Rob Cesternino
Born (1978-10-20) October 20, 1978 (age 43)
Notable work
Rob Has a Podcast
TelevisionSurvivor: The Amazon
Survivor: All-Stars
Spouse(s)Nicole Cesternino
WebsiteRob Has a Website

Robert Kristopher Cesternino (born October 20, 1978) is an American reality television and podcasting personality, known for his appearances on both Survivor: The Amazon (2003) and Survivor: All Stars (2004) and his current coverage of reality television on his podcast, Rob Has a Podcast.

Early life

Originally from Wantagh, New York, Cesternino worked as a computer projects coordinator for an insurance general agency.[1][2] He had been previously employed as a store clerk, a waiter, and a bartender. In 2001, Cesternino graduated from the honors program at the State University of New York at Oswego with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcasting.[3]


The Amazon

Cesternino appeared on Survivor: The Amazon in 2003. Originally a member of the all-male Tambaqui tribe, Cesternino cut a number of deals throughout the game, which often resulted in him double-crossing his allies and convincing other tribe members to flip their votes. Cesternino lasted 38 of 39 days but was the fourteenth person voted out by Jenna Morasca at the final three.


In 2004, he came back to play again in Survivor: All-Stars and was a member of the original Chapera tribe and he was voted out in a blindside led by "Boston" Rob Mariano. With all votes against him, he was the third person voted out and finished in 15th place. He is also the fourth person to leave the game overall after fellow Amazon castaway Jenna Morasca quit the game to be with her dying mother.


In May 2013, Cesternino was a guest on the Survivor After Show, hosted by Parvati Shallow.[4] In June of that year, he appeared as a co-host and executive producer of Reality GameMasters, a YouTube show documenting six reality stars competing in a game of Risk.[5]

Cesternino was inducted into Xfinity's Survivor "Hall of Fame" in 2012, alongside Amanda Kimmel and Ethan Zohn.[6] In addition, both of his seasons were voted by viewers as being among the top 10 greatest seasons of all time - The Amazon was 8th, while All-Stars was 6th.[7][8] In a 2015 interview shortly before the premiere of the 30th season, Jeff Probst stated that Cesternino, along with Spencer Bledsoe from Survivor: Cagayan and Survivor: Cambodia, was his personal favorite non-winner contestant.[9]

Rob Has A Podcast

Main article: Rob Has a Podcast

Cesternino owns and manages his own website entitled Rob Has A Website, which is the home of his podcast series Rob Has A Podcast (RHAP), which has since expanded to include a YouTube channel. The podcast began during 2010, originally covering Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains and the final season of the ABC television drama series Lost. Cesternino also covers a wide range of other reality programs including Big Brother, The Amazing Race, and The Celebrity Apprentice.

Cesternino and fellow Survivor alumnus Stephen Fishbach, co-host of the RHAP show Survivor Know-It-Alls, were approached to compete together in The Amazing Race 31. The pair showed interest but were forced to decline due to Fishbach's impending wedding.[10]

Personal life

In August 2010, Cesternino married his longtime girlfriend, Nicole Palmeri. The couple's first child, Dominic James, was born on September 29, 2013.[11] The couple's second child, Anthony Joseph, was born on November 12, 2015.[12]


  1. ^ Petrozzello, Donna (January 14, 2003). "'Survivor' River Rumble Will Be Guys vs. Gals". Daily News. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  2. ^ Petrozzello, Donna (February 13, 2003). "Survival is a Ball for L.I. guy plays for laughs". Daily News. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  3. ^ Whitehouse, Beth (October 10, 2001). "CASTING CALL / Who will be the next Sean or Kimmi? / Maybe these 'Survivor IV' audition tapes will tell". Newsday. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  4. ^ Cesternino, Rob (May 3, 2013). "Rob Cesternino with Parvati Shallow on the CBS Survivor After Show". Rob Has a Podcast. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  5. ^ Cesternino, Rob (2013). "Reality Gamemasters, A Rob Has A Podcast Original Web Series". Rob Has A Website. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  6. ^ Holmes, Gordon (December 12, 2012). "'Survivor' Hall of Fame 2012 Inductee – Rob Cesternino". Xfinity. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Get Insider Answers in the Survivor 30th Season Extravaganza". February 3, 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  8. ^ Blickley, Leigh (January 30, 2015). "The 10 Best Seasons In 'Survivor' History". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  9. ^ Ross, Dalton (February 25, 2015). "Jeff Probst names his favorite Survivor winner, non-winner, twist, challenge, and season ever". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  10. ^ Rob Cesternino; Stephen Fishbach (2019-04-11). "Survivor Know-It-Alls | Edge of Extinction Episode 9 Recap". Rob Has a Podcast. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  11. ^ Stanhope, Kate (30 September 2013). "Survivor: The Amazon Alum Rob Cesternino and Wife Welcome a Baby Boy". TVGN. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  12. ^ Helling, Steve (November 13, 2015). "Rob Cesternino Welcomes Son Anthony Joseph". People. Retrieved 2 December 2015.