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Survivor: Cagayan Interview — Morgan McLeod Says She’s Really Not Lazy

April 10, 2014 03:29 PM by Ryan Haidet


Lazy.  Queen.  A dying dog.  Definitely not the kindest of words, but these were all used to describe Morgan McLeod on Survivor: Cagayan by her fellow castaways.  The self-described cutie took a lot of heat — especially in the latest episode — but was it all warranted?  I spoke with Morgan about her apparent laziness and discussed her feelings toward Kass.  Interestingly, she is also the second person I’ve interviewed this season who says Trish is playing the best game (?!?!).  But my favorite nugget of info came when she talked about being selected for the show.  Turns out she was friends with two former One World contestants who got her in touch with casting.  As always, it’s all about who you know.

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Question: Watching the show back, how was it hearing your Tribal Council comments?

Morgan McLeod: I kind of cringed because I kind of came off as someone that I’m not. …  I am down-to-earth and people who know me know that I’m not like that even though I was perceived that way.


Question: Did you know you were getting voted out?

Morgan McLeod: Yeah, I had a good feeling I was getting voted out.  I just knew that Tony wanted to keep Kass comfortable and I was the complete opposite.  He knew it was the right choice to vote me out instead of making a strategic move and getting a physical threat like Jeremiah or Tasha.  She plays on her emotions and he knew that.


Question: Were you aware that Spencer had tried to sway Kass back to your side?  If so, were you happy about possibly working with her again?

Morgan McLeod: He told us, “I’m gonna go talk with Kass.”  He asked me if I would go apologize to her and try to talk to her, to just say I’m sorry.  I told him I can’t do that.  That’s just not who I am.  I’m not gonna fake this.  I don’t like her.  I didn’t want to make her feel like she won.  He did the talking and she didn’t buy it.  So, oh well.


Question: In your confessionals, you called Kass “ugly.”  What made her so ugly to you?

Morgan McLeod: Ugly is a pretty harsh word.  I was really upset when I said it.  I just think that she was way too emotional out there.  She made decisions that were so erratic and I don’t think she was the nicest person.  I don’t think I should have called her ugly.  I do think she was bitter.  I should have kept that to myself and maybe to someone like a best friend, not to the camera and all the world.  I will probably keep my mouth shut the next time, but I don’t necessarily like Kass.


Question: But when you called her ugly, were you talking about her personality or her actual looks?

Morgan McLeod: I think I meant just her as a person.  Everything.  I despised her at that moment.  I was so angry and I didn’t want to go off on her and scream in her face, so I told my feelings to the camera.  That’s how I came across and it’s unfortunate because I’m not a malicious, bratty girl.


Question: What is the reaction you’ve been getting from fans since you made the remarks about being cute at Tribal Council?  Are most people on your side or are you seeing a lot of criticism?

Morgan McLeod: It’s pretty split.  A lot of people in the older age range — around Kass — do not like me (laughs) because I think their feelings are hurt when I made the ageist comments.  But people who are more around my age are giving me praise.  I did sound very stuck up and I kind of regret that.  It’s sad that was the last thing you saw of me in the game was me making stuck-up remarks.  On the island we had so much fun and I’m a pretty d0wn-to-earth person.  I’m not just a lone wolf.  I think they’ve been calling me Ice Queen on Twitter saying I have no personality and no happiness (laughs).


Question: With so many people accusing you of being lazy, do you think there was any truth to it?

Morgan McLeod: I will admit I didn’t work as hard as maybe I should have.  But if they’re calling me lazy, I also think they should call Alexis and Jefra lazy as well because they were doing what I was doing.  I’m not a lazy person in real life.  It was hard.  It was hot.  I was hungry.  I was dehydrated and it felt good to lay down.  I definitely took advantage of it.


Question: Was there anything said about you that hurt your feelings?

Morgan McLeod: Nothing hurt my feelings.  I don’t take anything to heart, like with what people are saying on Twitter.  I think it’s also comical.  Kass and her remarks about how I’m lazy and an old dog, that’s funny.  I’m not the laziest person you’ve ever met like they portrayed me to be.  I am a hard worker.  And Tony has the funniest one-liners.  I’m just flattered to be a part of those one-liners that are so memorable.  Trish said some things, too, but it’s just game play.  I think Tony and Trish will vouch and say I’m not a terrible person.  Maybe Kass still thinks so, but I don’t really care about her opinion.


Question: What went through your mind when Sarah was voted out?

Morgan McLeod: I just wanted to take the approach that I was gonna ignore her (Kass) because I had nothing really nice to say.  I didn’t want to antagonize her.  I guess it still didn’t work.  She didn’t like that I was ignoring her.  She called me mean even though I had literally not talked to her.  When she told me to go get the water, that was the first time we had spoke since Tribal Council.  She, I guess, is very sensitive.  I think it’s better to be ignored than to have someone yelling at you.  I guess she wanted me to be all happy-go-lucky and forgive her, but I’m not about that.


Question: Who do you think is playing the best game so far?

Morgan McLeod: I think Trish.  She is doing very well.  A lot of people like her and respect her.  She also has some strategy behind it.  I didn’t really realize that out there in the game.  I see it more now being a viewer and watching how she’s making moves.  I just thought she was a follower, but seeing this, I think she could definitely go far and possibly win this game.


Question: Were you a fan of the twist at the start of the game having all three tribes separated by brains, brawn and beauty?

Morgan McLeod: No, I was actually really upset.  I felt like it really affected my strategy.  I did not want to go into the game playing the cute girl that flirted with the guys and followed them around.  The “beauty” label put an exclamation on that.  I also didn’t want to align with dumb girls that are cute and like me.  I thought it was going to be really cliquey.  I wanted to align with people that were more like middle of the road.  Maybe somebody a bit older, like Trish.  She is somebody I think I would have wanted to align with but I wasn’t able to.


Question: When I interviewed Brice earlier this season, he had nothing but positive things to say about you.  You have a huge fan in him.  What is your relationship like with Brice today?

Morgan McLeod: Brice is awesome.  We had such a great time out there.  I think he saw the real me.  He was probably laughing watching last night because he knows how helpful I really am.  Brice and I are friends.  He’s amazing.  I’m so sad he had to leave so early because I really think he was a force to be reckoned with out there.


Question: How did you get selected to be on the show?

Morgan McLeod: I met two previous contestants and they got me in contact with casting.  It was like a year-long process and I made it.  That is how I got on.

Question: Can you say which two people those were?

Morgan McLeod: I’m pretty sure people already know.  It’s Colton Cumbie and Matt Quinlan (both of Survivor: One World).

Question: How did you meet them?

Morgan McLeod: Matt was a mutual friend.  He lives in San Francisco where I’m from.  Colton just happened to be visiting Matt at the time.  So, I met them both at a bar and we just hit it off.  Colton and I hit it off.  Now, seeing that last episode, I’m sure people are totally seeing why Colton and I hit it off (laughs).  We had a lot of fun together and they got me in contact with casting.


What are your thoughts on what Morgan had to say in this interview?  Are you sad she was voted out?  Do you think she could have won the game?  Are you surprised to hear she thinks Trish is playing the best?  Sound off and leave a comment in the section below!

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