It's Been a Hot Minute! Where's Netflix's 'The Mole' Season 1 Winner Now?

Allison DeGrushe - Author

Jun. 27 2024, Published 12:39 p.m. ET

Will Richardson in Season 1, Episode 7 of Netflix's 'The Mole.'
Source: Netflix

After a fourteen-year hiatus, The Mole officially returned to our screens in 2022, courtesy of Netflix. The streaming giant revived the beloved reality game show and introduced 12 new contestants itching to snatch up a prize pot of cash.

Little did they know, among them lurked "the Mole," a secret role assigned by producers to throw a wrench into their money-making efforts.

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Now, with Season 2 just around the corner, many longtime fans are buzzing with one burning question: Where is the Season 1 winner of Netflix's The Mole now?

Read on for all the known details.

Will Richardson wears a suit while taking the final quiz in the Season 1 finale of Netflix's 'The Mole.'
Source: James Gourley/Netflix
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Where is the Season 1 winner of Netflix's 'The Mole' now?

After weeks of nail-biting challenges, Netflix's reboot of The Mole wrapped up its first season with a thrilling finale on Oct. 21, 2022. In an unexpected turn of events, New York City-based software developer Kesi Neblet was revealed as "the Mole."

Commercial airline pilot Joi Schweitzer locked in lifestyle brand manager Will Richardson as her choice, but it was Will who correctly identified Kesi as "the Mole," securing victory and walking away with the entire $101,500 prize pot!

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Since then, Will has starred in Season 1 of Netflix's dating show Perfect Match. He joined in Episode 7 and initially paired up with The Circle France star Ines Tazi.

However, when Love Is Blind contestant Diamond Jack entered the villa in Episode 8, Will switched his attention to her. Their journey together ended abruptly by Episode 9, as Will and Diamond departed the villa separately.

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Following his unsuccessful stint at finding love, it appears Will is enjoying the single life and focusing on expanding his social media presence. These days, he regularly posts fitness content on platforms like Instagram and TikTok.

Will prepared for 'The Mole' by watching previous seasons.

After winning Season 1 of Netflix's The Mole, Will sat down with Tudum and shared insights into his experience. When asked how he prepared for the show, Will told the outlet, "There was a lot of studying [of] previous seasons."

"No winner was the same," he continued. "I took some strategies — they would use a shield situation where they were positive somebody was voting for them and [keep them in the game]."

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Will Richardson and Kesi Neblett in Season 1, Episode 6 of Netflix's 'The Mole.'
Source: Netflix

Will Richardson and Kesi Neblett in Season 1, Episode 6 of Netflix's 'The Mole.'

Will then reflected on his own "shield situation," explaining, "The worst one I did was [when] Sandy thought it was Kesi. I had alone time with Sandy, and I said, 'If you vote for Kesi, you're going home.' You feel horrible as a person after."

"Everyone's so hard on Kesi being the Mole, and a lot of people have problems forgiving her, like, 'How did you lie to us?' And they don't realize I lied to every single one of you and tried to get you eliminated from the show," he added. "It was never personal! But I tried to stab you all in the back. I did."

The Mole and Perfect Match are now streaming on Netflix.

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