The ENTIRE Australian Survivor Heroes v Villains cast list has been leaked, and hoo boy, the latest season is bound to be a ripper!

So Dramatic! previously unveiled several personalities who had signed onto the series, including 2022 stars Jordie Hansen and Nina Twine, 2019’s Shaun Hampson and 2016 winner Kristie Bennett.

However, as revealed in episode 230 of the So Dramatic! podcast, it seems Kristie was dropped — or pulled out — at the last minute.

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Kristie Bennett is no longer competing on Australian Survivor Heroes v Villains 2023 as originally planned. Source: Ten.

According to an insider, the 30-year-old was active on LinkedIn well after the cast flew out for filming and had their devices taken away.

“There’s no way she’s got someone handling her LinkedIn,” they confessed and hey, the lengths some people will go to…

Kristie was also still active on Facebook, as was her 2016 co-star Craig I’Anson, who was originally tipped to have been part of the upcoming series but has since been cut.

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Australian Survivor 2016 star Craig I’Anson was also cut from the 2023 cast last minute. Source: Ten.

Another source dished that Kristie has also confirmed to friends that she’s not competing.

“Kristy has told people that she isn’t playing,” they told host Megan Pustetto. “She told people that it was because of an injury, which may be true, but also, she may have just been cut.”

And while we’re gutted we won’t see these familiar faces on the small screen again, fans are arguably (read: definitely) more interested in who IS returning to Australian Survivor 2023.

Who Else Is Starring on Australian Survivor Heroes v Villains 2023?

In addition to the above being turfed out, the source said the producers added several stars last minute.

Simon Mee is back on the show,” they said of the Brains v Brawn 2021 competitor.

“They originally cut him, but he’s back, so something changed there — maybe he replaced Craig in the alpha male role.”

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Simon Mee has been confirmed to have joined the cast. Source: Ten.

In addition to the stars we already know — Jordie, Nina, Shaun, George Mladenov and Shonee Fairfax — we’ve also got our hands on several new returnees.

Joining their fellow alumni on Australian Survivor Heroes v Villains 2023 will be Flick Palmateer, Hayley Leake, Jackie Glazier, Steve Khouw and Sam Webb — A.K.A MAFSDan Webb‘s brother. Small world!

Who Are the New Contestants on Australian Survivor Heroes v Villains?

Alongside the returnees, several Survivor newbies have signed onto the show, which is slated for a January 2023 premiere.

So Dramatic! previously dished that AFL star David Zaharakis and Real Housewives of Melbourne‘s Anjali Rao had been confirmed for the new season.

Now, we can exclusively reveal several more fresh faces heading to Ten’s hit series.

Mimi Tang, former Miss Australia pageant queen Sarah Marschke, Olympic pole vaulter Liz Parnova and actress Sharni Vinson will appear.

Joining them is broadcaster and author Benjamin Law, estate agent Fraser Lack and pilot-slash-plane crash survivor Gerry Geltch.

Two lesser-known names on the list are Paige Donald and Matty Sharp — and unless he’s the bassist from Weezer, we’ve got no clue!

The leaked cast list follows Channel Ten dropping a trailer that revealed Australian Survivor is returning to Samoa for the first time since 2017.

“Who does it better?” host Jonathan LaPaglia questions. “A hero… or a villain?”

Welp, it’s certainly going to be one hell of a season!

Want even more goss? Listen to episode 230 of the So Dramatic! podcast with Megan Pustetto below!

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