Russell Hantz… Ummm… No. His name is one Laura Morett wouldn’t even acknowledge when our own Ryan Haidet interviewed her at the Survivor: Blood Vs. Water finale. Each time his name was uttered or anything about him was hinted, Laura asked, “Who?” as if she never met the infamous Survivor villain. That was just the tip of the interview iceberg. One name she didn’t ignore, however, was that of her own daughter — Ciera Eastin. Laura couldn’t stop gushing her love and admiration for her daughter who actually voted against her. On top of that, Laura explained how this season of Survivor was actually incredibly easy as far as the elements were concerned. For all that and more, watch the full interview inside this article!
She may be small in stature, but she’s a giant when it comes to making big moves. Ciera Eastin’s time on Survivor: Blood Vs. Water started with her laying low – so low that her strategy was unnoticeable. But by the end of the season, she became a forceful player who fought hard to topple her former allies after they openly placed her at the bottom of their foursome. She was brave enough to even force a tie vote, which resulted in a nail-biting draw of rocks. Hell, she even voted her own mother out of the game. And through it all, she only lost 1 pound after 37 days in the competition. Because of her standout strategic style, Ciera quickly became a fan-favorite castaway with many viewers clamoring for more. At the Survivor: Blood Vs. Water finale, our own Ryan Haidet spoke with Ciera about her game-changing moves and why she thought Tyson Apostol was the most-deserving castaway. In addition, Ciera revealed whether or not she would have any desire in returning to play Survivor a second time. You can watch our full interview inside this article.
The first time, she won. The second time, she was voted out first. The third time, she played with her daughter, survived Redemption Island and found herself in fourth place — just one slot away from making it to the final Tribal Council. Tina Wesson has truly experienced all that Survivor has to offer. After Tyson Apostol was crowned the winner of Survivor: Blood Vs. Water on Sunday, Dec. 15, Tina talked with our own Ryan Haidet on the finale’s red carpet. You can watch the full interview inside this article in which Tina explains her insane cravings for fried chicken and she reveals why the $1 million doesn’t matter as much as winning the title of sole Survivor. Finally, Tina expresses her gratitude for the outpouring of support from fans who reached out to her recently after her son was killed in a car accident.
He’s one of the original 16 castaways who first set the reality TV world ablaze when Survivor initially debuted in May 2000. 13 years later, Gervase Peterson returned to the game for his chance to outwit, outplay and outlast once again on the show’s 27th season — Survivor: Blood Vs. Water. No, he didn’t win the $1 million, but Gervase did make it all the way to the final Tribal Council where he landed in third place. Shortly after Tyson Apostol was crowned the winner, our own Ryan Haidet talked with Gervase on the Survivor: Blood Vs. Water finale red carpet. You can watch the full interview inside this article in which Gervase explains why he was drawn to align with Tyson after originally thinking he was “an ass” and reveals why Richard Hatch still wouldn’t receive his vote to win the first season if he could rewind back to that moment.
Second place is good enough for Monica Culpepper. After competing on Survivor: Blood Vs. Water with her NFL husband, Brad, the two-time castaway says she has no interest in playing the game again. “At this point in my life, I’ll give someone else a chance,” Monica says. “I don’t really know how I can improve on three individual immunities and second place.” Her feelings are also attached to the negativity tossed her direction with sharp-tongued jabs from some of her allies. Moments after Tyson was crowned the winner, our own Ryan Haidet spoke with Monica on the red carpet about making it to the final three, why she stayed so tight with Tyson and Gervase and asked her if Colton truly quit twice. Plus, Monica explained more about the nonstop personal attacks that were coming at her during the final Tribal Council. To watch the full interview, click into the story.
The first two times he played Survivor, Tyson Apostol was never considered a power player. He walked around naked on Survivor: Tocantins and made a huge blunder on Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains in which he basically voted himself out of the game. But his strategic dominance on Survivor: Blood Vs. Water earned the jury’s respect as he walked away with the $1 million grand prize and title of sole Survivor. Our own Ryan Haidet spent some time with Tyson on the red carpet at the finale on Sunday, Dec. 15 where he told us his thoughts on the game. What is he doing with the money? What does Tyson think Benjamin “Coach” Wade would say about his victory? Who would Tyson want to align with in an all-winner season of Survivor? He reveals it all in our one-on-one chat, which you can watch inside this article.
Calm. Cool. Relaxed. Those words easily sum up Caleb Bankston’s time on Survivor: Blood Vs. Water. His easy-to-like personality has many wondering how on earth he has any connection with two-time castaway Colton Cumbie — who is infamous for his abrasive, negative attitude. Even after Colton quit, Caleb stands by his man. When I talked with Caleb today, he explained his feelings toward Jeff Probst for accusing Colton of quitting twice, revealed his thoughts on Ciera opting to swap sides and dished details on what it was like sitting at Tribal Council in person watching them draw for rocks. That’s not all, Caleb expressed his utmost love for Colton and revealed when they will be getting married.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Vytas Baskauskas was roasted faster than a turkey on Survivor: Blood Vs. Water thanks to Laura Morett’s wily strategy. After completing the Redemption Island duel first, she guided Tina Wesson with the information needed to knock Vytas out of the game. It worked. Back to back, both Baskauskas boys burned their buffs and joined the jury. I spoke with Vytas today where he talked about his feelings toward Laura M. today, revealed how much he’s obviously been thinking about the cube-stacking puzzle, gushed praise for Tyson Apostol’s gameplay, explained his desire to play again and dished the details on where the GIANT HOLE in the back of his shirt came from.
Before even setting foot in the Philippines, Aras Baskauskas already had a four-way alliance on Survivor: Blood Vs. Water. But that all crumbled when Gervase Peterson, his primary pal, opted to oust him. In my one-on-one interview with Aras, the season 12 winner dished the dirt on how he formed a pre-game alliance with Gervase, explained how Survivor changed the relationship with his brother and revealed who his primary ally would be if CBS had an all-winner season.
The heartbreaking story of Todd Herzog’s alcohol abuse has been a hot topic among the reality TV community recently – and now, we got a deeper look at his personal struggles. Dr. Phil dedicated an entire hour to Todd’s alcoholism on Monday saying he had never seen a guest on his show more close to death. Todd was 22 years old when he won Survivor: China six years ago (read my interview with him immediately after he won). At that point in his life, Todd says he never had a drink. Since then, Todd has been admitted to the hospital multiple times – once with a blood-alcohol content of .582. It was a mark so high that doctors had told Todd’s family they had never seen anybody reach that level without being in a comatose state. An intervention was needed and Dr. Phil made sure that happened. Read how it all went down inside this article…