Denise Stapley Wins Survivor: Philippines

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Denise Stapley has a huge new check to take home to Iowa.

The sex therapist earned the reality show's grand prize last night, as she was voted the winner of Survivor: Philippines over fellow finalists Michael Skupin and Lisa Whelchel, the latter of whom kept her identity as a former Facts of Life star secret from all but two castaways.

Survivor: Philippines Trio

Stapley managed to play on all three tribes throughout the season, surviving every one of the tribal councils. She referred to the victory as "life-changing."

Whelchel, meanwhile, was voted by fans as the Sprint-sponsored Player of the Season, winning $100,000 in the process.

As for Season 26? Survivor: Caramoan will feature 20 contestants, 10 returning favorites and 10 fans, squaring off once again for a million bucks. Watch the official preview now:

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Go Denise glad you kicked Malcombs ass! He was the fav until he kept his idol for his Mommy instead of giving it up for his alliance and that's why he didn't win or wouldn't have received one vote! Denise is the only player that truly out witted , played and lasted!