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Survivor: Philippines — Katie Hanson Weighs In On Her Experience

October 28, 2012 11:16 AM by Ryan Haidet

Katie Hanson (who?) was cut loose from the Kalabaw tribe shortly before the two remaining tribes merge into one on Survivor: Philippines.  Definitely edited out of most of this season, Katie said in an exit interview with reporters that she’s not upset whatsoever that she wasn’t included much in the show’s final product.  She also explains more about the rice deal at the Reward challenge before referring to Carter Williams as a little boy who follows Jeff Kent around.

Question: You weren’t included in much of the season.  Does it hurt your feelings that a lot of your story wasn’t showcased like some of the other players?

Katie Hanson: They have to do what they have to do to get viewers and people are familiar with these “celebrity stars” that they chose for this series.  I’m sure they bring in a lot of attention and they have to do what they have to do.  Am I sad?  It could have been worse.  They could have portrayed me worse because they got all this footage of me acting crazy while I was in the rain and everyone was miserable.  At the end of the day I’m happy with my edit.  It could have been a lot worse.  I’m proud of the game that I played.  I did the best with the cards I was dealt.  There’s no way that I’m upset.  To be on this show at all is just such a blessing.  No way I’m upset.

Question: Were you surprised to learn about Jeff Kent’s pro baseball past?

Katie Hanson: Oh my God, I was shocked.  I would never have guessed in a million years that he was a pro ball player.  But I guess it kind of made sense.  For someone who’s middle-aged, he was definitely a very very big asset to us winning our challenges and stuff like that.  But it was shocking ‘cause I never ever thought that he was anything more than a rancher.

Question: Were you really blindsided?

Katie Hanson: I was pretty convinced that it was gonna be me when I walked into our shelter and without even prying, Penner says, “It’s Denise!”  It was like, “What?!?!  Where did that come from?”  When I asked Jeff, his response was very unusual.  He doesn’t act like that.  It was just weird.  I was like, OK, something’s up with me.  It’s gotta be me.  I tried to give it a fighting shot and I tried convince them, like, “Hey.  Here’s your opportunity to get rid of Penner.  We can make this happen, you just have to work with me here.”  It seemed like they were convinced, but obviously they weren’t.

Question: What did you think of the deal to trade the rice during the deadlocked Reward challenge?

Katie Hanson: I thought it was, at the time, an excellent deal because Tandang has had a leg up on us as far as food is concerned.  They’ve won steak, they’ve won muffins and cookies and chocolate and coffee.  They’ve got all these great things and we’re stuck with what we started with.  To hear the idea that we could have this great lunch, it’s like, oh my God, I’d give my leg for it.  In retrospect, it’s like, OK, that was kind of stupid because now we don’t have any food and what I just ate just went through me because I’ve been starving for so long. …  I think that Skupin made the better end of the bargain because he did a great job in starving us out.

Question: Did Tandang question the amount of rice you guys actually had or did they just make the knee-jerk decision?

Katie Hanson: They did ask.  They said, “How much rice do you have?” and we said it’s about half full, which was true.  We used our rice very sparingly and half the time we couldn’t get a fire to cook the rice and the rice is obviously not very tasty if it’s not cooked.  I think the deal was pretty fair.  I think they ended up with a good quantity of rice.  From the looks of it, they were hurting on rice.  I think, for the long run, they ended up making the better decision.  Ours was very temporary.  The good feeling we got from it, the Reward.  Theirs was definitely more thought-out of a plan and I think they did a good job at starving us out.

Question: Why did Carter seem to have a sudden change of heart about the deal after initially agreeing to it?

Katie Hanson: When he speaks, I’m not gonna say no one listened, but yeah, kind of.  He did say something like, “I don’t this is a good idea.”  But if Jeff (Kent) thought it was a good idea, then he thought it was a good idea.  Jeff thought it was a good idea, so, in turn, he thought it was a good idea.  But then, once everyone was hungry, he goes back to “I told you so.  I knew this wasn’t a good idea.”  But, you know, he doesn’t ever speak up too loudly.  He’s an interesting character. …  He followed Jeff around like a little boy and went with everything dad told him to do.  I think that it could work for him.  Who knows?  People have gotten far in this game by doing that.

Question: How much did Dana’s departure shake up everything for you?

Katie Hanson: I am so depressed that Dana left because that pretty much ended my chances at Survivor.  It is a shame because originally Denise did side with us and as soon as she sided with us, Dana ran off and got sick.  I was kind of shattered.  But our number one target was gonna be Carter because Carter made Jeff a lot more powerful in the game.  We all knew Penner had the Idol, so it was kind of like we could just pick them off.

What do you think of Katie’s comments?  Were you surprised she was voted out of the game before the merge?  Sound off and leave a comment below!

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