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Checking In With Survivor: The Australian Outback’s Rodger Bingham

September 20, 2011 04:52 PM by Ryan Haidet

You may remember him as “Kentucky Joe.”  When he competed back in 2001 on Survivor: The Australian Outback (season two), Rodger Bingham became an instant fan favorite.  At a charity event earlier this year, I had the chance to catch up with ol’ Kentucky Joe to see what he has been up to since he first appeared on Survivor.  Read on to see what Rodger had to say about Survivor‘s evolution, his current relationship with Elisabeth Hasselbeck and find out how close he was to competing on the show for a second time!

During my exclusive interview with Rodger, we covered a lot of ground (watch the interview below).  Yes, Rodger is still a fan of Survivor, but he says he is often stunned by the amount of food some of the recent contestants are given.  He even said he feels like some people may have actually gained weight during their experience.  As far as Redemption Island is concerned, Rodger is a fan of the twist.

You most likely remember that Rodger was very close with Elisabeth Hasselbeck when the two of them competed on Survivor before she became a controversial part of The View.  Although he doesn’t speak with her frequently, Rodger said both he and Elisabeth usually talk on the phone around the holidays.

What else did he have to say about Elisabeth’s fame and her outspoken nature?  How close was he to competing on Survivor for a second time?  Does Elisabeth still have the rock shaped like a heart that Rodger gave her during their time in the Outback?  Is he still getting recognized by fans of the show?  You have to watch the video below to find out!

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