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Checking In on the 18 Survivor Winners Who Skipped Season 40


While Todd expressed interest in returning during a Reddit AMA last year–saying “Of course i’d play again! A winners season would be rad or a winners vs. runners up”–the winner of Survivor: China is not one of the 20 castaways.

But after his win in 2007, Todd publicly struggled with alcoholism, appearing as a  frequent guest on the Dr. Phil Show. He made headlines in 2017 when he alleged to Stat and The Boston Globe that the producers of the show supplied him with alcohol and Xanax before carrying him out onto the stage during his infamous 2013 appearance, when he blew a .5 on a Breathalyzer test. (He appeared again in 2016, revealing he had relapsed.)

A rep for the show denied the claims, telling E! News, “The Stat article does not fairly or accurately describe the methods of Dr. Phil, the TV show, or its mission to educate millions of viewers about drug and alcohol addiction. The show does not give drugs or alcohol to its guests and any suggestions to the contrary is errant nonsense. “

Now sober, Todd is engaged and planning a November 2020 wedding. On the day of the season 40 premiere, he wrote on Instagram, “I may not be battling it out in winners at war but I’m so beyond grateful to be a part of this amazing show!”

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