Rodger W. Bingham is a contestant from Survivor: The Australian Outback.
He is primarily remembered for his father-daughter relationship with Elisabeth Filarski.
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Like his parents, grandparents and great-grandparents before him, Bingham was born, raised and continues to make his home in Crittenden, Kentucky. Married for over 33 years to his wife, Patricia, his proudest accomplishment is their daughter, Angela. Bingham studied education at Eastern Kentucky University where he received a bachelor's degree of science for industrial education and a master's degree in education. In addition to teaching industrial arts to students at Grant County High School, Bingham is a part time farmer and real estate investor. Previous occupations include ten years as Chief Executive Officer of a bank, owner of a lumber company and owner of a hardware store. A self-described workaholic, Bingham is also inventive, diligent and able to adapt to different situations and personalities. He is an elder at the Crittenden Christian Church and a member of the local Sportsmen Club. His birth date is July 5, 1947.
Despite his age, Rodger was able to help out at camp by using his knowledge in construction to help build a shelter for Kucha on Day 1. On the second day, he tore out a few pages from his luxury item, a bible, to help make fire. While doing so he found a personal note from his son-in-law inside wishing him the best of luck and to try his best.
His tribe lost the first Immunity Challenge, and he was on the chopping block because of his age. However, Debb Eaton and Jeff Varner were both trying to get the other voted off, and that took the pressure off of Rodger. He voted unanimously with the rest of his tribe against Debb.
The Reward Challenge on Day 4 proved difficult for Rodger. It involved jumping off a cliff and swimming. Rodger had just learned to swim before coming on the show and was terrified of heights. He performed in the challenge anyway, but dragged his team behind, letting Ogakor win the blanket reward. His tribe won the next three Immunity Challenges though, saving him from almost certain elimination.
When Kucha lost their next Immunity Challenge, Rodger was saved from elimination because of Kimmi Kappenberg's attitude and not bonding with the tribe. After the merge he formed a close bond with Elisabeth Filarski, a sentimental father-daughter relationship that saw Rodger do his best to make sure Elisabeth was not targeted by the rest of the tribe. This eventually cost him when in the final five as Rodger asked the tribe to vote him off instead of Elisabeth because of the bond they shared and he thought Elisabeth needed the money more. This worked when Rodger was voted out at the next Tribal Council, becoming the fifth jury member.
|Rodger's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|2||Kucha Tribe Immune|
|3||Kucha Tribe Immune|
|4||Kucha Tribe Immune|
|6||No Tribal Council|
|Voted Out, Day 36|
| Voted for|
^1 In "The Merge", the vote ended with a 5-5 tie between Colby and Jeff, forcing a revote. Rodger did not change his vote on the revote.
- After Survivor, Rodger was honored by the leaders of the Commonwealth on Feb. 20th in the Legislature and the Governors Office in February 20, 2001.
- In May 2001, the cast of The Australian Outback appeared on Hollywood Squares for Survivor Week. Rodger himself appeared in three episodes on the 15th, the 17th where he shared a square with Elisabeth and the 18th.
- On January 9, 2010, Rodger attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.
- In May 2013, Rodger reunited with his Outback daughter figure castmate Elisabeth Hasselbeck when he made an appearance on The View.
- Rodger is the oldest contestant on The Australian Outback.
- Rodger is the first contestant from Kentucky.
- His tribemates and Jeff Probst gave him the moniker "Kentucky Joe".
- Rodger was the second contestant who had brought a bible as his luxury item, the first one being Dirk Been from the previous season.
- Rodger, along with fellow The Australian Outback castaway Maralyn Hershey, were the first Survivor castaways to compete on the show who were born in the 1940s.
- When Ogakor was speculating which castaway was evacuated in "Trial by Fire", several members of the tribe (Jerri Manthey in particular) believed that Rodger had a stroke.
- Rodger was shortlisted for Survivor: All-Stars and Survivor: Guatemala.
|Survivor: The Australian Outback Castaways|