December 20, 2007 |
Denise Martin, who gained fame as the lunch lady on CBS' reality show "Survivor: China," is donating the $50,000 she received from producer Mark Burnett to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Martin told viewers on Sunday night's live finale that she'd been demoted to janitor at a school in Douglas, Mass., after finishing fourth on the show. After hearing her story, Burnett surprised Martin with the money to help get her life back.
December 19, 2007 |
A school lunch lady who gained fame as a contestant on CBS' reality show "Survivor: China" wasn't telling the truth when she claimed during Sunday's season finale that she'd been demoted to janitor, her boss says. Denise Martin of Douglas, Mass., finished fourth in the competition, missing out on the $1-million grand prize. "They didn't give me my job back," Martin, 40, said during the live broadcast. "I'm a janitor now. I clean the toilets. I wash the floors in the bathrooms.
September 30, 2006 |
On Thursday night, following a protracted battle with negative press, the continued indifference of participating contestants and a presumed bout of soul-searching, CBS brought the grand race experiment on this season's "Survivor" to an abrupt, unsatisfying end. It was one week old (three weeks in TV time). Not halfway into the season's third episode, the show's race-based tribes were dissolved, with no preceding fanfare, and no explanation.
September 13, 2006 |
The president of the NAACP, who is also a CBS Corp. board member, said Tuesday that this season's premise for the broadcaster's hit series "Survivor" -- separating contestants by race -- was "a bad idea." But Bruce Gordon added that a resulting furor about the concept had gotten out of hand, and was out of proportion to the show's significance amid more important issues facing minorities, both in the entertainment arena and in society at large.
September 8, 2006 |
"Survivor" host Jeff Probst on Thursday aggressively defended this season's twist of initially dividing teams along racial and ethnic lines, denying that controversy over the concept had caused several prominent sponsors, including General Motors, to drop out of the series. In a media conference call promoting the Sept. 14 season launch of "Survivor" on CBS, Probst said he understood the initial discomfort by politicians and others who have criticized this season's format.
August 31, 2006 |
General Motors Corp. has ended its sponsorship of CBS' hit series "Survivor," but the world's largest automaker said Wednesday that the decision had nothing to do with the reality show's decision to divide its contestants by race and ethnicity. GM spokeswoman Ryndee S. Carney said the company made the decision in the normal course of making its media buys months ago, before the show made its announcement. "I think it's just a coincidence. I know it's not cause and effect," Carney said.