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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