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.
Although the cast of Survivor: Blood Vs. Water has been spoiled for months online, CBS has officially announced the full lineup (see video inside this article). The 20 castaways feature 10 returning players and 10 newcomers. The twist? Each castaway is going into the game with a loved one to see if blood is in fact thicker than water. Would you betray your own blood for $1 million? The relationships vary as follows: dating couples, married couples, mother/daughter, uncle/niece, engaged and brothers. Who is back on the beach for another shot at the title of sole Survivor? Who is in the game for the first time? Meet the entire cast inside this story!
VIDEO Survivor: Caramoan Red Carpet Interview — Erik Reichenbach Reveals Real Reason For His Medical EvacuationMay 15, 2013 04:00:48 by Ryan Haidet
Although he made it deep in the game, Erik Reichenbach’s presence on Survivor: Caramoan — Fans Vs. Favorites was nearly non-existent. But he quickly became the main focus at the start of the season finale — but only for a few minutes as he was suddenly on his back facing the medical team who ultimately removed him from the game due to a medical emergency. After that, Erik essentially disappeared once again until he blasted Sherri Biethman at the final Tribal Council for getting to the end of the game simply by being a goat. When I had the chance to chat with Erik on the red carpet immediately following the finale and live reunion show, he voiced his disappointment that people in the studio audience like former castaways Rudy Boesch and Boston Rob Mariano got more airtime than most of the current castaways at their own finale. He also offered an in-depth explanation of the exact reason he was medically evacuated, which he feels wasn’t accurately portrayed on the show. Head inside the article to see the video interview.
When Boston Rob Mariano appeared on the Survivor: Caramoan — Fans Vs. Favorites live reunion show, we were all asking the same question: Was the rulebook he gave Phillip Sheppard the real deal? Turns out, it actually is. “The Boston Rob Rulebook: Strategies For Life” is a 75-page book that offers up various tips and advice, some of which include: know who you are, be a risk taker, nobody likes a crybaby, zip it, get organized and family comes first, always. Boston Rob says his motivation for writing the book came after watching Phillip create the “BR Rules” while competing on Survivor: Caramoan — Fans Vs. Favorites. I had the chance to chat with the Survivor: Redemption Island champ on the red carpet of the Survivor: Caramoan finale in which he gushed about the life lessons that fill his book. He also explained why he thinks Cochran was a deserving winner, discusses that he believes he could win the game again and revealed where he was the day of the fatal Boston Marathon explosions. Jump inside this article to see the full one-on-one video interview.
VIDEO Survivor: Caramoan Red Carpet Interview — Eddie Fox & His Dog Bar Business Idea. Genius Or Silly?May 15, 2013 10:00:11 by Ryan Haidet
When Eddie Fox mentioned during the Survivor: Caramoan — Fans Vs. Favorites finale that he wanted to win the game and its $1 million so he could open a dog bar, the in-studio audience erupted in laughter. His aspirations became a mockery. Was this concept serious or was it just Eddie being goofy? Turns out, he’s not joking. Shortly after the finale and live reunion show, I spoke with Eddie on the red carpet about his business idea — which he admits is hard for him to explain well. During our discussion, Eddie also explained the moment Malcolm Freberg gave him an Immunity Idol during Tribal Council and revealed he didn’t believe he could have beat Cochran had he made it to the final three. Jump inside the article to see the full interview.
“Sorry, but f*** you.” That’s what Sherri Biethman says she wished she could have told some of the jury members who blasted her during the final Tribal Council on Survivor: Caramoan — Fans Vs. Favorites. “I knew I couldn’t say that on TV, so I had the attitude of screw you. Sit down. I don’t have your vote, so don’t talk to me. I don’t need to hear your bullshit. Buh-bye. I’m done with you and I don’t have to play this game with you anymore.” She definitely didn’t hold anything back when I spoke with her on the red carpet just moments after the finale and live reunion show. During out chat, Sherri unleashed her feelings on the way the jury treated her, described her thoughts on John Cochran’s victory and explained how exhausting Dawn Meehan‘s constant crying was.
VIDEO Survivor: Caramoan Red Carpet Interview — Dawn Meehan Stunned By Brenda Lowe’s Request To Pull Out Her TeethMay 14, 2013 05:44:21 by Ryan Haidet
The Survivor: Caramoan — Fans Vs. Favorites finale delivered one of the most emotionally driven requests at the final Tribal Council when Brenda Lowe asked Dawn Meehan to pull out her fake bottom teeth. Clearly feeling betrayed that Dawn voted her out of the game, Brenda wanted Dawn to feel humiliated in front of the jury for turning against her when she thought they were tight friends — especially after she helped Dawn find her missing teeth in the ocean. It was a polarizing move that had the in-studio audience gasping, giggling and cheering as it seemed many felt it was due justice after Dawn’s betrayal, which had many of you fired up as well. Dawn, who made it to the final three, did pull out her teeth and grimaced for the cameras — but the move didn’t garner her a single vote. On the red carpet immediately after the finale and live reunion show, I had the chance to chat with Dawn about her emotional time on the show, her reaction to Brenda during the final Tribal Council and how she’s dealing with the negativity being tossed her direction online.
This isn’t just a $1 million victory. Nope. For John Cochran, winning Survivor: Caramoan — Fans Vs. Favorites is a dream come true. This self-admitted, buff-collecting nerd climbed to the top and walked away from season 26 with the title of sole Survivor — something he never dreamed would be possible when he started watching the show’s first season in 2000 as a kid. I had the chance to chat with Cochran on the red carpet immediately after he was revealed as the winner during the finale in Los Angeles. In his very candid, charming manner, Cochran went in depth about making the “social suicide” decision of wearing buffs in high school, explained which buff is his favorite, described how surreal it is to win the game and dished the dirt on his relationship status. Yes, he’s single ladies. My full one-on-one red carpet interview can be found inside this article. Enjoy!