July 16, 1977 |
Franklin, New Hampshire, U.S.
Jenna Lewis (born July 16, 1977) is an American reality show contestant and occasional television personality. She is best known from her time as a contestant on Survivor: Borneo (season one), finishing eighth, and Survivor: All-Stars (season eight), finishing third. She later gained further fame for her 2004 sex tape which circulated on the Internet.
Lewis made her first appearance during Survivor: Borneo, where she was on the Pagong tribe. In one episode, the final nine castaways were supposed to receive videos from home, which they would compete to get to see. Lewis was eager to see her daughters, but Jeff Probst announced that her tape was never sent in. Lewis was later voted off the island by three contestants who had an alliance and by Sean Kenniff, who was voting based on alphabetical order. Lewis was voted out 4-3-1. She became the second member of the jury and cast her vote for Kelly Wiglesworth to win the game at the final tribal council (though Wiglesworth ultimately lost to Richard Hatch by a jury vote of 4-3).
She returned to the game in Survivor: All Stars, where she started out on the Saboga tribe. In the first episode Lewis successfully lobbied for Tina Wesson's elimination on the grounds that a former winner (in Wesson's case, the second season, Survivor: The Australian Outback) should not be allowed to win again. Throughout the game, Lewis along with fellow contestant, Rupert Boneham, managed to wind up on all 4 tribes. After Saboga was dissolved in a reward challenge, they were absorbed into Chapera, then shuffled to Mogo Mogo, and finally merged into Chaboga Mogo. Lewis survived to the final three, but after losing the last Immunity Challenge, was voted out by Rob Mariano and became the final member of the jury. She voted for Rob Mariano to win the game, though he lost in a close 4-3 to winner Amber Brkich.
In 2004, an explicit 42-minute sex tape emerged featuring Lewis and former husband Travis Wolfe in a Las Vegas hotel room. It was originally reported that Lewis and Wolfe made the sex video purely for their own private use and that it was accidentally leaked onto the Internet. In interviews, Lewis talked about the embarrassment she said she felt at the prospect of anybody being able to see her naked and performing sexual acts. However, this came into question as reports appeared suggesting that Lewis deliberately made and released the sex tape in order to increase her fame and make money from it. In some interviews, Lewis even mentioned how people could buy the video, arousing further suspicion. In December 2004, the New York Daily News reported that she, her husband and her manager were behind the website selling the video, and were receiving 70 percent of the sales profits.
- In the summer of 2005, Lewis was cast in a direct-to-video movie, The Scorned, which featured a cast made entirely of reality television stars, including Jon Dalton, Trishelle Cannatella, and Steven Hill. Hill played Lewis's love interest; the two dated for a time. The filming of the movie was documented and released as a reality show, Kill Reality.
- Lewis and other Survivor castaways have appeared in an episode of Nash Bridges.
- On May 23, 2004, she was a guest on Loveline.
- "Jenna Lewis Sex Tape Surfaces on Internet". realityworld.com. 2004-06-18. Retrieved 2007-07-05.
- "Surviving TV Easier Than Real Life". New York Daily News. 2006-07-16. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-07-05.
- "IMDB: Jenna Lewis". imdb.com. 2004-06-18. Retrieved 2009-09-28.
- Jenna Lewis at the Internet Movie Database
- Jenna Lewis biography for Survivor: Borneo at CBS.com
- Jenna Lewis biography for Survivor: All-Stars at CBS.com