October 11, 2013 08:00 AM by Ryan Haidet
Her legacy will forever be: “F*ck you, Brad Culpepper!” Marissa Peterson, an outspoken, strong competitor voted out of Survivor: Blood Vs. Water far too early became arch enemies with the former NFL player. Her time at Redemption Island Arena involved multiple duels: The actual competition to stay alive and her war of words with Brad. I spent some time chatting with Marissa today to find out how she feels about Brad now and how she felt watching him get voted out. Jump in and enjoy!
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: You clearly weren’t the biggest Brad Culpepper fan during your time on the show. Do you still have any animosity toward him today?
Marissa Peterson: Ummm… Maybe a wee bit, a wee bit. Yeah, because I do really feel he was the person who basically sent me to Redemption. I hurt his feelings, I stepped on his toes and that’s why I was there. Definitely. Definitely. More so when I watch the show back and I see his confessionals. Part of the reason I was getting so heated at the duels is because he was saying one thing to everybody’s faces and then say something completely else when he’s alone. He’s like, “I am running the show and everybody knows it.”
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: When you were at Redemption Island with Candice, did the two of you discuss Brad at length.
Marissa Peterson: Not so much. Just when Rachel came in and was telling us how the tribe was acting. We were talking about our own lives. We’re talking about things that we have in common. She’s telling me about her man, I”m telling her about mine. Brad probably got a few hours in before we got to the duels when we were trying to plan out what we were going to say.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: Were you rooting for Brad to get voted off so you could square off against him at Redemption Island?
Marissa Peterson: I was thinking that everybody was going to let Brad do whatever he wants and he would make it to the merge. I was surprised. But thank goodness he was voted off. I was trying to use the little time I did have to voice my opinion and maybe influence some of the tribe’s decisions. I would have loved to face off against him.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: How did you feel watching Brad get voted out?
Marissa Peterson: I was jumping up and down like, “Yes! Caleb! Yes!” I’m glad he took advantage of that moment because he would not have been able to do that at another time. I don’t think he would have been able to pull that off at the camp. I feel like that play would have only worked right then and there at that moment. I was ecstatic. I was really happy. But it was kind of awkward with Brad patting everybody on the back saying, “I still like you. I still like you.”
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: How tired are you of talking about Brad Culpepper?
Marissa Peterson: (Laughs) I don’t know. He was a huge part of my game. I would not be in the position that I was if it hadn’t been for him. So, it’s reasonable.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: You fought hard to stay in each duel. But when you watched Colton Cumbie quit the game, what was your reaction? Were you happy he left? Were you disgusted with him?
Marissa Peterson: I definitely did not have the same reaction as the viewers did at home after reading things that the said, but honestly, I’m thinking this is one less person that I have to take down. I was thrilled.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: How did you end up being the loved one selected to compete with your uncle, Gervase?
Marissa Peterson: Because I was the best choice for him and he knew it (laughs). It just all kind of worked out. He does have a daughter, my age, who just had a baby. So it seemed I was just the right person to go out there with him. We thought our relationship would really play to our advantage (not being a couple) because no matter what, we’re always going to be uncle and niece. We’re always gonna love each other, but we are able to have that more playful and competitive mindset without having to worry about if I go up against him in this challenge how is he going to feel about me. That’s why he threw it in my face when they won that first challenge. This is part of the game and that’s why I was so shocked when my tribe took that so personally because you would have thought I would have taken it more personally than anybody else.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: Had the roles been reversed and Gervase would have been voted out early in the game instead of you, would you have sacrificed yourself and swapped places with him at Redemption Island?
Marissa Peterson: I would have said the same thing he said: “Handle your business.”
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: Did it bother you that Gervase didn’t swap with you?
Marissa Peterson: I actually was not expecting Jeff Probst to give us the option. I felt like a deer in the headlights. That’s why I just asked him what he thought we should do. If I would have been like “please, please, please switch with me,” he would’ve switched with me. But then I didn’t know about the dynamic on the Galang tribe and thought maybe they would have voted me off right away.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: What question haven’t you been asked today? What do you want people to know about your time on the show?
Marissa Peterson: Because you don’t really get to see that much on Redemption, I wish people would have seen that I was a good fisher. I was catching fish out there and was really proud of myself. I was basically doing all of the things the men were doing at Tadhana and doing them by myself. That made me really proud.
What are your thoughts on what Marissa had to say? Do you think she was right in saying “F*ck you” to Brad? Are you disappointed she was an early elimination? Who is your favorite left in the game? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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