A strong social player, Wendell formed a long-term alliance with Domenick Abbate on the original Naviti tribe. After the switch, they linked up with Malolo members Donathan Hurley and Laurel Johnson, and the four would gain control of the game shortly after the merge. He defeated Angela Perkins at the fire-making challenge to secure himself a spot at the Final Tribal Council, where both he and Domenick ended up tied with five jury votes each, marking the first time in Survivor history where the jury vote ended in a tie. The second runner-up, Laurel, then cast the deciding vote in Wendell's favor, making him the Sole Survivor.
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Age: 33 Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Current residence: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Occupation: Furniture Company Owner Hobbies: Playing basketball, traveling, creating something from nothing. Pet peeves: People who aren't open-minded despite facts/logic/new information, people that overuse the word "honestly," and not being in control of my destiny. Three words to describe you: Witty, intelligent, and competitive. What's your personal claim to fame? I left a comfortable job in the legal field to pursue my dreams. Who or what is your inspiration in life? My family. I'd do anything for them or to make their lives better. If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? First, my brush to take care of my beautiful beard and fro. Second, a chainsaw so I can make building things a lot easier, and finally, a sketchbook so I can doodle, draw, and write. Which Survivor contestant are you most like? I think I'd play the game like Jeremy Collins because I'll always keep my heart in the right place, but I'll still be a serious competitor and threat. What's your reason for being on Survivor? I've been a big fan for a while, and I've always wanted to push myself to the limits and see if I can really survive. Oh yeah, I'm playing for the million bucks, too. That would really help things. Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? I'm good with people and likable. I'm very diplomatic and can connect with people from different walks of life. I'm also not the biggest and strongest looking person, though I can compete with the best of them. That will get me past the first few votes. Then, my athleticism and skill at puzzles will help me win challenges when it becomes an individual game. Finally, my persuasive skills in front of a jury will win me the million. Boom.
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Current residence: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Previous season: Winner of Survivor: Ghost Island (Season 36) Occupation: Furniture Designer Hobbies: Playing basketball, traveling, and playing with my niece and nephew. Pet peeves: When you ask someone to take a picture and they take dozens of the exact same photo. Three words to describe you: Determined, inspirational, and loving. When did you first watch Survivor? Season 18 – Survivor: Tocantins. Do you still watch Survivor? Yes. Who is your inspiration in life? My parents are my inspiration. What does Survivor mean to you and your family? To me, it is a decade-long dream turned into reality. My family saw it as one of those crazy dreams of mine, and they supported it with curiosity. When they realized how serious I took Survivor, and that I was pretty good at it, they threw their full support behind me. For that, I'm super grateful. What is one way playing Survivor changed your life? It made me much busier. I give more talks, travel more, and give back more than I had before. Before I made lots of custom furniture for Beve Unlimited and traveled a little for deliveries. Now I still make lots of furniture, but I'm traveling globally for other sorts of opportunities, as well. As Survivor approaches Season 40 and celebrates 20 years on television, what does it mean to be a part of the legacy? The best season ever was the 10 year anniversary: Season 20, Heroes vs. Villains. This will be yet another huge season: Season 40, Winners At War, the first all-winners season. To be a part of it, I'm part of the Survivor legacy, and that's something that I've always wanted to accomplish. So I'm just humbled, honored, and grateful to be out here again. How will you play differently than you did in your past season? Last time I was playing for a lot of people back home. I wanted to play it safe to represent well for my family, community, and loved ones back home. I wanted to leave something my little cousins and my niece and nephew could see and be proud of. They have that; I did that. This time I want to loosen up a bit and have some fun out there. Backstab a little bit, and talk even more trash. Shoot at some big dogs, and pull some tricks out. Maybe even do some things that are out of character. Let's see who's out here to really play the game.
Angela, Chelsea, Donathan, Kellyn, Laurel,4 Sebastian
Sole Survivor, Day 39
^1 In The Sea Slug Slugger, Michael used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Wendell's vote against him. ^2 In The Finish Line Is in Sight, the vote ended with a 2-2 tie between Laurel and Michael, forcing a revote. Wendell did not change his vote on the revote. ^3 In Always Be Moving, the vote ended with a 3-3 tie between Donathan and Kellyn, forcing a revote. Wendell did not change his vote on the revote. ^4 In It Is Game Time Kids, the jury vote ended with a 5-5-0 tie between Wendell and Domenick. Per the rules, the second runner-up, Laurel, joined the jury and cast the deciding vote.
Winners at War
Wendell's Voting History
Voted Against Wendell
Wendell plans to use his prize money to further expand his furniture business and pay off his student loans.
Wendell was nominated for the 44th People's Choice Awards for The Competition Contestant of 2018.