The Class of 2010 included Parvati Shallow, Russell Hantz, Rob Mariano, Richard Hatch, and Sandra Diaz-Twine. The Class of 2011 included Cirie Fields, Ozzy Lusth, and Tom Westman. The Class of 2012 included Amanda Kimmel, Rob Cesternino, and Ethan Zohn. Fairplay joins a class that also includes Kim Spradlin and John Cochran.
He said: "First of all; I would like to say thank you to my fellow Hall of Famers, press, and fans that chose to vote for me. To the others; I'm an acquired taste. It is an honor to be recognized as one of the greatest at what you do and I feel that I did "Survivor" best.
My dream as a little kid was to be the greatest "bad guy" wrestler of all time. That never exactly happened; I was a few vitamins short of the physique needed. I did however become the greatest heel in the history of reality television on the greatest show of the genre.
My experience on Pearl Islands is one of the most special moments of my life. For the record, my favorite episode is the one in which I voted out Rupert; not the "Dead Grandma" lie. However, the "Dead Grandma" lie was an incredible moment that captivated pop culture and changed my life forever.
I would like to personally thank: Lynne Spillman – for seeing me at the gas station that fateful day, CBS and Mark Burnett – for giving me the opportunity to be the "bad guy," Thunder D – for being a big enough scum bag to come through and lie with me to others during a very emotional Reward Challenge, my "Dead Grandma" – for staying alive, Rob Cesternino – for giving me the blueprint, and to all my other "Survivor" brothers and sisters – for giving me the greatest extended family anyone could ever ask for!
And a special thank you to everyone that makes "Survivor" what it is; you have honestly made me one the luckiest and happiest people alive! Thank you, you changed my life forever!