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James Clement's 'Survivor' Exit Interview

by Audrey Fine, posted Mar 26th 2010 3:00PM
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. Hobbled "Hero" James Clement was the fifth in his tribe to have his torch snuffed and cocky Tyson Apostol became the second Villain ousted from the game.

And this wasn't the first time an injury caused James' downfall -- which he couldn't quite believe. "I went 32 years without ever being in a hospital," he told AOL TV in his exit interview. (Click here to read what Tyson, who, despite all evidence to the contrary, maintains that he's "still pretty awesome," had to say for himself after his ouster.)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. Hobbled "Hero" James Clement was the fifth in his tribe to have his torch snuffed and cocky Tyson Apostol became the second Villain ousted from the game.

And this wasn't the first time an injury caused James' downfall -- which he couldn't quite believe. "I went 32 years without ever being in a hospital," he told AOL TV in his exit interview. (Click here to read what Tyson, who, despite all evidence to the contrary, maintains that he's "still pretty awesome," had to say for himself after his ouster.)

In the episode, immunity challenge had players from both tribes vying for individual immunity. Villainous Boston Rob Mariano won yet again, while on the Heroes side" Candice Woodcock (who had a big target on her back) managed to secure her only shot of staying in the game. Rob went on to beat Candice for a a lavish meal of hot dogs and a chance to watch the Heroes throw down at their Tribal Council.

Back on Hero beach, Colby Donaldson wasted no time calling out the elephant in the camp. "I know I'm going home tonight, so there's no need for any scrambling ... so let's just have a good relaxed afternoon," the once ferocious competitor told his tribe.

But Colby's complacency didn't sit well with James. "There's no way that's the Colby of old, one of the baddest competitors ever," an incredulous James told the camera. "He hasn't done anything and it's almost brought me to tears. It's like my Superman sucks."

While Colby was resigned to going home, several members of his tribe weren't sure that he should, considering James' injured knee. "We have to see the big picture here," said Tocantins winner J.T. Thomas. "[We have to] look outside our friendships and find the winning combination."

And, look outside the friendships they did. The entire tribe, even his long-time BFF, Amanda Kimmel, wrote James' name down at Tribal Council. "Have a shot for me," shouted J.T. to his friend as he limped off the set. "I'm gonna be good and drunk in five minutes," the big man assured.



So, how does former ditch-digger James -- who recently moved to Los Angeles from his native Louisiana to pursue a modeling and/or acting -- feel about having an injury ruin his shot again? (He was medically evacuated from 'Survivor: Micronesia' because of a problem with his finger.) Let's see...

First off, how's the knee?
Coming along but it's not healing right. I pulled my ACL and meniscus and they [went in] and repaired that but something's still not right, so I have to get surgery again. I must've gotten some kind of jungle bug or something.

For a guy who must be used to his body being there for him, it's got to be incredibly frustrating to be sidelined by an injury again. Have you had many injuries outside of the game?

Honestly, I went 32 years without ever being in a hospital and then on my second season, that's where I ended up. Then this! I'm getting old on TV and falling apart!

You seemed genuinely distraught over Colby's lack of fire. What do you think was going on with him?
I don't know. I have no idea but it's so upsetting. Colby was everything I looked for and strived to be when I first wanted to play this game. I just wanted to be like him. But this time he didn't care. He couldn't pull his own or be a team player. He'd hit us with passive-aggressive stuff and just couldn't get into it.

When you first got off the chopper and looked around, were there ex-Survivors you were hoping would be there who weren't?
The other guy I love is Ozzy [Lusth]! He should've been there. I don't know why he wasn't.

What was the luxury item you got back when the Heroes won the challenge?
It was one of the [two] immunity idols I had in my pocket when I got voted off my first season [in China]. Cirie [Fields] has it now. She and I were working on some idea to play it , but then she got sent home and she still has it!

You're driving cross country. Which of your tribe mates gets shotgun? Who has to ride in the trunk?
J.T. has to ride shotgun. It'll upset Amanda, but if we're driving cross country, it's just too long and she's not a good enough driver. And, in the trunk? Let's say Stephenie [LaGrossa]. I know you want me to say her, so I'll help you out.

You've won it twice before, so do you think you're going to bag the $100,000 Fan's Vote prize this season?
Nah, it's kind of impossible. I love television but [the editing this time didn't help my cause]. The odds of me winning are not good.

Did the whole "banana etiquette" controversy turn you off of bananas for life or do you still eat 'em?
[Laughing] Every time I go to [grocery store] Ralphs, I laugh when I see those little bananas. I still eat them just to get them off the earth - that way I really did eat ALL of the bananas.

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