The CBS series Survivor (2000) literally made Joel an overnight celebrity, a role that surprised Joel and the rest of the first and most memorable cast to date.
Joel was already a success in his sales and marketing career when some friends encouraged him to enter a contest from CBS for a new show where sixteen individuals would be dropped on an abandoned island.
His self-confidence, slightly sarcastic and adventuresome attitude would quickly serve to his advantage as this intense competition began in the late summer of 2000.
"I had to walk into Les Moonves' office, which was huuuugge and sat in front of a bunch of execs in black. I thought I was at a funeral. They fired questions at me and then they sent me home. A week later they called and told me I was selected to be a castaway on Survivor."
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