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Coach's 'Survivor' Exit Interview

by Audrey Fine, posted Apr 9th 2010 4:50PM
Benjamin "Coach" Wade became the latest victim to succumb to the chaos in his tribe on Thursday night's episode of 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,' as the once formidable Villains lost even more ground to the reinvigorated Heroes.

The Villains had a tough time re-grouping after last week's ouster of 'Boston' Rob Mariano and, after a "bowling for carbs" reward saw the heroes win their third straight challenge -- and chow down on pizza galore -- morale dipped even lower.

Back at Villain central, as per usual, people began jockeying for position. Scheming Sandra Diaz-Twine hatched a plan to save her -- and fellow weak link, Courtney Yates -- "I'll be like, 'Hey Russell, Coach wants you gone.' And I'll bet that Russell [Hanz] will believe me and get rid of Coach," Sandra plotted.

Read the interview after the jump.Benjamin "Coach" Wade became the latest victim to succumb to the chaos in his tribe on Thursday night's episode of 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,' as the once formidable Villains lost even more ground to the reinvigorated Heroes.

The Villains had a tough time re-grouping after last week's ouster of 'Boston' Rob Mariano and, after a "bowling for carbs" reward saw the heroes win their third straight challenge -- and chow down on pizza galore -- morale dipped even lower.

Back at Villain central, as per usual, people began jockeying for position. Scheming Sandra Diaz-Twine hatched a plan to save her -- and fellow weak link, Courtney Yates -- "I'll be like, 'Hey Russell, Coach wants you gone.' And I'll bet that Russell [Hanz] will believe me and get rid of Coach," Sandra plotted.

Sounded good on paper but a disastrous performance by Courtney in the mud-gets-in-your-eye obstacle course immunity challenge stoked a tribe-wide indecision about the vote that came down to the wire. And, when push came to shove, Russell opted to keep Coach -- but it was too late. The Dragon Slayer was ousted by a margin of 4:3 and became the first member of the jury.

"I'm probably more pissed off than I've been in a number of years," a shocked Coach said to the camera on the way out. "I'm not a very vindictive person, but I hope they get wiped off the face of the map." Yikes. Those are fighting words.

But, does the self-aggrandizing symphony conductor/women's soccer coach still feel that way? Only one way to find out ... let's ask.

Ok, Coach. You, understandably, had some harsh words for your tribemates after getting axed. Was that just the anger of the moment talking or do you still harbor resentment?
I'm ashamed of myself. [Laughs] It was almost like I was so in shock that the tribe would continue to sabotage themselves. I'm not the type to get mad and I laughed out loud when I saw my self say that last night. I have a great-amount of respect for the players on my tribe and I don't harbor any ill will -- if I did, I'd be less of a man.

Going into Tribal, you asked Russell, "Any funny stuff going on?" He denied that anything was askew. Why did you believe him so readily?

Replaying that scene over in my mind, I remember him saying 'everything's still cool,' and I told him that I was going to vote for who I said I'd vote for. I got a little feeling then, but when someone gives me their word as a Christian man, I believe them. I was gullible. Some players in this game play on people's weaknesses and just tell them they want to hear. My mind doesn't work like that -- it's not worth it. Even though this is just a show, it's also four months of our lives and the game has a lasting impact.

Even though your tribe lost, you seemed to be a pretty good bowler -- had the form down pat. Do you hit the lanes with any regularity?
[Laughs] I totally got hosed on that! Amanda nicked her pin and two fell! Glad you liked my form, as Carlos Casteneda once said, "A warrior acts as if he knows what he is doing, when in effect he knows nothing." And one of my favorite movies is 'The Big Lebowski' so maybe that's how I picked it up. I'm actually in a bowling league now!

You became the first member of the jury. What are we going to see happen on 'The Ponderosa' (on CBS.com) this season?
I think that the videos are pretty entertaining and not just because I'm in them. When I got voted off on 'Tocantins' I had a hard time there so this time I wanted to make myself the "Protector of the Ponderosa" (P.O.P.) – I wanted to make it a safe haven for everyone.

When you get voted off, it's your worst night. Your mind plays tricks on you, you replay everything in your head, second-guessing every move. Even last night after watching my final episode, I stayed awake until 4AM reliving every bit of it.

Where there any former 'Survivor' contestants that you'd hoped would be on board this time 'round that weren't?
I was hoping that Richard Hatch would be there. And Natalie [White from 'Samoa'] and Corrinne [Kaplan from 'Gabon'].

Who is cooler than they come across on TV?
D. Slayer. [Laughs] I really am a nice guy. But, seriously, I'd have to say Tyson [Apostle]. He's the only guy that really gave a rip about me. There's a different side to him. He was very conscientious and caring.

You're driving cross country. Which of your tribemates gets to ride shot gun? Who has to be in the trunk?
Randy [Bailey] is sitting there as co-pilot. Tyson's sprawled out in the back seat. And, we've just thrown Russell off the roof.

Who's the best fictional or real villain of all time?
Hmm ..."best" villain? That's an oxymoron. I'd have to say Russell, though. He personifies evil. Let me put it this way: He has got to be the most vicious villain that's ever played the game.

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