'Survivor': Lisa Whelchel says 'Facts of Life' tribe could have beaten 'Diff'rent Strokes' tribe. Whatchu talkin' 'bout, Lisa?

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All 1980s TV addicts know that The Facts of Life started out as a spin-off from Diff’rent Strokes when Mrs. Garrett took her talents from the Drummond household to the Eastland school. But now that the woman who played Eastland’s Blair Warner, Lisa Whelchel, is competing on Survivor: Philippines (premiering Sept. 19), one can’t help but wonder: What if The Facts of Life girls had taken on the Drummond family in Survivor? Who would have won?

I posed that question to Lisa herself in the Caramoan Islands just prior to filming. “Well, this sounds kind of crass but I’m going to have to say Facts of Life because we’re still around.” Not now, Lisa! I’m talking about back in the day! “Facts of Life for sure!” she insists. “Because we were tough girls.” To hear more about why she thinks Natalie and Tootie could kick Mr. D’s ass, as well as my interrogation on The Facts of Life Goes To Paris, check out the video below. And for more Survivor news and views, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

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