Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on October 13, 2002

On the show Survivor, does everyone win money or just the runner-up and winner?
—Mary Jane H., Tennessee

Everyone who participates in the show goes home with some cash. The first contestant to get kicked off receives approximately $2,500, and the amount climbs to $100,000 for the runner-up. But if you break the rules, you go home with nothing. Survivors can't conspire to share the million-dollar top prize, for example. They can't break the law—neither U.S. law nor the law of the land where the game is set. They can't damage the environment where they play. They can't harm the other players, steal food, enter the production area—where the crew stays while filming the game—and they can't miss a tribal council. The fourth round of Survivor was filmed in Thailand and is airing on CBS.