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Jeremy Collins is the Sole Survivor of Survivor: Cambodia. He originally competed on Survivor: San Juan del Sur, and later on Survivor: Winners at War.

Jeremy was a major physical and strategic threat from the outset of San Juan del Sur. He helped his tribe win five out of six pre-merge Immunity Challenges, and helped to orchestrate the blindside of Drew Christy at the only Tribal Council he attended during that time. He then struck first against his strategic rival Josh Canfield after the merge, sending him to the jury, only to be blindsided himself at the following Tribal Council due to the threat he posed.

Returning for Cambodia, Jeremy developed a more aggressive but honest playing style. In a season characterized by paranoia and constantly shifting voting blocs, Jeremy was able to maintain steady control of the overall action of the game through his timely use of two Hidden Immunity Idols, his low-key but enduring partnership with Spencer Bledsoe, Stephen Fishbach, and Tasha Fox, and his perfect execution of a "meat shield" strategy in which he disguised the seemingly obvious threat he posed by aligning with physical threats such as Andrew Savage and Joe Anglim. His effective control of the game eventually allowed him to reach the Final Tribal Council with Spencer and Tasha, where he became the Sole Survivor in a unanimous vote.

Jeremy returned as one of twenty Sole Survivors competing in Winners at War. Despite losing his San Juan del Sur ally Natalie Anderson early on, he managed to work his way into a comfortable position on the Sele tribe after the new-school players took control. Following the tribe switch, Jeremy was initially at a numerical disadvantage, but soon found himself in the majority. His position worsened at the merge where his allies, with the exception of Michele Fitzgerald, flipped and joined the majority alliance as Jeremy was seen as a threat to win the game. After using his Safety Without Power advantage to save himself, Jeremy was spared at two consecutive Tribal Councils due to last-minute scrambling, but was eventually voted out at the final seven. He failed to win the second return challenge on Day 35, finishing in 8th place.


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Name: Jeremy Collins (36)
Tribe Designation: TBD
Relationship to Significant Castaway: Val's husband
Current Residence: Foxboro, Mass.
Occupation: Cambridge Firefighter
Personal Claim to Fame: I am proud of making it to the professional indoor football league without playing college football.
Inspiration in Life: My mom because she helped raise seven children while my dad worked. I don't know how she didn't lose anyone and she fed and put clothes on our backs – not to mention the amount of laundry she had to do.
Hobbies: Basketball, working out, fantasy football and coaching my daughters.
Pet Peeves: One-uppers and know-it-alls.
3 Words to Describe You: Athletic, straight forward and smiley.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be? 1) Bracelet from my daughters. 2) Pictures of my daughters. 3) Picture of my mother.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: I always liked JT and James but I think Tyson (the third time he played) is similar to how I would have played.
Reason for Being on Survivor: The million dollars but I also feel my personality, body type and mind set is perfect for this game.
Why You Think You'll "Survive" Survivor: I will help out around camp gathering wood for fires or shelter and getting coconuts. I will also be a monster at physical challenges.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I believe my whole make up is prime for this game. I don't need to eat much, I am athletic and I am likeable. I also can make people feel like I like them even if I don't which will help in blindsides.

What Does It Mean to You to Play Survivor with Your Loved One? Playing with my loved one would be stressful and emotional. I know it is going to be tough out there and I will worry about my wife being hungry, cold and tired.[1]

Name: Jeremy Collins
Season 29
Survivor: San Juan del Sur
Current Age: 37

Hometown: Foxboro, MA[2]

Hometown: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Current residence: Foxboro, Massachusetts
Previous seasons: Survivor: San Juan del Sur (Season 29); Winner of Survivor: Second Chance (Season 31)
Occupation: Firefighter
Hobbies: Coaching my kids, working out, playing basketball, and fantasy football.
Pet peeves: Road rage, inconsiderate/selfish people, and people who talk to me when watching movies.
Three words to describe you: Easy going, loving, and emotional.
When did you first watch Survivor? Season 1, Episode 1.
Do you still watch Survivor? Every episode. I am a casual watcher now, it used to consume me and I would take notes on every episode.
Who is your inspiration in life? My family. I want my kids to grow up looking up to me and being proud to call me dad.
What does Survivor mean to you and your family? It is the only show on television that is suitable and entertaining for everyone in the family. Survivor night is a chance for the family to slow down a hectic schedule and just hang out for one night.
What is one way playing Survivor changed your life? Emotionally—it brought me closer to my wife and kids. When you miss the ones you love, you appreciate them more. Financially—it helped me put away for my children's future.
As Survivor approaches Season 40 and celebrates 20 years on television, what does it mean to be a part of the legacy? I'm in awe that I am considered for such a monumental season. After Season 31, I pulled away from being a super fan and just enjoyed the show as a casual viewer but the thought of going out there for the GREATEST SEASON EVER gives me chills and I want to cement my name as one of the greats.

How will you play differently than you have in your past seasons? Let's just throw out my Season 29 performance... that never happened. I will look to add to my Season 31 game plan. I will keep my meat shields but I will add mind shields and social shields to give me a broader pool of players to align myself with. With this broader pool, I will continue with voting blocs and keep alliance paranoia on 100! I want to take it all in. I feel my last experience was a whirlwind and I forget a lot of experiences. This time I want to try and take some time to enjoy this last go-round.[3]


San Juan del Sur[]

Jeremy started the game on Day Zero with his wife, Val Collins. The next day they were split: Jeremy was designated to Hunahpu, and Val was assigned to Coyopa. When Jeff Probst then announced there would be a Hero Duel, Jeremy eagerly volunteered for the opportunity, not knowing his opponent. When Jeff explained he would compete against his wife - the loser going to Exile Island - Jeremy was ready for the challenge. He got out to a fast start in the challenge and never let up, winning soundly and sending Val to Exile; he then chose Keith Nale from his own tribe to join her based on his profession.

Hunahpu was dysfunctional for much of the pre-merge but were buoyed by their challenge dominance. He did, however, visit Exile Island with John Rocker during the second episode, as he was chosen by Julie McGee. There, John promised he would do what he could to protect Val back at Coyopa. However, Val bluffed too hard, claiming she had two idols. John's plan to save her revolved around her playing an idol - an idol she didn't have. Val was voted out on a revote at that Tribal Council.

On Day 7, Jeremy saw his wife had been voted out and forced John to confess to his tribe that he had tried to save Val, leading to John's ouster the next day. Hunahpu then visited Tribal Council for the first time on Day 10 after Drew Christy threw the Immunity Challenge. Jeremy voted with the women of his tribe, blindsiding Drew 5-2-1-1.

After the tribe switch, Jeremy remained on Hunahpu with his allies Natalie Anderson and Julie, but they were outnumbered by the alliance of Josh Canfield, Reed Kelly, Alec Christy, and Wes Nale. Luckily, they didn't lose any Immunity Challenges after the switch. They did, however, have to trade most of their belongings for a new supply of rice, as they had overeaten and were entirely out of food.

After the merge, two factions arose: Jeremy's alliance, including Julie, Natalie, Baylor Wilson, and Missy Payne; and Josh's, including Reed, Alec, Wes, and Keith. This left Jaclyn Schultz and Jon Misch as the swing votes. On Day 18, it seemed as if Josh had successfully roped in Jon and Jaclyn, and they were targeting Jeremy. However, he was spared by the fact that his ally, Julie, quit.

In the next episode, Jeremy won his only individual Immunity Challenge, narrowly defeating Josh. Some chauvinistic comments and actions by a member of Josh's alliance - namely, Alec - offended Jaclyn, causing her and Jon to flip over to Jeremy's alliance. They successfully voted Josh out on Day 21, 6-5.

The next day, Jeremy won the Reward Challenge, but along with Natalie opted to give their respective rewards to Jon and Jaclyn as repayment for their votes the night before. Jon returned the favor by sending Jeremy to his second stint on Exile Island. There, he realized that Jon, the previous inhabitant, had found the Hidden Immunity Idol.

Baylor won immunity on Day 24, and Reed, sensing he was in trouble, scrambled to shake up the vote. He found Keith's Hidden Immunity Idol clue in his bag and brought it to the attention of some of his tribemates. However, what ultimately changed the tribe dynamic was Jeremy's confronting Jon about his possession of an idol, which Jon denied. Jon then rallied together Jaclyn, Baylor, Missy, and Reed to vote Jeremy out. They did so successfully, eliminating the Foxboro firefighter, 5-3-2, to become the second member of the jury.

At Final Tribal Council, Jeremy made a speech advocating for Natalie, praising her as the best player of the season. Jeremy voted for his former ally Natalie to win, which she did, 5-2-1.

Episode Tribe
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out? Result
1 Hunahpu Man in the Box Reward/Hero Duel No Won
Temple of Syrinx Immunity No Won
2 Parallel Universe Reward/Hero Duel Yes Won
Sumo at Sea Immunity No Won
3 Sunset Grill Reward/Hero Duel Yes Lost
Game of Throw-Ins Immunity No Won
4 Tromp Stomp Reward/Hero Duel Yes Won
The Cruel Sea Immunity Yes Lost
5 Shakedown Street Immunity No Won
6 More Than a Feeling Reward/Hero Duel Yes Won
Flips, Flops, & Flags Immunity No Won
Tribes Merged, Day 16
7 Huyopa Take the Reins Immunity Lost
8 Long Road to Ruins Reward No Won
My Poor Brain Immunity Won
9 Shake It Off Reward Won1
The Game is Afoot Immunity Lost
Voted Out, Day 24
^1 Jeremy gave up his reward to Jaclyn.

Episode Jeremy's
Voted Against
1 Hunahpu Tribe Immune
2 Hunahpu Tribe Immune
3 Hunahpu Tribe Immune
4 Drew -
5 Hunahpu Tribe Immune
6 Hunahpu Tribe Immune
7 No Tribal Council
8 Josh Individual Immunity
9 Keith Baylor, Jaclyn,
Jon, Missy, Reed
Voted Out, Day 24
Voted for
Sole Survivor


Jeremy was chosen by public vote from thirty-two candidates to compete on the "Second Chance" season, Survivor: Cambodia.

Jeremy was a part of the Bayon tribe. After hitting the beach, he immediately formed alliances with Andrew Savage, Keith Nale, Joe Anglim, and Tasha Fox. His intention was to surround himself with shields in the form of more vocal players such as Andrew and physical threats such as Joe. On Day 5, Andrew told the tribe a heartfelt story about how he met his wife and this made everybody cry. After the story, Jeremy left the shelter so that he could be alone. He then stated in a confessional that his wife was pregnant with their third child, so he was playing for them. Jeremy always remained on Bayon even after two tribe switches, and they won nearly all the Immunity Challenges.

After the first tribe switch, he formed a bond with original Ta Keo member Spencer Bledsoe. On Day 9, he found a clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol and found the idol during the Immunity Challenge. After Bayon lost their first, and only, Immunity Challenge, Jeremy and his allies Stephen Fishbach and Monica Padilla agreed to vote out original Ta Keo Kelly Wiglesworth. However, Kimmi Kappenberg told him that Monica tried to start an all-girls alliance, which infuriated him. As a result, at Tribal Council, Jeremy, along with Kimmi and Stephen, voted together to blindside Monica.

The tribes officially merged with 13 players remaining. Jeremy's alliance was the majority alliance over Kass McQuillen and Ciera Eastin's minority alliance. Despite being in the majority alliance with most of the original Bayons, plus Spencer and Kelly, the multitude of intertwining relationships as a result of the tribe switches resulted in everybody creating temporary voting blocs to take out common threats. Jeremy was able to find his second Hidden Immunity Idol and played it on Stephen during the final ten Tribal Council, thus sparing Stephen from elimination and blindsiding Ciera. However, Stephen was voted out at the next Tribal Council. With eight players remaining, they got to meet their loved ones. Jeremy met his wife Val Collins (whom he competed with as her loved one previously in San Juan del Sur), and she told him that they were going to have a boy. However, Jeremy stated in a confessional that he was not going to tell anyone, believing that it could jeopardize his game.

With six players remaining, Jeremy was in the majority alliance that consisted of himself, Spencer, Tasha, and Kimmi. However, Kimmi jumped ship to Keith and Kelley Wentworth's side. Spencer and Tasha warned him about Kimmi possibly flipping, but Jeremy did not believe them. At Tribal Council, both Jeremy and Kelley played their idols, each negating the three votes against them. This was the first time in Survivor history that no votes did count for anybody at Tribal Council. Jeremy, angry that Kimmi voted against him, decided to vote against her at the revote. He skipped to the voting booth and happily voted against her, which angered the jury. However, both Tasha and Kimmi were tied with three votes each. Then Jeff asked them if anyone was willing to change their votes and all of them said no. Afterwards, Jeff gave Jeremy, Spencer, Kelley, and Keith Nale two minutes to decide whether they were going to send either Kimmi or Tasha home. Otherwise, both would become immune, and Keith would be eliminated by default. Jeremy and Spencer still wanted to eliminate Kimmi. Consequently, both Kelley and Keith then decided to eliminate Kimmi, sending her to the jury so that Keith wouldn't get voted out.

After the Tribal Council, Kelley won the final five Immunity Challenge. Back at camp, Jeremy whispered to Keith to vote out Spencer. At Tribal Council, Keith did not put out the fake idol Kelley gave him, and Jeremy stayed loyal to Spencer and voted against Keith, sending him to the jury. Later, Jeremy won the Final Immunity Challenge. Despite having an alliance with Spencer and Tasha, he very briefly considered taking Kelley to the end. However, Jeremy decided almost right away that he was going to vote out Kelley. At Tribal Council, Jeremy pretended that his vote was up in the air. In response, Spencer threatened to vote for Kelley to win and sway the jury to vote for her as well, if Jeremy were to vote him out. As planned, he honored his alliance with Spencer and voted out Kelley, making her the final member of the jury.

At the Final Tribal Council, Jeremy was praised by Stephen for his loyalty and playing with honor and integrity. However, Andrew criticized him for skipping and being arrogant during Kimmi's elimination, and Kimmi chastised him for replacing her with Spencer in their alliance. When Kelley asked the finalists what their second chance was about, Jeremy said that he was doing it for his family, including his unborn son, and that he struggled with keeping his wife's pregnancy a secret for the entire game. Ultimately, the ten jurors voted for Jeremy, making him the Sole Survivor of Survivor: Cambodia, and the fourth person to win by a unanimous jury vote.

Episode Tribe
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out? Result
1 Bayon The Marooning Reward No Lost
Quest for Fire Reward/Immunity No Won
2 Yank Yer Hank Reward/Immunity No Won
3 Draggin' the Dragon Immunity No 2nd
4 Stomp-ede Reward No Lost
Blind Leading the Blind Immunity No 1st
5 In the Barrel Reward No Lost
Air Raid Immunity Yes Lost
6 Slip n' Slide Reward No Lost
Cambodian Catering Immunity No Won
Tribes Merged, Day 17
7 Orkun Hard to Handle Immunity Lost
8 Boats, Brains, and Brawn Reward Lost
Take the Reins Immunity Lost
9 Styx Reward No Lost
Bermuda Triangles Immunity Lost
10 Basket Brawl Reward Lost
Ballin' A Jack Immunity Yes1 Lost
11 Folklore Reward Invited
The Game is Afoot Immunity Lost
12 Jungle Love Reward Lost
Over-Extended Immunity Lost
13 Pole Dancing Reward Lost
Floatsam & Jetsam Immunity Lost
14 Step on Up Immunity Lost
Giant Tick Immunity Lost
Simmotion Immunity Won
Sole Survivor, Day 39
^1 Jeremy elected to sit out of the challenge to help his tribe win a new shelter.

Episode Jeremy's
Voted Against
1 Bayon Tribe Immune
2 Bayon Tribe Immune
3 Bayon Tribe Immune
4 Bayon Tribe Immune
5 Monica -
6 Bayon Tribe Immune
7 Ciera -
8 Kelley1 -
9 Kelly -
10 Ciera -
11 Joe -
12 Joe -
13 Abi-Maria -
14 Kelley;
Keith, Kelley, Kimmi;
Keith -
Kelley Individual Immunity
Jury Votes
for Jeremy
Abi-Maria, Andrew, Ciera, Joe, Kass,
Keith, Kelley, Kelly, Kimmi, Stephen
Sole Survivor, Day 39

^1 In "You Call, We'll Haul", Kelley used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Jeremy's vote against her.
^2 In "Lie, Cheat and Steal", Jeremy used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 3 votes against him. Also, Kelley used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Jeremy's vote against her. Because Jeremy and Kelley both used Hidden Immunity Idols and negated all the votes cast at Tribal Council, a vote restart was held between all the non-immune players. This vote ended with a 3-3 tie between Kimmi and Tasha, forcing a consensus tiebreaker. Jeremy did not change his vote on the tiebreaker.

Winners at War[]

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Episode Tribe
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out? Result
1 Sele Marooning Reward/Immunity No Lost
Blue Lagoon Bustle Immunity No Won
2 Draggin' the Dragon Reward/Immunity No Lost
3 Along the Watch Tower Reward/Immunity No Lost
4 Beyond the Wheel Reward/Immunity No Won
Switched Tribes, Day 12
5 Dakal Block in a Hard Place Immunity No 2nd
6 Rice Race Reward/Immunity No Lost
7 Ball-istic Missiles Reward1 No Lost
Dishwalla Immunity No 2nd
Tribes Merged, Day 19
8 Koru Get a Grip Immunity Won
9 New School Reward No Lost
Bermuda Triangle Immunity Lost
10 A Bit Tipsy Immunity Lost
11 Chain Reaction Reward2 Lost
10-Foot Pole Immunity Lost
12 When It Rains Immunity Lost
13 Running Down a Dream Immunity Lost
Voted Out, Day 31
14 Koru Don't Call It a Comeback Re-entry Lost
Eliminated, Day 35
^1 An unaired Reward Challenge was held on Day 17.
^2 An unaired Reward Challenge was held on Day 26.
^3 Michele shared her reward with Denise.

Episode Jeremy's
Voted Against
1 Adam -
Sele Tribe Immune
2 Danni -
3 Ethan -
4 Sele Tribe Immune
5 Dakal Tribe Immune
6 Denise1 -1
7 Dakal Tribe Immune
8 Wendell Individual Immunity
9 Adam -
10 Safety Without Power2
11 Sophie Ben, Denise, Sophie
12 Kim Denise, Kim, Michele
13 Ben Ben, Nick, Tony
Voted Out, Day 31
13 On Edge of Extinction
Eliminated, Day 35
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In "Quick on the Draw", Denise used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Jeremy, but did not negate any votes against him. Also, Denise used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Jeremy's vote against her.
^2 In "The Full Circle", Jeremy used a Safety Without Power advantage, granting him immunity, but at the cost of his vote.


  • In July 2015, Jeremy's wife Val Collins revealed on her Twitter account that she was pregnant with their son who was due to be born in December.[4]
    • Val gave birth to their son Remy Bodhi Collins on December 21, 2015.[5]
  • Jeremy and Val attended the wedding of Jaclyn Schultz and Jon Misch on August 16, 2015.[6]
  • Jeremy, along with Joe Anglim, appeared in an episode of The Young and the Restless on January 27, 2016.[7]
  • Jeremy, along with eight other former castways competed on a Survivor edition of The Price Is Right primetime special that aired on May 23, 2016.[8] Jeremy and his partner, Matthew, did not make it up on stage.[9]
  • Jeremy, along with Caleb Reynolds, Joe Anglim, Kelley Wentworth, and Woo Hwang, competed on the series premiere of the game show Candy Crush, which premiered on July 7, 2017.[10]
  • On June 16, 2017, Jeremy and Val welcomed their fourth child and second son, Lenyx Kai.[11]
  • Jeremy and Val attended Stephen Fishbach's wedding on June 9, 2018.[12]
  • In 2024, Jeremy competed on the third season of The Traitors.[13]


  • Jeremy was one of three firefighters who competed on San Juan del Sur. The others were tribemate Keith Nale and his son Wes Nale.
  • Jeremy and Val Collins are the only couple in San Juan del Sur to be married during the time of filming.
  • Jeremy is the lowest-placing Huyopa member to win individual immunity.
  • Jeremy lost 19 lbs. during San Juan del Sur.[14]
  • Jeremy is the only person to compete in a Hero Challenge twice.
  • Jeremy and Kelley Wentworth are the second and third castaways in Survivor history to have both votes cast by and cast for them negated by Hidden Immunity Idols at the same Tribal Council.
    • The first was their fellow San Juan del Sur and Cambodia castaway Keith Nale, who achieved the feat in San Juan del Sur.
  • Jeremy is the third Black winner of Survivor, following Vecepia Towery and Earl Cole. They would be followed by Wendell Holland and Maryanne Oketch.
    • Both Earl and Jeremy won their seasons in a unanimous jury vote.
  • Jeremy is the fourth winner to win in a unanimous jury vote, following Earl Cole, J.T. Thomas, and John Cochran. They would be followed by Adam Klein.
  • Jeremy is the 31st person in the US version to be named Sole Survivor by air date, but going by film date this feat goes to Michele Fitzgerald in Kaôh Rōng.
  • Jeremy is the first Sole Survivor to have only won the Final Immunity Challenge and no other individual Immunity Challenge on the season they won.
    • However, he did win an individual Immunity Challenge in San Juan del Sur.
  • Jeremy is the first man to win a season featuring only returning players. He would be followed by Tony Vlachos in Winners at War.
  • Jeremy is the only winner to win the Final Immunity Challenge in an all-returning season.
  • Jeremy is the second firefighter to win Survivor, following Tom Westman in Palau.
  • Jeremy lost 30 lbs. during his time on Cambodia.[15]
  • Jeremy is the third Survivor contestant to win individual immunity in three different seasons, following Rob Mariano and Andrea Boehlke.
  • Jeremy is the first contestant to obtain, and by extension the first to use, the Safety Without Power advantage.
  • Jeremy lost 24 lbs. during his time on Winners at War.[16]
  • Jeremy and Sarah Lacina are the second and third players, following Rupert Boneham, to vote for the same person to win Survivor in two different seasons.
    • Jeremy is the first player to vote for the same person to win twice, but not vote successfully on both occasions.


Preceded by
Worlds Apart
S30 mike t
Mike Holloway
Sole Survivor Titleholder
S31 jeremy t
Jeremy Collins
Succeeded by
Kaôh Rōng
S32 michele t
Michele Fitzgerald
Survivor: San Juan del Sur Castaways
S29 alec t
S29 baylor t
S29 dale t
S29 drew t
S29 jaclyn t
S29 jeremy t
S29 john t
S29 jon t
S29 josh t
S29 julie t
S29 keith t
S29 kelley t
S29 missy t
S29 nadiya t
S29 natalie t
S29 reed t
S29 val t
S29 wes t
Survivor: Cambodia Castaways
Ta Keo
S31 abimaria t
S31 andrew t
S31 ciera t
Ta Keo
S31 jeff t
S31 jeremy t
S31 joe t
S31 kass t
S31 keith t
Ta Keo
S31 kelley t
Ta Keo
S31 kelly t
S31 kimmi t
S31 monica t
Ta Keo
S31 peihgee t
Ta Keo
S31 shirin t
Ta Keo
S31 spencer t
S31 stephen t
S31 tasha t
Ta Keo
S31 terry t
Ta Keo
S31 vytas t
Ta Keo
S31 woo t
Survivor: Winners at War Castaways
S40 adam t
S40 amber t
S40 ben t
S40 danni t
S40 denise t
S40 ethan t
S40 jeremy t
S40 kim t
S40 michele t
S40 natalie t
S40 nick t
S40 parvati t
S40 rob t
S40 sandra t
S40 sarah t
S40 sophie t
S40 tony t
S40 tyson t
S40 wendell t
S40 yul t