‘Survivor’ Castaway Kelley – ‘I Don’t Know if (Baylor) Has Daddy Issues’


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I remember hating the “Blood vs. Water” concept when I first heard about it. But then, I sat in a tent in a buggy field in the Philippines and watched as Marissa was voted off because of her uncle’s braggadocios behavior.

Mind blown.

Last night it happened again. Kelley was in bad shape due to the tribe swap, but it was her own father who forced new Coyopa’s hand.

I spoke with Kelley the morning after her elimination and found out why they targeted her, why Drew said such nasty things about her, and what her relationship with her father is like now…

Gordon Holmes: This might be a bit before your time, but the Fresh Prince captured it best when he said, “Take it from me, parents just don’t understand.”
Kelley Wentworth: (Laughs) Oh my god. That’s good.
Holmes: It’s rough. I had a situation this weekend with my parents. And sometimes they just don’t listen.
Wentworth: They don’t listen!
Holmes: Tell me about it. Literally. Start from where you got a new buff and end when you had to take your dad for a walk to keep him from tackling Missy.
Wentworth: We drew the buffs and I saw who I was with and I was bummed out. One part of me wanted to play with my dad, I thought that’d be fun. But, the other two couples and the single I was with, I had no ties to them. And, I was trying to get Jon out before Drew, and he knew that. I knew I was in big trouble. And when we got back to camp everyone was all hunky dory and being nice to each other. Then the rice situation comes up. At Hunahpu our rice was pretty much gone. And Missy, who coined herself the “Rice Queen.” I mean, not really, that’s what I’m calling her. But she made the rice at every meal and Hunahpu was eating twice a day and Coyopa was only eating once. She started making the rice and my dad was saying, “Hey, we’re not going to be able to last the rest of this game if you make that much rice.” And you’ve got Baylor over there going along with her mom because she hates my dad for some reason. I don’t know if she has daddy issues or what the problem is. And that’s where it all started. I saw it escalating, so I took my dad away. We knew there was going to be a merge in a few votes and we don’t want to give someone a reason to vote for us.

Holmes: Why do you think they targeted you?
Wentworth: They know that I had alliances on the other side and if I had made the merge I would have gone back to them. I would have never gone with Missy or Jon if I had made the merge. And Jon had known that I’d thrown his name out there. And my dad has no alliances left, really. Maybe Josh?
Holmes: I didn’t see it coming. Did you?
Wentworth: I did. I knew it was between me and Baylor. And when I held up my vote I said, “May the best woman win.” And we all know that didn’t happen.
Holmes: Well played.

Holmes: In the first episode it seemed like the main alliance at Hunahpu was you, Jeremy, Natalie, and Missy with Keith kind of on the side. Was that how it stayed?
Wentworth: I was really close with Jeremy and Natalie. He was the person I’d gone to and we’d discussed getting rid of Jon. Missy was close with Natalie, but I wasn’t close to her. And Keith? I don’t know. He was living in his own world. I don’t know what that guy was thinking. He obviously didn’t vote with us.
Holmes: At this point, does anyone know that Keith has an idol?
Wentworth: There was speculation that he had an idol, but nobody knew for sure. I have a sneaking suspicion that Missy actually knew. I went to Keith and said, “What are you thinking?” And he straight up said, “Oh, me and Jeremy and Jon and Drew and one of the other ladies…we’re in an alliance.” So, I think he was really close with Missy.

Holmes: Things got ugly last week between you and Drew. And even in the exit interview, we do a word association here…
Wentworth: Oh, I can’t wait!
Holmes: Good. I appreciate the enthusiasm. But, when I said “Kelley” he responded with the B word. Why were things so heated between you two? When I asked him, he said it was because you were eating the same amount of food.
Wentworth: (Laughs)
Holmes: My girlfriend and I went to dinner Tuesday night and split an appetizer evenly, and I didn’t call her the B word.
Wentworth: (Laughs) I wouldn’t either! I think Drew and I are very different people. I grew up on a farm and I work really hard and I have for everything I have. And, I’m sorry Drew, but he works for his parents and he’s a mama’s boy. We’re just very different.  I’m sorry to hear he thinks I’m the B word. Drew and I will probably never be best friends.
Holmes: We’ve been talking for a bit, and you’ve yet to display any B-word behavior.
Wentworth: (Laughs) Aww…thanks!

Holmes: Alright, word association time. Let’s start with Jeremy.
Wentworth: Amazing. Good game player.
Holmes: Natalie?
Wentworth: I love that girl. She’s awesome.
Holmes: Jon?
Wentworth: Eh…a little bit clueless.
Holmes: John Rocker?
Wentworth: I didn’t mind John Rocker. I think he’s a cool guy.
Holmes: Jaclyn?
Wentworth: She’ll go wherever the wind takes her…that wind being Jon.
Holmes: Drew?
Wentworth: (Laughs) Um…thinks a lot of himself.
Holmes: You knew that was coming.
Wentworth: (Laughs) I know! I’m trying to be a little bit nice.
Holmes: Nice? That’s not what this exercise if for. Missy?
Wentworth: She’s been divorced three times, I don’t need to say anything more.
Holmes: Baylor?
Wentworth: Spoiled brat.
Holmes: Keith?
Wentworth: Also clueless.
Holmes: Julie?
Wentworth:  More than meets the eye.
Holmes: Reed?
Wentworth: A game player. I like Reed a lot.
Holmes: We’ll finish with Dale.
Wentworth: Love you, Dad. No hard feelings.

Holmes: That’s good to hear. So where are things between you and your father now?
Wentworth: Despite what I said last night, my dad and I are very close. This experience has definitely brought us closer. But, I think we both would have been better off playing on our own. It’s the truth.

Holmes: I heard a rumor that Jon does Disney impersonations.
Wentworth: Oh my, he does. I think Jon wants to secretly be an actor. He knows the words to like every Disney song. Some people found if funny. It was funny for one song and then it was really annoying. So, please no more Disney songs.
Holmes: I was going to ask which character he does best, but I’m thinking your answer would be “None of the above.”
Wentworth: Ugh…he was pretty funny doing “The Lion King.” He did all the characters; Timon and Pumba and whatever. But that was enough for me.
Holmes: So, he doesn’t have a killer Princess Jasmine?
Wentworth: Oh…I went to bed at that point. I could only listen to so many Disney songs.

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