Survivor: Nicaragua

Following the first double elimination on Survivor: Nicaragua, the eliminated outcasts are now speaking out with PEOPLE about being voted off.

Kelly Bruno, a 26-year-old University of North Carolina medical student, amputee and victim of NaOnka’s insane behavior, along with Yve Rojas, a 41-year-old homemaker and mother-of-two, spoke with PEOPLE about being voted off, being outlasted by a complainer with bad knees and Kelly discusses being tackled by tribe mate NaOnka for an immunity idol clue.

Excerpts from their interview below –

How upsetting is it that Daniel complains and threatens to quit constantly yet skates through every week?

Yve: He was not having any fun. He cursed the game, where we were, everything, and I really wanted to play. It was so hard and disheartening to look at Danny’s miserable face as I was walking out and thinking, “You don’t even want to be here.”

Did it come down to you saying you had good relationships on the older tribe?

Yve: I knew Alina was a target at the old La Flor so I said I had good relationships to make her think I could help her if we merged, but I also immediately backtracked to put a more negative line on it, which they didn’t show, so I was shocked to hear that concern.

Kelly, on the other hand, you seemed totally surprised to see your name. Was there nothing that made you suspect how they felt about you?

Kelly: Kelly S. had come up to me and Jill earlier that evening and asked us to vote for her because she was having a hard time. She mentioned my name had come up. I didn’t have any reason to think there was anything to it, but it left a bad taste in my mouth. I talked to others who denied it. I believed the plan was for the young tribe to stick together and flush out the idol. When Marty didn’t play it, I assumed I was fine because it was going to be a good time to get him out because he’s a real threat.

Do you think their sympathy vote argument was valid?

Kelly: They’re the ones who’d be voting, so wouldn’t they be able to stop a pity vote? It’s not like it’s open to the public. I guess they had sympathy for me. I thought I’d proved very clearly that I didn’t want pity, I wasn’t going to use that strategy and that wasn’t why I was there.

Favorite and least favorite moments?

Yve: Looking at those monkeys was my favorite because it was the first time that something alive and beautiful was apparent. Otherwise it was rain, mud, thorns, bland and dark.

Kelly: My least favorite moment was getting pushed to the ground for a clue. A line was definitely crossed that could not be undone. My favorite thing was watching the sunset everyday and appreciating what I was doing there and the experience.

A new episode of Survivor airs tonight at 8/7c on CBS.

Following the merger of the older and younger teams, Tyrone Davis, a 42-year-old Fire Captain from Inglewood, California found himself the latest Survivor outcast to be eliminated.

In a new interview with PEOPLE, Tyrone discusses the chicken controversy, why he was a threat, and whether or not his race played a role in his elimination or how he was perceived by his teammates. Excerpts from Tyrone’s interview below –

Let’s get the most important question out of the way. How much of that chicken did you actually eat?
Not a lot at all, seriously. I was the last to get a piece of chicken. I made sure everyone got some first and then I cleaned their bones when they were done. I was eating gristle. I was not Fred Flintstone eating a giant pterodactyl thigh. I was eating what other people said they were finished with and I made sure to ask if they were done.

Do you blame the chicken-eating incident for your ousting?
That was probably some of it. But I blame several things. One was the power thing. As a leader, you have a big target on your back. My strength: I was a threat because did well in all of the challenges. Holly’s switch: There was a generation gap. I think there was probably some racial motivation as well.

That requires further explanation.
Please don’t spin it that I was playing the race card, but things took place that weren’t shown on TV that lead me to believe that [race] was a [possible motivation] with some people, like the unfounded intimidation comment. I didn’t do anything to try to intimidate anyone. I wasn’t barking orders. Every time I spoke, I spoke with a soft tone. Some people have other issues that spilled into the game. That speaks to their insecurities. Racism is an insecurity, in my opinion, and it exists in America. I don’t think the vote was based solely on that. I’m not even saying that it was based largely on that. This is a social game. All those things – insecurities, biases, backgrounds – come into play and it was still on me to manage those things to my benefit. I didn’t.

Moving on to tonight’s episode of Survivor. The 6th episode of the season titled “Worst Case Scenario” will leave the cast surprised “following a shocking announcement, it’s every man for himself when the fight shipwrecked individual immunity. One of the leading intellectuals of the game points to two enemies and sets up a plan to overthrow one of them, along with an immunity idol at tribal council a most memorable season.”

The new episode airs tonight at 8/7c on CBS.

Following his surprise elimination on last week’s Survivor:Nicaragua episode, Jimmy Johnson is now speaking out about his time on the show in a new interview.

The 67-year-old former NFL Coach from Islamorada, Fl discusses the hardships of doing the show at this age, what he would have done differently, and why is has no qualms about being voted off in a new interview with PEOPLE. Excerpts from Jimmy’s interview below –

Could you have changed the outcome?
I went in from day one saying, “Listen, I’m not a threat.” Feeling like I wasn’t one and thinking I’d convinced them I wasn’t, I didn’t seek out a strong alliance. Looking back on it, I probably could have gotten something together with the women. And maybe Tyrone that would have allowed me to go further in the game.

Do you understand Marty’s desire to get you out?
I didn’t know until watching the episode that Marty thought I was such a big threat. I guess I understand it but again I really truly didn’t believe people would give me a million.

Did you believe Marty would share the idol to better the team?
Absolutely not. No one bought that.

You repeatedly said Survivor was more stressful than coaching a Super Bowl team. Why?
The conditions are a lot better as a Super Bowl coach. Before the game, you have plenty of food and clean water and you get a good night’s rest in a bed. You have toilets and clean clothes. We had none of that in Nicaragua. So, not only are you doing all the physical activities of challenges and building shelter and dealing with the stress and strategy of the game, but you are doing it sleep deprived on an empty stomach. And I did it at 67 years old. Had I been out there at 27, I think it would have been less difficult.

Moving on to tonight’s episode of the show, a CBS press releases states, “One castaway works hard to prove his worth and take control of his tribe, but his efforts rub some tribemates the wrong way. The hunt for the hidden immunity idol widens the rift between two castaways at the La Flor camp, triggering a venomous fight. Meanwhile, a valuable secret is revealed that solidifies a powerful alliance.”

The rift between the two castaways refers to Naonka and Kelly B’s struggle for the immunity idol on the last episode.  Things get worse tonight as other tribe members speak out against Naokna, who eventually declares war on her tribe.


The new season of Survivor Nicaragua is already causing controversy only two weeks in.

It all started when Shannon Elkins, a 30 year old pest control co. owner from Louisiana, decided to make some seemingly homophobic comments during his tribe’s tribal council meeting. During the meeting, Shannon decided to randomly accuse one of his fellow tribe members, Sash, of being gay before adding that New York is filled with a lot of gay people. Sash is from New York by the way.

In a new interview with PEOPLE, Shannon attempts to clear his name by stating he isn’t a homophobe or a sexist. He states he brought up Sash’s sexuality to prove that he wasn’t being honest about certain things. Shannon also believes he was the biggest threat in Nicaragua. Excerpts from his interview below –

What about going off like a loose cannon?
People think I dug my own grave but I knew I was going home. Anyone who has ever played Survivor will tell you that when one person can’t look you in the face, it’s you. It didn’t matter what I said . . . I tried to take down the two idiots with me.

Do you mean Chase and Sash?
Chase admitted he was playing both sides. He was playing The Bachelor out there with his aspiring country music singer sob story and waiting for Brenda to bring him a freaking rose. Chase did not change the vote out on the island, where I could have defended myself and tried to change the vote to NaOnka. He did it on the way to tribal when we weren’t supposed to be talking.

Your arguments against Sash and his sexuality seemed based on personal disapproval.
Did I stereotype Sash? Yes. That was wrong and I’m sorry. But you saw less than 40 percent of that tribal. There’s an edit. I didn’t straight up ask that dude if he was gay. I didn’t need to ask his preference. He showed it while he was out there.

But why even bring it up unless you thought it’d turn people against him?
The guy kept coming after me, calling me a liar. I said, “I lied to you because you lied to me.” He said, “When?” And I said, “When you told me you weren’t gay.” . . . I was simply trying to show people you can’t trust him because he wasn’t being honest about who he was. Why would you want to be in an alliance with, a liar and not me who shoots straight?

No pun intended?
I could give two craps what Sash does in his spare time. I’m not a homophobe. I didn’t bash gays. I bashed Sash as a person. I’m also not a damn sexist. I’m married to a woman and I’m voting for Sarah Palin in 2012. And I think a woman, Brenda, is the biggest threat. She’s athletic, sneaky and got Chase to fall in love day one.

A new episode of Survivor is set to air tonight at 8/7c on CBS.


Survivor 21

One of the longest running reality shows is set to make its return, as Survivor: Nicaragua will premiere September 15 at 8/7c on CBS.

This marks the 21st season of the show, with CBS also announcing the show is moving to Wednesday nights.

As for the twist this season? The 20 castaways will be divided into two Tribes of 10 comprised of older competitors and younger competitors.

The Espada Tribe will be made up of individuals over the age of 40, who must prove they have the life experience and knowledge that will ultimately help them Outwit and Outlast their younger competitors. The La Flor Tribe on the other hand will consist of individuals ages 30 and younger, who will have to use their youth and vitality to Outplay and ultimately Outlast their elders.

The show’s host, Jeff Probst, has also announced that the Hidden Immunity Idol will be coming back this season.

Below are the photos and brief bios of the 20 castaways!

Name: Alina Wilson (23)
Tribe: La Flor Current Residence: Downey, Calif.
Occupation: Art Student at California State University (Fullerton)



Name: Ben “Benry” Henry (24)
Tribe: La Flor Current Residence: Los Angeles, Calif.
Occupation: Club Promoter



This season’s Survivor Heroes vs Villains is being hailed by many as being one of the best ever.  The ratings also proved to be great, as they were up from last May with over 13 million viewers tuning in.

There is however some controversy over Sandra Diaz-Twine being crowned the winner. Some feel Parvati Shallow deserved to win, while others feel fan favorite Russell Hantz should have won.  One person who agrees with the later is none other than Russell himself. In a new interview with ET, Russell, 37, feels he won in his head and also believes he played a good social game despite what his Survivor peers believe.

Excerpts from Russell’s interview below –

ET: Do you feel robbed? This is the second time you made it to the end and didn’t win?

Russell Hantz: When I win the Player of the Game, the MVP of the game, then my argument is legitimate. I am not just saying it. I am not being cocky. It is fact. The fans think I played the best twice. They voted me the fan favorite. I won twice. It is amazing that people get so bitter and can’t vote the way they are supposed to vote. All these weak people who play this game.

ET: All season the voted off survivors told me that they didn’t think you had a good social game. You didn’t receive a single vote last night. Do you think that is why?

Russell Hantz: They are saying I have a strategic game, but not a social game? Look what I did at Tribal Council. People say that, but they get their feelings hurt so much because my social game is so good. Look how I switched the vote at Tribal Council. It was supposed to be Rupert, and Danielle went home. I looked at Jerri and said, “Danielle.” If that doesn’t say right there that my social game was brilliant… How can you get somebody to switch their vote just by looking at them and saying the other girl’s name?

ET: Intimidation?

Russell Hantz: She trusted me. She believed me. That is why. She believed me the entire time. They could have ganged up on me. I was one person out there. If I was that weak and they couldn’t take me out, it makes me look even better. If I am that good at intimidation, I am even better.

ET: Was it harder playing this the second time with survivors who had played before?

Russell Hantz: It was really hard. The first time was a piece of cake. It was laughable. The second season was tough. There were really tough players out there. Parvati was really good. Boston Rob, Cirie, Candice and Amanda are all really good players.

ET: Do you think you were at an advantage because they didn’t see your game?

Russell Hantz: I think it was equally the same. Everybody thinks I have a huge advantage, but they were all friends. They all went to events together and know each other. I am sure they were calling each other on the phone before it all started. I didn’t have that advantage. Also, my disadvantage was that I had just played 39 days of a very strategic game. Also, I was physically whipped because I had just played 39 days in a very physical game. You can definitely say I was at an advantage because they didn’t see me play, but you also say, I had a disadvantage because they had advantages on their side, too.



In what some are calling the best season ever of Survivor, 34-year-old bank teller Sandra Diaz-Twine became the first castoff ever to win the show twice when she was awarded the $1 million prize on “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.”

And it wasn’t an easy task. Sandra had to beat out Parvati Shallow and Russell Hantz, who lost his second season in a row. Russell, 37, ended up receiving zero votes, as the jurors determined he played the game too dirty. Russell was however awarded the $100,000 consolation prize yet again. The prize is for being the fan favorite and the winner is determined by viewer votes.

When asked if winning the show twice made her the best player in Survivor history, “It makes me the queen,” replied Sandra. One person who wasn’t too happy with Sandra’s win was disgruntled Russell who believes there’s a flaw in the game, “If [Sandra] can win the game twice.”

Parvati, 27, who placed second, was however a more gracious loser than Russell. Host Jeff Probst also revealed that after 114 days of playing the game over three seasons, she has played it more than anyone else. It was also revealed she’s tied for second for most individual challenge wins. Surprisingly Colby Donaldson still has the record, despite his bad game play this season.

The dumbest move ever award was also awarded last night and the unfortunate winner of that was JT, who was seen earlier this seen handing over his immunity idol to villain Russell.

Going into yesterday’s finale, I was rooting for Sandra and thought she played the best game, but after watching last night, I had a change of heart. I found myself rooting for Parvati, who I now believe played the best game this season and in my opinion is the best player in Survivor history. I believe Sandra had a lot of luck go her way, while Parvati had to win and scheme.



Tonight is the long awaited finale of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, and with four villains left standing, it is all but certain a villain will be crowned the $1 million winner during the 2 hour finale.

The favorites to win it all seem to be Parvati Shallow, Sandra Diaz-Twine, and Russell Hantz, as Parvati and Sandra are both past winners. The lone standing Hero Colby Donaldson has a good shot if he makes it to the finale two, however with Colby’s almost non existence game play this season, that seems unlikely.

Russell, who also has a good shot of making the final two, will likely not the $1 million prize. He has simply played too dirty, and will have a hard time getting votes in the end. The finale airs tonight on CBS at 8pm Eastern, followed by the reunion show at 10pm.

rupert boneham

Heroes tribe member Rupert Boneham found himself the latest castoff to be eliminated as he chose to align with Russell during the last episode.

In a new interview with PEOPLE, Rupert, 46, discusses his choice to align with Russell, why he turned on Sandra and why the Heroes could have won it all.

Excerpts from his interview below –

You couldn’t possibly have been surprised by that vote.
I knew my number was up at the last few tribal councils. The rock in my pocket trick gave me one more day and the villain infighting that resulted in them getting rid of Danielle bought me another. I tried to do it a third time by going to Russell and saying the girls were trying to get him and going to the girls and saying that Russell was at camp planning to vote them [off]. It just didn’t work that time.

Did anyone have a clue that Sandra had an idol?
None. It had been hours since I put that rock in my pocket and no one called me on it, so I figured it was still out there and the clue was too hard. Up until she stood up and played it, I thought I still had a chance at a tie.

Sandra and you were allies in Pearl Islands for awhile. She narced on Russell at the merge and seemed happy to flip yet you guys didn’t utilize that. Then you sold her out again last night? Why?
I was trying to play them against each other that last day. They didn’t show me asking her why she wrote my name down when she said she wanted to get rid of Parvati or Russell. Her answer was always the same — “I have to stick with my villains.” I never knew when to believe or trust her. I knew she was trying to be honest because Sandra’s my buddy but the other heroes wouldn’t listen. Then we tried to get Russell by explaining that the girls would gang up on him given the chance just like they had for the immunity challenge but he wouldn’t listen either.

Did you ever in a million years think the last Hero standing would be Colby?
Oh my gosh, no, because he’s been a wet noodle in this one. If James hadn’t gotten hurt, Colby would have never made it this far. I really like Colby, but he’s the last standing because no one sees him as a threat. He used to be a big threat.

Do villains play Survivor better?
A villain type has an advantage because they’re more willing to compromise their values and do whatever it takes to win. I’m not willing to do that. I have guidelines and boundaries and I like showing that it matters how you play the game. I still say that if the heroes had stood together, it would have been all heroes in the final five. We had the chance to show the game as positive and we each chose on our own not to. Amanda chose to tell Parvati everything, which is why she gave both those idols away. JT chose to go to the evil side and give Russell our idol. Candace chose to flip. A hero could win this game but it takes more than one. You need a team.


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