October 03, 2013 02:06 PM by Ryan Haidet
Ah, Colton Cumbie. The much-despised Survivor castaway has done it again. After an apparent medical problem resulted in his elimination on Survivor: One World, Colton, one of the most controversial contestants ever, threw in the towel and quit Survivor: Blood Vs. Water. It was a choice not taken lightly by host Jeff Probst who berated Colton for quitting. Probst accused Colton of faking a medical condition so he could quit the first time and called him out for being a lousy player. I had the opportunity to chat with Colton where he took some shots back at Probst for picking on him. But that’s not all… Colton claims he didn’t quit for selfish reasons — but quit because he’s a selfless person. How? Jump inside the article to find out!
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: There’s been a lot of speculation that you manufactured your own elimination the first time you played on Survivor: One World. Jeff Probst has made that claim multiple times. Is that in fact true? Have you quit the game twice now?
Colton Cumbie: No. That is not true at all. I don’t understand why Probst thinks that I voluntarily left the game in One World. Everything was going my way. I had complete control of the men. I had a hidden Immunity Idol in my pocket. I had complete control of the tribe I was on. It just doesn’t make sense. I can’t fathom a reason that actually would make sense as to why I would voluntarily quit the game.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: Many fan sites are expressing mixed feelings about the way Probst was talking to you after you quit the game. Some say he gave you what you deserved while others labeled him as a bully. Do you think he was bullying you or do you understand his reaction because he’s always been very vocal about hating quitters?
Colton Cumbie: I’m not going to use the term “bullying.” I think it’s such an over-exaggerated term these days and I think it really desensitizes it to kids who actually are being bullied. But I think it’s kind of laughable that Jeff is berating me for quitting and using it as an excuse to say, “Other people would kill to be in my shoes.” Then why don’t you actually give those people a chance instead of finding people at taco stands and on street corners and recruiting all of these people?
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: You said in the episode that you were tired of people hating you from the first time you played. But did it cross your mind that diehard fans — many of whom would love to play the game — hate quitters more than anything?
Colton Cumbie: Yeah, it did. But maybe this was the best move for me. That’s all I was concerned about. What’s my best move right now? For Jeff to say, “It’s very selfish, you’re hurting your tribe.” Well who the hell cares? The person I care about (Caleb) is on the other tribe. I told him, I don’t care about this tribe. Why would I?
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: Did you go into that Redemption Island duel knowing you were going to quit or was that a decision you made right then and there?
Colton Cumbie: I had pretty much made up my mind ahead of time. I spent a lot of time strategizing with myself because there was nobody else to do it with. I came to the conclusion that how can I win this game without me actually being the winner? Obviously, that’s Caleb. So I thought, what’s going to propel Caleb the furthest in this game? What’s going to get him to the end? If I voluntarily leave this game, they (Galang tribe) won’t have me to vote out and they have to target somebody else. Then, I could also effectively take the target off of Caleb because I felt I was the biggest target for him. Me leaving would light a fire under him and make him really play hard.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: So you’re saying that your decision to quit ultimately rested in trying to push Caleb deeper in the game?
Colton Cumbie: Definitely. I knew I was gonna be voted out. I just kept thinking, why would I want to put Caleb in the position to switch with me (at Redemption Island)? I knew it wouldn’t even be a question for him. I knew he would trade. What really set me off was Aras actually came up to me and told me, “Caleb is going to take your place. We all know that.” … I wasn’t going to even let Caleb to be put in that position.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: Were your tribemates aware you were going to quit or did you keep it quiet?
Colton Cumbie: I don’t know. I think some of them might have known. I’m not really sure. I really don’t know. I didn’t really talk to them.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: Do you regret the decision to leave?
Colton Cumbie: I’m totally OK with it.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: In the occurrence they ever asked you to play again, would you?
Colton Cumbie: No. Absolutely not.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: Why not?
Colton Cumbie: I’m so tired of going out there and it not being what I expect either time I’ve played. I wanted to go out there the first time, I had my game plan and you put me on a tribe of all men. I go out there, I want to play with Caleb, and you take him away from me. I don’t know what else they could throw at me. I have a very politically incorrect joke, but I won’t say it.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: You can say it if you want.
Colton Cumbie: No, it’s OK.
What do you think of Colton’s comments? Do you believe that he didn’t quit the first time? Are you convinced he truly quit to benefit his fiance, Caleb? Do you think Probst was too tough on him? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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