December 21, 2007 10:16 AM by Ryan Haidet
It was his dream come true. Todd Herzog, a flight attendant from Utah became the 15th person to win “Survivor.” Immediately following the finale, Reality TV Magazine’s Ryan Haidet had a few moments to chat with the winner.
Reality TV Magazine: What is it like to have just won that much money?
Todd Herzog: A million bucks is unreal. I can’t believe that I just won. I’m a 22-year-old millionaire. What else can I say? What else can I say?
RTVMAG: Being a fan of the show since day one, what was it like getting the phone call that said you had been selected?
Todd: Oh I just got goosebumps when you said that. I remember the phone call; it was only eight days before we actually flew to China, ’cause I had no idea. I got the phone call and it was a bunch of people clapping and they all yelled, “Congratulations you’re going to China.” And I just about died. I freaked out, ya know, this is my dream come true and I’m so proud.
RTVMAG: How many times did you actually try to get on the show?
Todd: This is my third time. I applied for Cook Islands, Fiji and this one. Fiji I made it to semifinals and made it all the way for this.
RTVMAG: Although you won, do you have any regrets about your game?
Todd: I have no regrets. Zero.
RTVMAG: Looking back at your experience, what would you say was the best moment?
Todd: My most memorable moment was when my little sister got to come and play with me in China. I think being able to share that with somebody that I love, that’s back at home, was an experience that very very few people get to do. And it was awesome.
RTVMAG: What are you taking from the whole experience?
Todd: Ya know, it’s just showed me that if you believe in something and want it bad enough go for it ’cause you can get it. And ya know, a lot of people will tell you, ‘No you can’t do this; no you’re not gonna be good enough,’ but yeah, you can – if you just believe and keep going.
RTVMAG: Any lifelong relationships out of this experience and is there anybody you don’t want to speak to ever again?
Todd: I love the cast, basically everybody on the cast. I’m best friends with Courtney, I love that girl so much. Frosti is an amazing guy; Amanda’s a great woman. These people are amazing. Denise rocks. I met some amazing people that I will love forever.”
RTVMAG: What was it like keeping the secret for all these months that you had made it to the final three and what was the pressure like not knowing if you had won?
Todd: The past few months have been kind of weird to be honest with you because I’ve been almost ornery because I can’t share this with anybody until now. I haven’t been able to tell anybody how far I got. People assumed things and guessed things, but to be able to finally say look at what I did, it’s amazing.
Who will follow in Todd’s footsteps and become the next winner? Tune in for the season premiere of “Survivor: Micronesia – Fans Vs. Favorites” to watch the battle begin in February.
Stop back tomorrow for an exclusive interview with fourth-place finisher, lunch lady Denise Martin.