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Kelly Bruno Interview

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.

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