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Exclusive Interviews: Survivor David vs. Goliath’s Bi Nguyen and Natalia Azoqa Both Leave The Game Unexpectedly

Two women left the game of Survivor this week, both quite unexpectedly.

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Exclusive Interviews: Survivor David vs. Goliath’s Bi Nguyen and Natalia Azoqa Both Leave The Game Unexpectedly

We might have known that Bi‘s “quit” was coming. Last week, we saw her tweak her knee during a challenge, and there was a scene that showed that she was OK but that she was given a wrap and told she had a sprained MCL. Now, most every single contestant on Survivor experiences bumps, bruises, burns and various other injuries varying in severity, however injuries are not usually addressed on the show unless they somehow have something to do with the story-telling. Our inclinations were right, and it didn’t take long: Only a few minutes into the episode, Bi announced to everyone that she had made the decision to leave the game, fearing that further injuring her knee might jeopardize her MMA fighting career. Jeff was respectful, but did not mince words when he said “Bi has chosen to quit the game.” So headlines that read that this is the second medical evacuation of the season, following Pat Cusack, are a bit misleading. Yes, Bi had a significant injury, but her exit will go down in Survivor lore as a “quit,” not a “med-evac.”

Exclusive Interviews: Survivor David vs. Goliath’s Bi Nguyen and Natalia Azoqa Both Leave The Game Unexpectedly

Natalia Azoqa‘s exit was a bit more pronounced and different, but unexpected all the same. It was all good news for Goliaths after the tribe swap gave them the majority advantage at all three of the newly formed tribes, but Natalia was not resting on her laurels. She seemed tight with fellow Goliaths Kara and Alec, but she was definitely the most paranoid of the three, noticing that she wasn’t quite fitting in as well as some of her other former tribe mates. All seemed good in the hood though, because it would take a massively stupid, idiotic “big move” in order to disrupt the Goliath’s majority…but in this game you just never know. Alec – unbelievably – followed a “gut” feeling and decided to upset the apple cart. He didn’t do it with too much style either, whispering into the ears of several of the other players at Tribal, and making a big, confusing scene that didn’t have to be. When all was said and done, Alec inexplicably decided he would side with the two Davids, and blindsided Natalia…and for what? With Carl coming back into the game from Exile and joining their tribe, Alec just literally voted himself into the minority at his camp. But left to ponder and make sense of the night’s events was Natalia, who gave one of the most spirited – and angriest – walk-outs in Survivor history.

I had the chance to speak to both Bi and Natalia today on the FilmSurvivor Podcast (the full audio of which you can find and download at the bottom of this article). But here are some highlights from the interviews:

BI NGUYEN INTERVIEW

On her decision to leave the game:

Bi Nguyen: So after the challenge we had the medical team take a look at it, and Dr. Joe said it was sprained, it was inflamed, but it was not a tear so he was not medically evacuating me. We wrapped it up, went back to camp, and I spent the rest of the day trying to make my decision, trying over and over in my head to figure out how bad it was, the risk I was taking, and how bad I wanted to stay…I woke up [the next morning] and it was inflamed, it was huge, it was painful and so I made the decision that morning.

On being called a “quitter” versus a “medical evacuation”:

Bi: I can’t fault Jeff [for calling it a quit] because it is what it is, but also I feel like I was forced out of the game due to my injury. I feel like it was an impossible situation for me, so I hate that, I hate that everyone is saying I quit, I hate that it’s categorized that way. But in my heart and in my mind, I know what it was, and people that know me and my career and all my fans know that I was forced out of that competition due to injury. Technically, it wasn’t torn, but I couldn’t take that risk.

Exclusive Interviews: Survivor David vs. Goliath’s Bi Nguyen and Natalia Azoqa Both Leave The Game Unexpectedly

NATALIA AZOQA INTERVIEW

On what exactly happened at Tribal:

Natalia Azoqa: I mean you tell me, I don’t even know (laughs)…to be honest I [think it was just a stupid move]. I really think that he thought he was making a solid move in Survivor history and he wanted to look like he was making big moves for our tribe, because Natalia was getting too bossy and he didn’t want me to be in control. I really do think it was something like that going on in his head, maybe in the back of his mind, but he wanted Davie out and I didn’t want Davie out.

Exclusive Interviews: Survivor David vs. Goliath’s Bi Nguyen and Natalia Azoqa Both Leave The Game Unexpectedly

For much more from both Bi and Natalia, including my full interviews, please listen to the latest episode of the FilmSurvivor Podcast by clicking here.

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Remember! The next episode of Survivor: David vs. Goliath is next Wednesday, and be sure to check back here for my recap and reaction, as well as for my weekly podcast exit interview!

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