Were you surprised to go out first?
No, I wasn’t surprised. I sensed early in the game that there might be some problems because the young girls would have us rebuild the shelter every day and you just don’t bark out orders like that unless you know you’re safe. I knew going to that challenge that if we lost, I was going home. It was the first Tribal Council I’ve ever been to where I wasn’t the slightest bit nervous.
When we saw the lone vote for Rob, we thought maybe that was Russell just trying to mess with Rob but it was actually you. Why did you vote for Rob?
I blamed him for me going home. I know that’s kind of hard to explain, but I think I was right. He’s difficult to work with, he’s gotta run the show at every single challenge. They’ve shown him as the only person that works and that’s just not true. He’s saying, “I played this game three times and I’m on the buffoon tribe again” and I wasn’t on the other two buffoon tribes, but he was. He might want to think about that a little.
Why do you blame Rob, though?
A lot of us wanted Parvati out. I know Coach and Jerri did, I think Tyson also did. Sandra was another floater, but she wanted Parvati to stay because she wants as many winners to stay int he game as possible and I understand that. Russell obviously is not going to get rid of Parvati cause that’s his alliance, so Boston Rob is kinda the swing vote.
What were your impressions of your tribemates? Had you met any of them prior to this season of Survivor?
I wasn’t close with any of them, but I knew maybe half of them. First time I’d met Russell or Boston Rob was in the game, as well as Jerri. Parvati I’ve met and Courtney I’ve met. I didn’t’ even recognize Danielle, I didn’t know who she was.
What were your impressions of Russell Hantz, him being the new kid on the block so to speak?
Kudos to him to be able to go back-to-back seasons. He went all the way in season 19 and was able to do it again so soon, I had a lot of respect for that. That being said … there are honorable villains and there are d*****bag villains like Russell and Boston Rob, who will screw their best friend.
What do you think of James? There was a bit of a conflict on last night’s show.
You know, the guy won fan favorite twice. He’s a great guy. You know, I was trash-talking James and he was giving it right back to me. The difference was I was kidding, I was doing ti with a smile on my face. I knew he was gonna kill me and he knew he was gonna kill and he killed me, you saw it. I would’ve been pissed at James if he’d gone easy on me. I wanted him to give it his best. I hope that was his best because if that was still his average and he still killed me…
I’d just like to comment on how tough it was. I was out there eight nights and I think I probably slept three of those nights. it was very difficult. The pouring rain … it actually rains for like five days straight, it’s impossible to sleep.
Probst signs on for two more seasons
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