Swimsuit photographer and Spokane Valley native Troy Robertson lost his bid to become the next reality TV millionaire but managed to build an international fan base along the way.
Robertson, a 1979 graduate of Central Valley High School now living in Miami, survived 30 days on the competitive reality TV show “Survivor.” He was the 11th player voted off the island in an episode that aired Wednesday night.
“Words cannot express how much I appreciate all of your support throughout this whole season of Survivor,” Robertson wrote on the social media website Facebook, where a fan page in his honor had been created. “You guys are the best.”
In interviews with the show’s producers, he explains he was disappointed that he didn’t win the final prize but pleased he survived 30 days.
“It was my dream to win,” said Robertson, who went by “Troyzan” on the show. “I mean, I’d been waiting so many years. I wasn’t angry. My immediate focus was food.”
Robertson lost 15 pounds during his month of competition in the remote tropical setting.
Some of his fans already have begun lobbying CBS to consider bringing Robertson back for a potential all-stars edition of the reality show.
Below is a CBS video following Robertson’s trip back to civilization: