You’re not alone — the finalists on ‘Survivor Cambodia’ were also really shocked by how crazy that tribal was. HollywoodLife.com spoke to the winner right after the Dec. 16 finale and answered everything you wanted to know.
Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance may have just had the most intense finale in the history of the show and well, we had a lot of questions. Luckily, we chatted with the winner (spoilers ahead) about how the tribal actually went down, what the reunion was like, and if “building blocks” is really the way to go from here on out.
Let’s just start with that tribal. Were you as confused as the viewers?
Jeremy Collins: Everything was just CRAZY that night. That tribal both idols were used… it was just insane. I can’t wait to re-watch it and dissect. I knew that three votes were going one way. If Kimmi was with us, she would vote the way we agreed on. I was surprised that she came after me, but using my idol, I knew I would be safe. Spencer was like ‘Listen, stay strong. If we don’t move and budge.’ So we did and it worked.
Did you consider NOT bringing Spencer to the finale?
No. He was going. Kelley was playing a real good game and had a lot of people on the jury on her side. Her mistake was on the family visit — I said that day, these are my three. The voting block thing is fine and crazy, but that was the time to lock it down. I mean, everyone at some point trusted me and we had a bond at some point. Spencer had blood on his hands, and I didn’t. I felt good about it.
How do you feel about Kimmi now?
I know it’s a game. I’m easy, in life. I forgive, I keep it moving. I wasn’t mad at Kimmi, I was disappointed in her. After that, I was like, I’m done. I thought Kimmi was holding on to something more. I gave her hug last night [at the reunion] and said Kimmi, I love you!
When you watched the season live, was there anything that surprised you?
A lot of the things that Wentworth was doing, we didn’t know about. She was playing a great game!
What was last night like after the show when you went home with your wife and kids?
I just wanted me, Val and the girls to just sit dow and have a minute to enjoy it. I asked, ‘What do you guys want for Christmas this year?’ I was gone for two years in a row — I’m never going to leave them again!
Would you do The Amazing Race, maybe with Val?
We talked about The Amazing Race, but I think we’re good. We have the baby coming, and I’m going back to work on Saturday! Nothing’s going to change, we’ll just be able to live a little more comfortably.
Parting words/advice for future contestants?
Strategic wise, the voting block thing works — stick with it. It’s crazy, but it’s an awesome way to go. It took me 10 years to get on it, so for everyone — just keep going, keep persevering.