Francesca Hogi has the distinction of being the first person ever sent to Redemption Island on “Survivor,” which she sees as a small consolation to being voted off first. She also tells Zap2it all about Phillip.
Are you glad you went on “Survivor,” was it everything you hoped it would be?
“No, it was certainly not everything that I hoped it would be. [laughs] I’m far enough away from it now that I can just look at it as one of those really unique life experiences that I’m very grateful to have had. Probably the first month I was out of the game, I was like a crazy person. One day I’m like, ‘I’m fine with it’ and the next day I’d be like, ‘Dammit, it’s so unfair! I want another chance!’ [laughs]
It’s such an amazing experience and so few people get to do it. And now I get to be like some obscure footnote in ‘Survivor’ history about being the first person to go to Redemption Island. If you were going to be voted out first on ‘Survivor,’ this is the season to do it.”
What did you think off the Redemption Island twist?
“I have very mixed feelings about it. From a viewer standpoint, it’s great. It adds a new level of complexity to the game. It gives you an opportunity where if someone you liked got voted out, they get another chance. And it’s really entertaining to watch.
From a player’s standpoint, when Jeff told us about it, I was like, ‘Oh man, I do not want to go there. It sounds awful.’ I think part of the idea of getting voted out is like at least you go and have food and have a shower, stuff like that. And now it’s like not only did I get voted out, but now I have to go live on some crappy beach all by myself. [laughs] But what is miserable for players is kind of great television. I’m really excited to watch the rest of the season, I’m excited to see all the people go through Redemption Island.”
So tell us about Phillip. Is he really as crazy as he seemed on TV?
“That is the no. 1 question that I have been asked. In terms of my interaction with Phillip, that’s exactly what it was. So, ya know, does that make him crazy? Maybe I’m crazy for even engaging him in argument because why let him drag me down like that? Not being a mental health professional, I can’t say for sure. But he does not appear to be the most stable person I have ever met.”
Do you think your tribe is a strong tribe at this point?
“Um, no, I don’t think so. I understand Boston Rob has always been a great player and he has reasons for doing everything that he does, so he had reasons for voting out Matt. Matt was a huge threat, Matt and Andrea were close and dangerous to Rob, but I don’t know how anyone in his alliance could feel safe. Kristina is on the outs and Phillip is kind of being brought in, but everybody out there thinks he is so irritating and so crazy, I can’t imagine that it’s a pleasant tribe to be on at this point.”
Who were you rooting for once you were eliminated?
“Absolutely Matt. I was 100% rooting for Matt. The only kind of consolation I had for losing was that Matt won because I really had a good time with him out there. He’s such a great guy, he’s such a good-hearted person. He was totally blindsided, I really did feel for him. When I got voted out, it didn’t hurt my feelings, but it actually did hurt his feelings. I am definitely rooting for him to do well.”
“Survivor: Redemption Island” airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.