Tom leaves firefighting job to become a motivational speaker

Survivor Palau winner Tom Westman is leaving his job as a New York City firefighter as of August 4. Tom, who’s been on leave since he won the show in May, “has hired an agent and hopes to become a motivational speaker, mining leadership skills he honed as one of New York’s Bravest,” the New York Daily News reports.

Tom has spent his time since the show lobbying Congress and guesting on The Bold and the Beautiful, among other things. But now, after 20 years as a firefighter, he says, “My wife felt 20 years and out was the smart way out of this.”

‘Survivor’ winner leaving FDNY [New York Daily News]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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