Fifty percent of the voting for the ‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame was based on the ballots of the Executive Voting Committee. This blue-ribbon panel consists of “Survivor” luminaries such as Host and Executive Producer Jeff Probst, Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer, Executive Producer David Burris, Producer Jesse Jensen, the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2010, members of the “Survivor” press corps, and XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” Guy Gordon Holmes.
The other fifty percent came from “Survivor” fans like you.
We had a chance to speak with the newly crowned Hall of Famer to get his thoughts on his induction…
How does it feel to be honored by a vote made up of your “Survivor” peers, the ‘Survivor’ production crew, the press, and the fans?
Tom Westman: Truly honored to have even been chosen as an inductee to the “Survivor” Hall of Fame. I have a lot of respect for some of the stand-out players in the game, and it is great to be considered in their company. I am proud to be a part of a production that has continued to set the bar for quality and entertainment in the reality TV world. One of the greatest compliments I have received came from a camera person who was not able to speak to us during the game, but connected once the final Tribal Council wrapped. He said that after 10 seasons, and 160 players, he had not seen anyone enjoy the experience more than me. I recognized how unique the situation was, and appreciated every moment. The game is exceptional on so many levels, and it is why I continue to be hooked on it today.
My experience with fans of the show has always been a pleasure. Every aspect of participating on “Survivor” has been positive. It has let me get to know some wonderful people. Many fans point out that it is one of the few shows that they watch as a family. This is true in my home as well.
What’ve you been up to since we last saw you on the show?
Westman: I retired from the FDNY in 2005 and entered the corporate world as a sales rep selling group benefits to corporations. It was a radical change in life style, but one that I have enjoyed.
What are your thoughts on “Survivor: South Pacific”?
Westman: I have been watching the current season, and feel it is one of the better ones. Interesting characters, great challenges, and plenty of drama.
What the Executive Voting Committee said about Tom…
“He was respected by his entire tribe who recognized his leadership abilities. Tom was a challenge dominator. His physical strength ensured several tribe and individual immunity victories, and he maintained integrity and loyalty to his alliance.” – Sandra Diaz-Twine – Winner of “Survivor: Pearl Islands” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains” and 2010 “Survivor” Hall of Fame Inductee
“He’s an all-around great player; physically, socially, and strategically. Everyone loved Tom because he truly is a great guy and a fierce competitor.” – Winner of “Survivor: Redemption Island” and 2010 “Survivor” Hall of Fame Inductee
“Tom is the Bruce Willis of ‘Survivor’—only more handsome and courageous. The New York City firefighter’s leadership, strength, indomitability, and integrity earned him the admiration of his fans and fellow Palau competitors, who gave him a million dollars—and top billing.” – Drusilla Moorhouse – E! Online
“Until Boston Rob on ‘Redemption Island,’ Tom had the most dominating season in ‘Survivor’ history in Palau when you factor in physical, social, and strategic gameplay. He led his tribe to an undefeated ass-whupping of the Ulong tribe, then coasted post-merge to the win. How the hell was he not in the original Hall of Fame class? Who’s voting on these things anyway?” – Dalton Ross – Entertainment Weekly
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