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Tyson Apostol's 'Survivor' Exit Interview

by Audrey Fine, posted Mar 25th 2010 3:30PM
Thanks to March Madness, 'Survivor' fans got their fill a day early when a double elimination episode of 'Heroes vs. Villains' aired Wednesday and sent two players packing; Tyson Apostol became the second ousted "Villain" of the season and the hobbled "Hero," James Clement, limped in the footsteps of four before him.

In a carabiner-through-ropes challenge that had players from both tribes vying for individual immunity, Candice eked out a victory over her fellow heroes -- effectively keeping her neck off the chopping block -- and Boston Rob prevailed, yet again, for the villains.

When the two winners were pitted against each other in the same challenge for a sudden death "hot dogs and all the fixins" reward, Rob triumphed and his band of dastardly bad guys were licking their lips in anticipation of chowing on franks while watching the Heroes throw down at their Tribal Council.

Check out the interview after the jump.Thanks to March Madness, 'Survivor' fans got their fill a day early when a double elimination episode of 'Heroes vs. Villains' aired Wednesday and sent two players packing; Tyson Apostol became the second ousted "Villain" of the season and the hobbled "Hero," James Clement, limped in the footsteps of four before him.

In a carabiner-through-ropes challenge that had players from both tribes vying for individual immunity, Candice eked out a victory over her fellow heroes -- effectively keeping her neck off the chopping block -- and Boston Rob prevailed, yet again, for the villains. When the two winners were pitted against each other in the same challenge for a sudden death "hot dogs and all the fixins" reward, Rob triumphed and his band of dastardly bad guys were licking their lips in anticipation of chowing on franks while watching the Heroes throw down at their Tribal Council.

Back at camp, Rob, who was chomping at the bit to show Russell once and for all that he was "out of his league," set forth the strategy for his alliance. "We need to split the vote," he told Sandra, Jerri, Coach, Tyson and Courtney. "Three of us vote for Parvati, three of us vote for Russell. [That way] there's a tie and a re-vote means one of those two is going home. If Russell plays the idol, that means she's going. If he gives her the idol, he's going home. We can't lose."

All sounded good on paper until Russell approached Tyson to say that, even though it pained him to do it, he was going to vote for Parvati. "If there was any way I could've tried to save her I would have," an apparently upset Russell confessed, "but I gotta play this game for myself."

And play for himself he did. At Tribal, with all the votes cast, Russell -- in a move that showed Rob once and for all he's earned his place in the game -- gave his immunity idol to Parvati, saving her from elimination and knocking a totally stunned Tyson right out of the game.

"Oh man, I have nobody to blame but myself," Tyson said after the vote. "I was the victim of my own stupidity."

So how does the cocky Utah native, who said he came back to the game a second time for the "free tropical island getaway, an excuse to not brush my teeth and the potential of a fat pay check," feel about having been duped by Russell?

Let's find out. [Note: Tomorrow we'll talk to James Clement about his knee and whether the injury was what really got him sent home.]

What happened to you last night pretty much defines being "blindsided." Why did you think you could trust Russell?

That's not what happened. [It was the edit] that made it seem like that. I did not trust Russell and he did not convince me to vote for Parvati. I had told him what was going on with the three of us voting for the two of them. I wanted to get rid of Parvati more than Russell because I thought she had friends or alliances on the other side. I knew Russell had the idol because Coach told me and we convinced him he had to play it. I think he knew the cards were stacked against them and that he was thinking, "Whether I go now or next week, I may as well leave with a shred of dignity." He just got lucky. I switched my vote seconds before they were read. No one knew I was doing it. No one.

My getting voted off is only fitting though. The only person strong and smart enough to take out the smartest and strongest person in 'Survivor' history did. I took myself out.

When Jeff asked her why you were a threat, Parvati told him that you are "funny and charming." Are you?

[Deadpans] No. That's a fallacy. Do not laugh at that! I would consider myself funny and charming. I think that I could go to Final Tribal Council against any of the 300+ 'Survivor' contestants and win the million dollars easily because of my charm alone. I am so charming that no one else would stand a chance. And Russell is the exact opposite of that. I think that in a million years against whoever, that he could never win a game of 'Survivor.'

Randy told us that he was surprised you aligned yourself so tightly with Courtney from the get go. What was your rationale there?

My rationale was to take someone weaker than me and someone stronger and align with them. Someone weaker will keep you in the game after the merge. On top of that, if everyone's voting out the weak there's a buffer between them getting voted off and you. It made sense. With Rob it was the same thing. I don't know that he's stronger than me, but he's as strong. If you're as big a threat as I am, you have to align yourself with the big threats so you're not the target.

Was there any player you'd hoped would be there that wasn't?

I was a little disappointed to see a lot of the "threepeats" there. I was stoked to see Rob, but not to see Rupert and James . I'm a fan of the game players -- the guys who are out there to win the game at all costs. I've seen Jerri whine on TV for two seasons and to watch her do it in person wasn't a thrill for me.

I thought they were going to have more physical players who could compete with me. Guys with speed and balance like Eric from 'Fans and Favorites' and maybe Ozzy. It would have been fun to go up against them and show who was better.

What was the luxury item you didn't get back when the Heroes won the challenge?
Luxury items are tricky for me because I don't really care. They say "bring something sentimental" and I've already thrown all that stuff away. They say "bring something someone gave you" and everybody just gives me garbage. I wanted to bring a Boogie board because I thought it would be so awesome when they're all sitting around scheming all day and I was out there [riding waves]. We finally settled on an aluminum telescopic backscratcher, it could extend so you could scratch people from a distance.

You're driving across the country. Who rides shotgun? Who rides in the trunk?
Rob gets shotgun, but he'll probably want to drive. As for the trunk, I don't really have anybody like that. Anyone who wants to can sit in the back seat and partake in the conversation. A little.

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