<I>Survivor:</I> A Crowd In 2nd Place

Wayne Watson explains how a bag of popcorn would "whoof" when opened, releasing steam and flavor, during an interview at his home in Centennial, Colo., Wednesday night, Sept. 5, 2007. Wayne Watson, a 53-year-old furniture salesman is convinced his heavy consumption of popcorn caused his health problems. He says his breathing has improved since his doctor told him to quit eating his extra-buttery microwave popcorn earlier this year, and that his prognosis is good. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
AP Photo/Ed Andrieski
CBS' Survivor: Africa was forced to belatedly declare three second-place winners because of an error made during an immunity challenge.

Contestants Lex van den Berghe of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Tom Buchanan of Rich Valley, Va., were bumped up in the standings, CBS said Wednesday. They join the original runner-up, Kim Johnson, of Oyster Bay, N.Y., all receiving a second-place prize of $100,000.

Ethan Zohn of Lexington, Mass., remains the $1 million top winner.

“It was an honest mistake, simply attributable to human error during the production of the series,” CBS spokesman Chris Ender said. “The producers feel horrible about it and they dealt with the situation as soon as they became aware of it.”

The problem occurred during one of the final immunity challenges, in which contestants were asked to identify which of the female players did not have any body piercings.

Johnson was declared the winner of the challenge when she picked Kelly Goldsmith. But it was later found that van den Berghe's answer - Lindsey Richter - also was correct.

The mistake was discovered by the series' producers during the Jan. 10 broadcast of the finale, CBS said. A week later, they decided to award second-place prize money to each of the three runners-up.

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