'Survivor' Exit Interview: And Then, There Were Five
by Audrey Fine, posted May 14th 2010 3:10PM
"I wanna kill [him] right now," a super-annoyed Jerri Manthey said about last night's eliminated castaway on 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.' "I want him gone more than anything in the entire universe."
Sometimes, all you have to do is ask.
After 36 days and several narrow escapes, Rupert Boneham was sent to join the other six jury members at The Ponderosa, leaving Colby Donaldson as they only remaining Hero.
This week, the survivors got to see their loved ones, play with (and help promote) a super-cool Sprint Palm phone and scurry for positioning yet again. With five contestants remaining, and only one, two-hour episode left, it's still anyone's game.
(Read our 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' recap here.)
How does three-peater Rupert, who got $1 million as a fan favorite but concedes that he just "may not be destined to win 'Survivor,'" feel about his time on Samoa? What's his estimation of Russell Hantz? And, what on earth possessed him to make such a racket at such an ungodly hour? Answers ahead ...
Wow, Rupert, if looks could kill. The stare that you gave after getting your torch snuffed was downright vicious. Who were you looking at? We couldn't tell from the angle we got...
That look was first directed at Russell, then over to Sandra [Diaz-Twine]. Russell, I knew was evil, and I even tried calling him out and showing everyone around him that he was evil. And, Sandra had the nerve to come to me and stir things up. And, they both wrote my name down. It took all the self-control I had not to grab my torch and beat them both over the head with it.
The kids in my mentoring program will tell you that I don't get mad very often but when I get a certain look in my eye, watch out.
Obviously, going into last night's Tribal Council, no one knew that Sandra had the immunity idol. Tell us what was going through your mind when she stood up ...
I was hopeful that the idol was still hidden -- that the clue hadn't been enough for anyone to find it and that it was still out there. I also had hopes that maybe it would be a 3-3 tie between me and Sandra and that we'd be able to plead our cases and I'd be able to finagle and get one more night. But, then Jeff [Probst] asked if anyone had the idol and she stood up and my heart sank. Then, when the second piece of parchment had my name on it, I started gathering my stuff up. I knew it was over.
What possessed you to set about breaking all those logs and making all that noise when the rest of the tribe was sleeping? Seems like a recipe for ouster, clearly it annoyed Jerri to no end.
First of all, if I was breaking wood and sawing lumber "all night" [as Jerri said], I'd have had to have had a forest of wood out there. My tribe was so lazy that, while they got ready for bed, I'd break up the logs that I had dragged to camp that day, and throw 'em into the fire so that we'd still have one in the morning and have heat at night. No one ever complained to me about it. They'd only say "thanks for keeping the fire going" and never complained. And, I maybe broke wood for half an hour, 45 minutes, tops.
You hurt your toe in the first challenge. How is it?
When I finally got voted out, they took me to the hospital and did X-Rays. I had two broken toes, not one. So I was going through a game where they continually test how much pain you can take in your feet with two broken toes.
You said, "I may not be as tough as I was six years ago, but I'm still pretty darn tough."And you showed some serious acumen in the challenges -- especially those requiring concentration. To what do you attribute your ability of being able to focus so intently?
I like showing that the school of hard knocks is an amazing teacher. I've always been that guy who can use his mind to control pain. If you can ignore it, pain will go away.
We talked in 2004 after the 'All-Star' season, and when asked what people would be surprised to know about you, you said, "That I play Barbie with my daughter Raya." What would they be surprised to know now?
That I own an independent record label called Executive Music Group and it's getting ready to set a record. This week in Billboard, for the first time ever, I am the first indie label to have a No. 1 song three weeks in a row. It's by the band Dirty Heads and the song is 'Stand Tall.' [Ed. note: The band also had a No. 1 hit with 'Lay Me Down']