How Survivor Winners Have Spent, Saved or Wasted Their $1 Million Prize
The flight attendant ended up taking home the $1 million prize during Survivor: China and planned on seeing the world with it, but he publicly struggled with alcoholism after his time on the CBS reality hit.
A frequent guest on the Dr. Phil Show, he made headlines in 2017 when he alleged to Stat and The Boston Globe that the producers of the show supplied him with alcohol and Xanax before carrying him out onto the stage during his infamous 2013 appearance, when he blew a .5 on a Breathalyzer test. (He appeared again in 2016, revealing he had relapsed.)
A rep for the show denied the claims, telling E! News, “The Stat article does not fairly or accurately describe the methods of Dr. Phil, the TV show, or its mission to educate millions of viewers about drug and alcohol addiction. The show does not give drugs or alcohol to its guests and any suggestions to the contrary is errant nonsense. “
During his Reddit AMA in 2018, Todd said, “I’m grateful in a lot of ways for the show [Survivor]. For getting me help in the nicest places in the country. That’s a gift right there. There are some things about the show that I don’t like, and that I don’t think are real. … I should have been in the hospital, in that sense. There should not be liters of vodka in my dressing room.”
Following his win in 2007, Todd, who once dated fellow castaway Spencer Duhm, became a waiter in Orlando, telling People in 2012, “Customers say, ‘I know you from somewhere,’ but I never tell them from where. They’re gonna leave a lousy tip if they know I won a million dollars.”
Now “happy and sober,” Todd revealed in his Reddit AMA that he manages a movie theater.