PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Auditions were held at the Rivers Casino for the upcoming season of “Survivor” Tuesday afternoon.

Wannabes were greeted by one of the show’s most popular former contestants.

Though Rupert Boneham failed in three attempts to win on the show, viewers voted him number one in a “Survivor” popularity contest. The prize was $1 million.

But is he really that nice?

Rupert broke the ice with those who waited.

“You can look at anything alive as food. Bugs, worms, grubs, snails, slugs. You will get that sticker, stick them on a stick. I leaned don’t eat them raw,” Boneham said.

He used much of his winnings toward his now 20-year juvenile mentoring program in Indianapolis called Rupert’s kids.

“We’re not trying to create angels. We’re trying to create workers,” Boneham said.

He played the game the way he lives his life.

“The game is set up to be mean. The game puts you in situations where you have to draw the line and see how far over that line you’re going to go. The same as it is in the real world out there. The same thing I teach my kids in my mentoring program,” Boneham said.

For more information about Rupert’s Kids, visit the official website here.


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