‘Survivor Edge of Extinction’: Who’s the Most Famous Player Returning?

When the 38th season of Survivor airs later this month, some of the cast members are bound to look familiar. That’s because several participants in Survivor: Edge of Extinction have previously appeared on the popular reality show. Who will be the most famous player to return? The answer may surprise you.

A new twist to the ‘Survivor’ rules

The newest edition of the Survivor franchise will feature a significant change in the usual game rules. In addition to being tested under extreme conditions in the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji, a new level of peril will be presented in the form of a purgatory-like island where contestants may opt to continue the game even after being voted the main island off by tribe mates. Nobody will know about the second chance unless they themselves have been voted out.

Who’s competing in Season 38

This season, 18 castaways will compete to outplay, outwit, and outlast each other in a bid to win a cool million bucks. Contestants will be divided into two teams of nine players each. Dubbed the Kama and Manu tribes, each tribal team will comprise seven first-time players along with two well-seasoned Survivor veterans.

This season’s newbies include a 38-year-old law student from Los Angeles and a 33-year-old news anchor from Macon, Georgia. A 19-year-old pre-med student from North Carolina and a 25-year-old small business owner from Bell, California are also slated to compete on the popular show. All of them will be fortunate to have a veteran player on their side.

Famous former Survivor players coming back in 2019

One of the most popular players to return is Ephrata, Washington native, Kelley Wentworth. When not testing her will and wits in a game of Survivor, the 31-year-old marketing manager enjoys dogs, photography, and weekend witchcraft. According to her bio at Global TV, Wentworth describes herself as expressive, independent, and stubborn. Last time she played the game, she survived for 38 days. This season, she will be on the Manu tribe.

On the opposite Kama tribe, Aubry Bracco will try again to persevere against tropical odds. Bracco’s previous appearances on the Kaôh Rōn and Game Changers seasons made the 32-year-old New Hampshire native all the more determined to win the title of Sole Survivor in Fiji. She describes herself as scrappy, persistent, and intuitive.

 “I love Survivor, and I don’t want Game Changers to be the end of my story. Season 34 was rough. Above all, I’m addicted to challenging myself, evolving, and saying ‘yes’ to the experience.”

44-year-old television writer David Wright will revisit Survivor on behalf of the Manu tribe with wisdom drawn from his almost-win on a previous season, Millennials vs. Gen-X. When not actively scrambling to save his skin in Fiji, Wright plays chess and fiddles with his 3-D printer. The self-proclaimed ‘bald nerd who needs a hug’ says he’s inspired by Star Trek’s Mr. Spock and is peeved by drivers who don’t use turn signals.

The most famous player to return to Survivor

From where we sit, Joe Anglim looks like the most famous former player to return to the show. Now 29 years old, the Arizona native was unforgettable in seasons Worlds Apart and Second Chance. Describing himself as able, adventurous, and adaptable, the multimedia artist will be in the Kama tribe and says that it’s been his lifelong dream to win the coveted title of Sole Survivor. Anglim has little patience for rude or aggressive people. When asked what he’d bring to the new season of Survivor, he replied, “brushes, paint, and a canvas to make some art.”

Why did uber popular Joe Anglim come back to play again?

“To win and have Jeff say the magic words of ‘Sole Survivor.’ Also, to prove that anything is possible and to never quit or give up on a dream.”

Catch the season premiere of Survivor: Edge of Extinction Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 8:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.