This week’s eliminated ‘Survivor’ contestant wasn’t all that shocked when his name was written down at tribal council, but did he even try to fight for his spot in the game? And why is he actually happy about being portrayed as a bully? HollywoodLife.com caught up with the castoff to find out!
Don’t read on if you haven’t watched this week’s episode of Survivor: Kaoh Rong. We talked about everything that went down with the May 4 castoff to answer all your burning questions and you can read the EXCLUSIVE interview right here!
What exactly was your plan going into tribal council? Did you think you had a chance? I thought, for sure, you’d at least vote for Michele…
The last three days, I was completely iced out. They wouldn’t even talk to me. So it made strategizing a lot more difficult when the only person you had to strategize with was yourself. They weren’t having it. They were pretty set in their own ways, until Tai came to me and tried to make a play But I wasn’t going to fall in-line with Tai because I knew he didn’t have the votes. It was clear the girls were going to stick together, so the numbers were never going to be there [for him]. So I just went my own path and I voted out the person [Joe] who I know that I should’ve been there instead of.
Some people said they wanted to keep you around because they thought you’d be a good person to take to the end – how much were you using that as a bargaining trip with the core alliance?
Of course you try, but they’re going to make their decisions. The only time they talked to me about it was the night of the last tribal. The next morning, it was like I didn’t exist. Even on reward they wouldn’t talk to me about strategy at all. I tried, and it wasn’t going to happen. They refused. There’s not much you could bargain with. I tried to play it up even though I didn’t think it was true — I truly believed that I could beat them. But we’ll never know. Of course, every person says they believe they could win and I’m not going to change that fact [now].
Who do you think you would’ve had the best chance with at the end? What was your plan if you were able to make it that far?
At that point I didn’t have a plan. Once Scot went out, I no longer had that luxury of [asking] ‘Who do I want to sit with in the finals?’ You shift to more of a ‘How can I get to the finals?’ So I think I could’ve beaten any of them, I really do. Lucky for me, I know how to talk at tribals. I can make people think the other way. So I was going to have to rely on my talking skills and the resume I built.
Speaking of talking in tribals, you were noticeably quiet at tribal last night. Were you just hoping Michele and Tai’s fight would take the attention off you? Or had you essentially just thrown in the towel because you knew you were going home?
My plan going into that tribal was to go back to my roots and make sure to put on a scene — be loud, talk, get my point across. But I had to be flexible once Tai opened his mouth — yet again! It made me go, ‘Hold on, something’s about to happen.’ And of course, it did. The Tai and Michele fight began and I knew that at that point, ‘Jason, you need to do what you normally don’t do and you need to shut up, stay quiet, don’t step on their toes, don’t cut them off. Let the fight happen because it might lead to something else.’ And then that fight happened for a long time — much longer than what aired. There was a lot said.
Toward the end of the fight, it was very clear that, yes, Tai opened his mouth…yes, that put Aubry in a weird situation of being stuck in the middle. But it was clear that the girls were about to band together and were about to be three girls strong and Joe’s going with them. Once that was set in stone, I knew I was pretty screwed. I did some more talking after, but you could see the writing on the wall.
Do you have any regrets about your game? What’s something you think you could’ve changed?
I really wouldn’t have changed much. Everything’s better in hindsight. If I had to change something, yes, I would’ve kept [the idol I gave Scot] in my pocket. Would I 100 percent have played it for Scot? Without a doubt. If he needed it, it was going to be his. We found it together, we were always going to share it. I would’ve just made sure it was in a pocket that couldn’t leave!
What makes me feel better about that, though, is I would’ve played it the next episode. I truly thought I was going home the very next week, not Julia. So I would’ve played it and I would’ve burnt it and Julia would’ve went home and I still would’ve been in the same vote. So Julia going home kind of takes the away pressure of giving away the idol!
People have thrown around the word ‘bully’ when describing you this season. How do you feel about that?
I think bully is the most overused word of the season. I don’t believe I was a bully. I did not treat [Alecia] any way I didn’t treat anyone else. We didn’t get along. We are not each other’s favorite person. Day one, she walked in and let everyone know she was offended she wasn’t on beauty beach — you don’t make friends that way. You’re with us. When you’re segregating yourself an hour into the game, how do you think that’s going to work? It’s easy to call me a bully with the way I look and how harsh of a person I am, how I don’t sugarcoat things. It’s who I am, it’s the life I grew up in an it’s the life I work in. We come from different walks of life.
I said coming into this game I was going to treat it like my job. Do I think Alecia is a terrible person? Of course not. I don’t. We just don’t get along. I never said anything negative about her outside this game. I can’t say she hasn’t because she’s smashed me, she’s smashed my wife and my children. It still won’t make me say something bad about her. We’ve all been young at one point — when I was her age and younger I made a lot of dumba** decisions in life and I did a lot of s*** that I go, ‘I wish I grew up already.’ I don’t hold it against her. She’ll grow up. She’ll learn more. She’s a good person with a great heart and she fought out there. We don’t get along and we don’t click.
There’s two sides to every story, don’t get me wrong. But I love my tory. I love the way they showed me. I like how they showed my harsh side, my soft side. They focused on my family. I got a very equal and fair edit and storytelling across the board. I’m so happy with the way I was shown.
Would you play again?
I think the bigger question is…will CBS ever ask me back? If they did, I’d be more than happy to talk to them. If this is it, that’s a bummer because I didn’t win the million. But I had a great time and I think I will b a Survivor contestant that will be remembered for the ages.
What did you think of Jason being voted off, HollywoodLifers?