yessss – go Parvati!!!)

    • Taylor Griffin

      I would argue Sandra’s double win will be slightly more “clean” than whoever wins this season, just because the nature of this season guarantees a two time winner (unless of course Sandra wins again). While Sandra had a “winner target” her second time and STILL won.

  • RedHead0186

    I’m a more recent Survivor fan (Millennials vs. Gen X was my first season). I’ve heard of many of these people, but haven’t seen them play. I’m excited, I think it’ll be really interesting!

  • April Norton

    Still bummed there’s no Richard Hatch.

  • Axel

    Go Sandra #3

  • Jonathan Husk

    Seeing this, I really hope they do winners vs runner ups one day. Or even a all runner up season would work too.

  • Science Badger DGaS

    Who’s the favorite y’all?
    Denise? Yul?

    Really hard to tell since we don’t know the relationships outside of game (I don’t anyway.)

  • Juliana Brady

    Boston rob two seasons in a row?!?!? y’all got me hyped now! As much as I love rob and amber I am shocked they are on the same season bc I feel like it is nearly impossible for them to win 🙁 but I mean it is Boston rob, arguably the best survivor player ever, so we will see

  • Alex

    Rob in double seasons! This is a gift from survivor gods and as much as some of you don’t like him he is arguably the best survivor out there! Also gonna be interesting to see his and Ambers game play here, hopefully it doesn’t hurt them too much.

    • Science Badger DGaS

      Rob isn’t even the best Survivor on Season 39.
      He basically had a scripted win handed to him (though he played the part well.)
      I also give him credit for “winning” All-Stars, but

      gimme a blank season with blank players & no history, Sandra’s probably 1 in 4 or 5 to win. Rob? More like 1 in 6 or 7. That’s REALLY good, but he ain’t making it much past the merge in a lot of modern seasons. Classic 7th place boot, backstabbed by allies the turn before he starts playing idols.

      Edit: mmmm, Sandra might get f’d by the fire making now. Not sure, but prob have to downrank her over that. Ironically rob gets downranked on that too. He’s gotta go early, and modern players are a LOT better. Victoria is BOOTING Rob’s ass, oh yes. As would Wendell, Adam, etc.

  • Ben Dover

    Parvati home now, sharpening her fangs. Go Parv!!

  • coastal_66

    for the most part, I think the field of women is outstanding. as far as men, I’d like to have seen Earl and Chris over men who’ve already played multiple times. Ethan is a gift, though.