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Lisa Whelchel appears in a promotional photo for The Facts of Life. / Lisa Whelchel appears in a promotional photo for season 13 of Survivor. - Provided courtesy of NBC Universal / CBS / Monty Brinton
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"Facts of Life" alum Lisa Whelchel has signed on to compete on the 25th season of 'Survivor' in the Philippines.

Whelchel, who portrayed the snobby Blair Warner on the 1980s sitcom, says she is a longtime fan of the reality series, where 18 castaways compete for $1 million.

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A federal judge has rejected a request from "Survivor" alum Richard Hatch to make a reduced payment of $25 to the Internal Revenue Service in his tax evasion case.

Hatcher, 50, was convicted in 2006 of failing to pay taxes on the $1 million he received for winning the CBS reality show's first season, which aired in 2000 and famously saw him stripping naked in front of the contestants. He served three years in jail. In 2009, he was ordered to refile his taxes from the 2000-2001 year. A judge ruled he failed to do so and he was sent back to prison in March 2011.


Richard Hatch has been released from prison after serving nine months behind bars for failing to pay taxes on his $1 million "Survivor" prize and is already trying to develop a new reality show.

The 50-year-old was freed on Monday, December 12. He told the Associated Press, which carried the report, that he was "wrongfully imprisoned."

Richard Hatch appears in a 2011 promotional photo for The Celebrity Apprentice. - Provided courtesy of NBC

Richard Hatch has turned himself in to begin a nine-month prison sentence for failing to pay taxes on the $1 million prize he earned for winning the first season of "Survivor" in 2000.

Hatch currently appears on the fourth season of Donald Trump's reality show "The Celebrity Apprentice."


Richard Hatch, who is best known as the winner of the first season of "Survivor," is once again in legal trouble.

U.S. District Judge William Smith ruled on Monday that the former reality star violated the terms of his supervised release by failing to refile his amended tax returns, according to the Associate Press. Smith said he had not decided if he was going to sentence Hatch for more jail time. Instead, he delayed sentencing until he could receive additional arguments.

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Jud Birza is seen in this 2010 promotional photo for CBS reality show Survivor: Nicaragua. - Provided courtesy of CBS / Mark Burnett Productions

Jud Birza, a 21-year-old California student and model also known as "Fabio", recently won the 21st season of CBS reality show "Survivor", beating out Chase Rice, a 24-year-old former NASCAR driver from North Carolina and Matthew Lenahan, aka, "Sash", a 30-year-old New York real estate broker.

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