In a new interview, the 25-year-old three time player of Survivor speaks out on her catfight with Danielle, what she thinks of Candice’s flipping, and her thoughts on Russell. She also reveals she is done with Survivor for good.
Excerpts from Amanda’s interview with TV Guide is below -
TVGuide.com: As you entered that tribal council, what did you think your chances were of going home?
Amanda Kimmel: I knew they were good because a lot of talk happened before the tribal council, like Russell pulled Candice aside, and then I pulled her aside after that, and then he’d pull her back and it was like a tug of war between me and Russell with Candice. I knew there were good odds that I was going to home. But I really did think that Candice was going to vote with us, just because I really tried to explain the benefit of her voting that way instead of just saying she had to save me.
TVGuide.com: Why do you think Candice flipped to Russell’s side?
Amanda: I think Russell got in her head, to be honest. I think he told her he wanted to be in the final two with her or something and she bought it. Candice and I had a rough relationship at the beginning of the game. We didn’t like each other, we didn’t trust each other and then we kind of fought everything out and I thought we had a really solid bond, so I was surprised that she, even with Sandra wanting to vote with us, wanted to go with the Villains … Candice had a plan and I didn’t want to do the plan and that was another reason why that happened … I think she was nervous with all the power Russell had over people. I think she wanted to be the first one to switch over.
TVGuide.com: Obviously one of the big moments was the fight between you and Danielle for the clue. What was going through your mind at that time?
Amanda: I knew that my team was going to be toast if I didn’t find that. I’ve never heard any rules over the clues, because this is really the first time they’ve done this, so I seriously thought that whoever had it, had it. Like anyone can see it, anyone can have it. I don’t know what the exact rule is, so I didn’t know that the first person is that one that has it. I thought anyone could have it. So I was like, why not just take it? If I don’t, we’re toast, and Colby’s here, so it’s two against one, so we might as well just try it. I grabbed it and I should have just ran. I wanted to run to the bathroom, lock the door, read it and get rid of it, but that didn’t happen. Colby obviously didn’t help me. He made me feel so bad about it.
TVGuide.com: How does it feel to be the first person to reach 100 days on? If they asked, would you play Survivor again?
Amanda: No, my Survivor career is over. I’m really proud that I went over 100 days. I never thought I would do anything like this in my whole life … but I mean I wouldn’t come back. It takes a long time to get over. It’s hard to explain it, but it’s mentally and physically really hard on your body and I don’t want to put myself through it again.
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