Was “Survivor” pretty hard for you? It seemed like you weren’t really prepared for how hard it was actually going to be.
“I think I was pretty prepared, but it was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. You don’t have your family, you don’t have friends, you have one cup of rice a day. That part was the hardest, mentally. But everything else I was pretty OK.”
Were you surprised they kept Russell over you?
“No, not really. We were on a losing streak, we’d lost every single challenge. I think their number one goal was to win the next challenge. I think Russell, he obviously is bigger, taller, he’s played this game before. They saw it as a better move for them, even though I disagree, but they had to do what they thought was right for them.”
Did you forget saying that you couldn’t go back out during the challenge? Because you did say on the platform that you couldn’t do it.
“I don’t remember saying that. I might have whispered it. But I don’t remember saying that to them. I was shaking my head and Denise just instantly knew, she knew she was going to go again. I asked her after the challenge and explained myself — I would’ve went again, but I would’ve been slower and we would’ve been behind. Watching Denise go in and come out so fast, why not have the people who can do faster do it again? So we wouldn’t be lagging in the challenge. But I really don’t remember saying that.”
At this point, when you were voted off, did you think Matsing had a chance? Could they pull together or were they kind of a lost cause?
“I give them the benefit of the doubt. I hope they can pull it through and win the next challenge. I’ll be cheering for them.”
Were you surprised to learn Malcolm was working with Denise?
“No. I knew they were tight from the beginning. And I was in that alliance with them. So it didn’t surprise me.”
“Survivor: Philippines” airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.