The blindside on last night’s ‘Survivor’ was the craziest and most shocking yet, but did [spoiler] see it coming? HollywoodLife.com caught up with the castaway.
Spoilers! If you haven’t watched this week’s Survivor: Khao Rong and don’t want to know about the most insane tribal council ever, don’t click in! If you have, read our interview with the betrayed castoff right here.
Jason gave you his idol easily before tribal — were you concerned when Tai didn’t?
That should have been my first clue but the fact that I had saved his idol for him, I had all the confidence he was going to use it on me. Jason knew he wasn’t going anywhere since he had the immunity, so it was easier for him to hand it to me. Tai said ‘Hey, if you need it, I’ll give it to you,’ and I said the same thing. I said, ‘That’s cool, I’ve got one, you’ve got one, whoever needs it will get the other one.’ So, hindsight is 20/20 — while it could have been in a clue, it wasn’t for me. Tai and I went off on a little walk after we were all at the beach. I said, ‘Hey man, you were kind of quiet, I wanted to make sure you were still good, and I want you to know, you have a voice.’ We lost Cydney because she thought she didn’t have a voice, so I wanted to check in. So I didn’t want him to say, ‘Yeah yeah yeah,’ then later say, ‘I never had a voice.’ But of course, they didn’t show that. I had lots of talks with Tai so honestly, it was a huge surprise.
Tai most likely would have gone home if he had given it to you, since everyone would revote except Tai and Aubry. So do you understand he had to do it to save himself?
No. I don’t believe for a second that he saw that in the strategy state of mind; on top of that, had he saved me, it becomes a vote between Tai and Aubry. At that point, I know for a fact that Julia would have voted Aubry out because she figured she was a bigger threat and we promised her Tai was going home eventually anyway. I don’t think for a second he thought that; I think it was just, ‘I want to save my idol for next time.’
Alright I have to ask. People throw around the word ‘bully’ when describing you and Jason’s game. Is that how you see it?
No. A lot of my athlete friends and other friends, people kept asking me ‘Wheres the bullying everyone is talking about? I don’t see it.’ Athletes have thick skin. When you’re in a game, you get things done. You don’t worry about feelings, and that’s the kind of framework that Jason and I had, that no one else on the cast had. So when we got into ‘Let’s get this done’ mode, people’s feelings got hurt. It’s not that we don’t have feelings — we’re playing a game about backstabbing and lying. So, yeah, did it shock me that I got portrayed so negatively? It was surprising to me! I know how I am in real life. I understand that someone has to be the villain. Who else is going to play the villain? Julia?! We’re all characters. It’s easier to turn the big tattooed guys into villains than sweet little Tai or Julia. I saved Tai. Julia jumped on board with us! That word ‘bully’ gets thrown around like hotcakes; I doubt we’d be looking like bullies if we looked like Julia! It;s easier to call a big, white, tattooed guy a bully.
Do you plan on calling out Tai at the finale?
Why would I? I like Tai — he did what he thought was best for him! I don’t have any ill will toward anyone on the cast — it’s a TV show. To show hatred toward someone else who knocked you out makes no sense. I compare it to the Price is Right. You’re lucky enough to get picked, you lose, and say, ‘Hey it was fun to be here! Thanks for having me.’ I don’t understand the animosity and the feelings getting hurt. Am I going to be mad at Tai because I didn’t win? No! It takes a lot! It’s not anybody else’s fault — I got betrayed by everyone including Jason and I’m not mad at anybody!
Who do you think is the biggest threat left?
I would say at this point, Tai. He’s got his idol and his advantage, and he can actually win an immunity challenge unlike myself! That’s the other thing — why eliminate the guy who can’t win and if you bring me to the final, no one is going to give the million dollars to a millionaire! If I was such a big mean jerk, you keep those people in the game. So why would they vote me out? Apparently I have to take this as a compliment; they voted me out — you keep those mean guys in! Apparently people on the cast didn’t hate me as much as people think.
Would you do another season?
Come on! Don’t make me one of those people saying ‘Vote for me to go back!’ They never ask the major athlete to come back — if they were to ask, of course I would say yes. It’s an honor to be picked. I’m not going to go out and campaign like others do. I know how it works.