|“||Coming to you live, from my apartment, it's Rob Has a Podcast!||”|
–The RHAP opening spiel
The series began in 2010, with Rob and his then-fiancée (now wife) Nicole recapping Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, doing exit press with the eliminated castaway(s) of the week, as well as having former contestants as guests who share their thoughts about the recent episode. Supplementary off-season podcasts are also available in between seasons.
RHAP eventually branched out to cover several strategic reality television series such as Big Brother, The Amazing Race, their domestic counterparts, as well as Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, RuPaul's Drag Race, American Ninja Warrior, Top Chef, and The Circle. RHAP also covers scripted television series such as The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and House of Cards.
With Nicole's transition to motherhood, Survivor Know-It-Alls debuted in 2012, with Rob being joined by former Survivor: Tocantins (and later Survivor: Cambodia) contestant Stephen Fishbach, under the premise that they know everything about Survivor except how to win it. The series, recorded live immediately after the episode airing, features a discussion of the strategy, characters, and new game developments. The series continued coverage of the subsequent seasons and has been positively received, frequently placing in the Top 10 Entertainment Podcasts on iTunes.
The Wiggle Room/The Wandoff
Rob and Josh Wigler began a podcast called The Wiggle Room where they also recap the recently concluded episode of Survivor. Beginning from Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, the segment called The Wandoff where listener-submitted parody songs related to the events of the previous week's episode which listeners can vote for to be part of "The Final Wandoff" at the end of the season. The name originated from Survivor: Palau contestant Wanda Shirk who was known to sing made-up songs during her short time in the game.
Top 20 Players of All Time
Miss Survivor and Mr. Survivor
In 2011, the show launched a beauty pageant competition for former female Survivor castaways. As of 2012, only castaways who competed in a season aired in the last calendar year were eligible for the competition. Parvati Shallow won the inaugural crown, and RC Saint-Amour won in 2012. In 2014 Andrea Boehlke won the title of Miss Survivor. As well the added a Mr. Survivor which Malcolm Freberg won. In 2015, Spencer Bledsoe and Natalie Anderson were crowned Mr. and Miss Survivor.
In 2012, Rob launched a Survivor-themed game of Jeopardy! The show quizzed former contestants who identified as 'superfans' on their Survivor trivia. Colton Cumbie ultimately won against Sarah Dawson and Spencer Duhm.
Reality GameMasters is a web series created by Rob Cesternino and Alex Forstenhausler that pits strategic players from both Survivor and Big Brother against each other in a game of Risk. The show was shot in the style of a reality show and was released in the summer of 2013. John Cochran (South Pacific and Caramoan), Sophie Clarke (South Pacific) and Stephen Fishbach (Tocantins) represented the Survivor series as competitors. Former Survivor contestants Andrea Boehlke (Redemption Island and Caramoan), Billy Garcia (Cook Islands), and RC Saint-Amour (Philippines) also made appearances in the web-series, while Entertainment Weekly writer Dalton Ross co-hosted the show. In the game, the three Survivor players teamed up to take out the Big Brother contestants, yet Cochran managed to take out both Sophie and Stephen to ultimately win the game.
Fan Favorite Player of the Season
Voting is open one week before the season finale, and the podcast listeners can vote until the day of the finale when the result is announced at the Survivor Know-It-Alls podcast of the episode.
In Survivor: San Juan del Sur, Natalie Anderson beat out Jeremy Collins and Josh Canfield, who placed 2nd and 3rd respectively, in a runaway victory of 49% over their 10% and 9%. According to Rob, it was the highest percentage of all Fan Favorite winners. She is the first Sole Survivor to also win the RHAP Fan Favorite.
|Fan Favorite Player of the Season|
Vytas & Ciera
Tony & Tasha
Jeremy & Josh
Survivor Top 40 Countdown
At the end of 2020, Rob had his listeners vote and rank the 40 seasons of Survivor based on their enjoyment of the season. Starting in January 2021, Rob rotated an assortment of roundtable guests to discuss one season each week, starting with the season ranked at #40 and counting down to #1.
|Survivor Top 40 Countdown|
In 2012, Rob Has a Podcast won "Best Entertainment Podcast" in the 8th Podcast Awards. Prior to the win, Rob dared to shave his head if he wins the award, much to Nicole's objections.
In 2013, RHAP won "Best Produced Podcast" and "Best Video Podcast" in the 9th Podcast Awards.
In 2015, RHAP won "People's Choice" and its second "Best Entertainment Podcast" in the 10th Podcast Awards.
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