Mike Holloway at Tribal Council during the final episode.

Mike Holloway at Tribal Council during the final episode.

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Mike Holloway was "a silly redneck, a "scumbag" and "a scared, little baby," in one foe's words.

He was also named the winner of "Survivor: Worlds Apart" on Wednesday night.

The 38-year-old from North Richland Hills easily won a final tribal council vote as his peers voted him the show's champion.

Mike ran up to Jeff Probst and gave him a big kiss. Then he went up and kissed his mother, Deborah, who flew to Nicaragua to watch Mike after a reward challenge.

Mike Holloway reacts after winning the $1 million dollar prize.

Mike Holloway reacts after winning the $1 million dollar prize.

Earlier in the episode, Mike voted for fellow contestant Rodney and helped knock him out of the game. Rodney went into a profanity-laced tirade afterward.

"He's a silly redneck," Rodney said. "This scumbag redneck. He's a scared little baby."

Rodney ended up voting for another one of the final three members to win. It didn't matter as Holloway got six of eight jury votes.

Holloway, who works in oil fields as a directional driller, credited his blue collar work ethic and hidden strategy for his win. It also helped that he won five immunity physical challenges, which allowed him to make the next round with no chance of being voted off the game.

After 10 years wanting to be on Survivor, D-FW contestant makes it into the show

Before the game, Holloway told GuideLive.com, "For the past 10 years, I've been making Survivor casting videos, but I never sent anything in. Then there was a contestant that quit. Twice! I was watching with one of my buddies and I said, 'I can't stand it when somebody quits.' And he said, "What are you going to do about it?" I said, "I'm making a video and we're sending it in.

"About a month and a half later, I happened to be home when the phone rang. When I answered, they said, "Hey, I'm calling from Survivor," and I was like, "SHUT UP!"

Before the game, Mike talked about his Texas roots:

"I'm a sixth-generation Texan," he said. "Anyone familiar with Texas history has probably heard of my great-great-great-great-grandfather: Oliver Loving of the Goodnight-Loving Trail. Loving County is named after him. I was born in Odessa. We lived for a while in Abilene, and when I was 14, we moved to Dallas-Fort Worth. I've been here ever since. I went to L.D. Bell High School in Hurst. Blue Raiders!"

The final three -- Mike, Carolyn and Will -- of "Survivor: Worlds Apart."

The final three -- Mike, Carolyn and Will -- of "Survivor: Worlds Apart."

Mike Holloway gives Jeff Probst a big kiss after winning "Survivor: Worlds Apart"

Mike Holloway gives Jeff Probst a big kiss after winning "Survivor: Worlds Apart"

Jeff Probst reveals the winning vote on Wednesday night.

Jeff Probst reveals the winning vote on Wednesday night.

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