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Ousted 'Survivor' Contestant: 'Sash Is a Little Punk'

by Audrey Fine, posted Dec 9th 2010 5:00PM
Ah, the 'Survivor' blindside. There's nothing quite like it, especially at this late stage of the game when you really have to love it.

Unless, of course, you're the one whose butt was ousted.

Find out who was on the receiving end last night and what they have to say about it after the jump.


Poor Benry (nee Ben Henry) never saw it coming. He thought that he'd sold his pal Fabio down the river and that it was going to be smooth sailing for at least another day or two. Nope. Sneaky, slimy Sash spat all over their agreement and rallied his troops to send Ben to the Ponderosa. We didn't see it coming --and neither, as he told TV Squad today from his home in Los Angeles, did he.

So, how did the 24-year-old Colorado transplant feel about the ouster and his fellow players? What grossed him out more NaOnka quitting or Jane's flatulence? Read on to see what the articulate club promoter had to say for himself -- and about the others.

Ben Henry Benry Survivor NicaraguaThe way the show was edited last night, we, the audience, were genuinely surprised that you were the one sent packing. You must've been too, since moments earlier you seemed to think you'd live to see another day -- at Fabio's expense.

I was definitely as shocked as you were. I thought it was a mutual consensus that Fabio was going to be sent packing but obviously Sash saw me as a bigger threat, which I guess is a compliment. It might not have been the smartest move -- they could have told me about it ahead of time and prevented some of the "hard feelings" that would come to the surface later.

So, it was all Sash's doing. He's a shifty one.

Yeah, he's pretty tough to watch. He's a little punk ... he's a dirt rat now, he's so creepy. I saw through him the entire game. Also, I didn't really realize 'til watching it that Chase didn't trust me or that that's the way he felt.

Being a club promoter in L.A. doesn't exactly prepare you for being a contestant on 'Survivor.' What made you think you could do it?

I'm a Denver boy at heart, but I'm out here in L.A in the film industry and I'm around so many different kinds of people -- people of different races and ages. I thought I could relate to everybody. I thought I could go in, befriend people, lay low and be cool. There's a lot of manipulation in club promoting. You're selling people on things ... I thought my job prepared me well for 'Survivor.'

In your CBS.com bio you cite "snoring, name droppers and flakes" as your pet peeves. What peeved you most around camp?

Well, there was quite a lot of snoring going on -- Marty and Dan, too. There wasn't much sleeping going on. Also gross body things. Jane would fart in her sleep, or she'd be cooking rice and fart and would look up and be like "oh my stomach hurts." Also, you saw him pee in the pool, but Fabio also peed all over our firewood one night after drinking a bottle of rum after the merge.

You made no bones about being disgusted by NaOnka and Kelly's decision to quit and at one point you said "Quitters never win and winners never quit." Were those kinds of messages drilled into you as a kid?

Absolutely. I was raised by that motto and live by it. Quitting is never something I would contemplate. As tough as it was during that first week, and it was tough -- I would question myself "what have I gotten myself into?" [but] I'd never, ever have quit. It says a lot about their character and who they are as people. I wouldn't be able to sleep at night and I'd be haunted.

Over the weeks of talking to the ousted players, most have said that the weather was the roughest part of the experience, while some said it was the lack of food or the sleep deprivation that was most challenging. Which was it for you?

I sort of got used to the no sleep. I'd man the fire all night, talk to whoever woke up so the sleep wasn't nearly as bad as the weather, which was hands down brutal. As viewers you don't see how bad it was. There would be monsoon downpours for days on end, you wouldn't even see a ray of sunshine. It was pretty tough.

Then again, I was starving. I was so freaking hungry it was unbelievable but your stomach adjusts and you get used to eating rice.

What about when you went on rewards that had food components, like the 'Gulliver's Travels' one? How did your body handle all that junk food?

I think everybody got sick after that reward. We were eating hot dogs with peanut M&Ms and nacho cheese on them and I think I drank six extra-large Coca-Colas. The next day it was the third time I went No. 2 the entire game.

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