A brand new twist allowed Ben Driebergen to escape elimination and win “Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers” on Wednesday’s finale. However, not everyone on Twitter was thrilled with the jury’s decision to hand more than $1 million to Driebergen, when his final competitor, Chrissy Hofbeck would have won under different circumstances.
Hofbeck won Season 35’s final immunity challenge and received a note telling her that instead of voting someone out — as per usual — she’d bring another player with her and two more would have to duke it out in a fire-making challenge to advance in the game. This meant that Driebergen was most certainly about to lose the game, because the other players were ready to vote him out. But the twist allowed him to fight contestant Devon Pinto in the competition, as Hofbeck brought Ryan Ulrich with her.
Driebergen beat Pinto, then played three immunity idols in a row and won the game even when everyone was planning to vote him out, as the jury thought those accomplishments were worth $1 million. Fans on Twitter were quick to point out Chrissy had won the last three immunity challenges and even tied the record for most individual immunity wins (four) by a woman on “Survivor.”
Comparisons were made to Hillary Clinton losing to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, along with many other pointed jabs at the game being rigged.
“Chrissy losing to Ben is Hillary vs. Trump all over again … the more qualified female with a proven track record lost against an abrasive loudmouth who got to the end simply by dumb luck,” one user tweeted. “i’m 5000% done.”
Of course, there were people who sided with Driebergen too, cause that’s the way life goes.
See the best reactions to the “Survivor” finale below.
Chrissy losing to Ben is Hillary vs. Trump all over again … the more qualified female with a proven track record lost against an abrasive loudmouth who got to the end simply by dumb luck. i'm 5000% done. #SurvivorFinale #Survivor #SurvivorHHH @TheRealChrissyH pic.twitter.com/qPPFQHRpqM
— Drew Boehmker (@IfUSeekDrew) December 21, 2017
— Stephanie Divin (@s_dizzles) December 21, 2017
Have no social game, win nothing, and just walk around finding Idols. Is that how to win survivor now? #SurvivorFinale
— Kevin M (@kukblue1) December 21, 2017
I appreciate Ben's backstory, but everybody has a personal story on why they think they should get the money, that doesn't make you the best player. Chrissy deserved to win. #SurvivorFinale
— kadiyow (@kadiyow) December 21, 2017
— Josh Kirkland (@JKIRKLANDD) December 21, 2017
Chrissy: won 4 challenges, controlled a majority of 7 early on, had the entire premerge in her palms, dragged Ryan and JP along, was intelligent, and called "unstoppable" by Probst himself
Ben: needed twists rigged in to save him and HE WAS A MARINE :OOOO#SurvivorFinale
— kesha (@TeaByKesha) December 21, 2017
#SurvivorFinale Once again an incredibly strong, brilliant, kind, woman looses to a whining, unfriendly, unfit man who remains in the game because he dug up idols. When will we ever accept a woman who is completely superior? #chrissyshouldhavewon
— Laurie Cashmore (@libminded) December 21, 2017
— Jason Bess (@jason_bess) December 21, 2017
I was totally rooting for Ben, but this feels a little rigged. ???? is he really that deserving to win? Im conflicted on this. #SurvivorFinale
— Janelle Pierzina (@JanellePierzina) December 21, 2017
Stop saying it was rigged for Ben when every immunity was puzzled based or something set up for Chrissy that took no strength #SurvivorFinale
— steve (@Strous1Steve) December 21, 2017