‘Survivor: Second Chance’ Kelley: ‘I’ll Get So Much Social Media Hate After This’

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Name: Kelley Wentworth
Season: “Survivor: San Juan del Sur”
Finish: Fourteenth Place
Why You Should Remember Her: Kelley and her father Dale ended up on the losing end of a family feud that pitted them against Baylor and Missy.

Kelley Wentworth: Look at you with your little notebook and your questions.
Gordon Holmes: I’m almost professional.
Wentworth: You even have little pictures!
Holmes: Quit looking ahead, Wentworth.
Wentworth: (Laughs) You’re prepared. I wouldn’t expect anything less from you, Gordon.

Holmes: Alright, I was looking at this list of names. And if I were someone getting a second chance, I think I’d want to be someone without a lot of baggage. No big glaring mistakes.
Wentworth: Right? My hands are pretty clean.
Holmes: Is this the dream scenario?
Wentworth: Yeah. I think so. When people ask me about the cast I don’t think of someone like Monica or even Peih-Gee. I’m hoping I’m seen as one of the quieter females in people’s minds. I feel like people will look at me and say, “What’s she going to do without her dad?” That’s what I hope initially anyway. Because, the beginning game is so different from the middle or the end. I don’t want to be seen as a threat. I want to make it to the merge this time.
Holmes: Baby steps.
Wentworth: Dear God, please! Someone like Abi or Kass or even Fishbach…you’ve seen a lot of their games. They have a target on their back, where I don’t think I do.
Holmes: OK, so what angle do we take? If your game is a blank slate to most people, what do we show them on the beach on day one?
Wentworth: I want people to say, “Hey, I totally want to work with you.” But, I don’t want it to be over the top. I kind of want to take the stance of like, when I’m talking to people I want them to feel like the ones who are making decisions. I want to say, “So what do you think?” But then obviously there’s a way to sneak in what I want. That would be ideal. And if I even have to say, “I’m not a threat to you, tell me what you want me to do and I’ll do it,” then I’ll do it.

Holmes: You’re here with two other San Juan del Surians. Let’s start with Jeremy. Are you two on the same page coming into this mess?
Wentworth: I really haven’t talked to Jeremy that much. He’s keeping things low-key before the game. We had talked prior. I asked if he was in the mix and he gave me a very short answer. So, I don’t have ties to him. If he has to go first because people see us as a threat or people want him out? That’s fine. If I can use him as an ally, then I’m totally going to do that.
Holmes: What about Keith?
Wentworth: I don’t think people think much of Keith honestly. And I don’t think people think we’re a pair. I kind of made fun of him in my exit interviews. Sorrrrrry…not that sorry. I’m kind of a bitch. (Laughs)
Holmes: (Laughs) You’re on a reality TV show. That can work in your favor. But, I never got that impression from your edit.
Wentworth: Well, there wasn’t much to my edit.
Holmes: Fair enough. But even in exit press. I’ve interviewed some bitches and you’re not one of them.
Wentworth: Good. I’m not like Abi. (Gasps)
Holmes: Kelley Wentworth.
Wentworth: (Laughs)
Holmes: Why would you say…?
Wentworth: (Laughs)
Holmes: We’re all supposed to be friends here.
Wentworth: No, there’s nothing wrong with her. There are just certain people I have to be more cautious about.

Holmes: And those people are…?
Wentworth: Well, Chaos Kass. She calls herself Chaos Kass. What do you do with that?
Holmes: I call myself Agreeable Gordon, and nobody’s voted me out yet.
Wentworth: (Laughs) See, there ya go. So, she’s a target right away. Like Stephen? I like Stephen, he’s super smart. I want to work with him, but I don’t know if other people would. Oh…Joe…he’s bothering me. I don’t get the Joe love.
Holmes: What’s bugging you?
Wentworth: He’s slapped Parvati’s ass since we’ve been here.
Holmes: Wait, what?
Wentworth: We had to do these video things and he was at the end. He was behind me and he said to Stephen, “Oh, should I slap Parvati’s ass?” And then…whatever.

NOTE: I asked Parvati about the incident after this interview. She said that Joe was playing a joke and struck his own hand, not her backside.

Holmes: Huh.
Wentworth:Yeah. I’m like, is this the same dude I saw on TV? Because this dude is disrespectful as (expletive deleted). So, I don’t know. Maybe it’ll be different when I’m out there. But things about him are bothering me. Maybe I’m just jealous that he did it before I did. I think maybe after his season he got a little blown up.
Holmes: Poor Joey Amazing.
Wentworth: Exactly! What’s my nickname?
Holmes: I’d steer away from “Chaos.” “Works-Hard-Around-Camp” Kelley? Maybe something like “Pleasant.”
Wentworth: Ugh…but then I’d be like that same chick from San Juan del Sur.

Holmes: So…returnee seasons tend to have pre-game alliance shenanigans…
Wentworth: I always get this question!
Holmes: How many times have you answered it honestly?
Wentworth: I always answer it honestly.
Holmes: Then let’s hear it.
Wentworth: I don’t know if anyone’s coming in here with like a block of people. There were 32 people. So people didn’t know who was going to make it. I think people talked, conversations on social media and left it at that. So, for me, pre-game alliances are dangerous. I want to work it out on the beach.
Holmes: Did you participate in some of those conversations?
Wentworth: Did I?
Holmes: Cause you’re like, “Sooooome people did this and sooooome people did that.”
Wentworth: Do I have friends over there? (Laughs) There are some people I’m closer to…than others.
Holmes: Like who?
Wentworth: (Laughs) Um…I think obviously I talked to Spencer before. Obviously with the Miss/Mr. “Survivor” stuff with Rob (Cesternino). I’ve had conversations with Shirin over social media. Who else? Jeremy and Keith obviously. I guess that’s it. It’s not a ton of people.
Holmes: You’re all gathered together on that porch. I’m assuming there are nods, winks…I’d be doing pointy finger guns.
Wentworth: Yeah. Lots of those.
Holmes: That’s how I’d let you know we were tight. Pew Pew…
Wentworth: No high-fives?
Holmes: Too obvious. I definitely wouldn’t slap anyone on the ass.
Wentworth: You think Joe’s trying to align with Parvati?
Holmes: Clearly. But, who else over there is communicating with each other?
Wentworth: Oh, Kass is trying really hard. She’s constantly saying things to people and smiling. I think she knows she’s in trouble right away. Abi and Peih-Gee are smiley. I could be looking too much into this. There’s no elbow-bumping or bro-hugs.

Holmes: Sometimes “Survivor” has twists…
Wentworth: Really?!
Holmes: They put people on an island. They starve them. Jeff Probst occasionally gives them fire in the form of flint. If you were to give your best guess if there is a twist or twists or no twists…
Wentworth: Wait, do you know?
Holmes: I do. It’s one of the cool things about this gig.
Wentworth: Oh man, now is when I wish we had some beer. If I got a couple in you I know you’d start spilling the beans.
Holmes: It wouldn’t take that many.
Wentworth: So there are twists?
Holmes: I did not say that. I said “no twists” was a possibility. This is not my first rodeo.
Wentworth: I see your poker face. OK, I think there’s a lot of wonder about how they are going to split the tribes. Usually you can look at people’s wardrobe. We’re all a mess. Will it be a schoolyard pick? Will it be men vs. women. There’s twenty people. They could get rid of two off the bat and then do Redemption Island. I don’t think they’ll do that again. Maybe they’ll do a Tribal after an immunity challenge in the beginning. It can’t be three tribes. (Expletive deleted). I don’t know. It could be anything.
Holmes: It could be anything or nothing.
Wentworth: See, I’m going to keep talking and hopefully you’re going to slip up.
Holmes: Everybody has a tell in poker. Mine is like a big Tex Avery cartoon eye bulge.
Wentworth: (Laughs) I’m going to look for that.

Holmes: Alright, we’re going to play a game.
Wentworth: Finally! I want to know what you’re doing with these pictures. Is it like Go Fish?
Holmes: No.
Wentworth: Do I give a word for each one of these pictures?
Holmes: No, that’s my other gimmick.
Wentworth: I know.
Holmes: That the “World’s Apart” people destroyed.
Wentworth: (Expletive deleted) them.
Holmes: Right? Don’t nickname this season.
Wentworth: I won’t. And I won’t name my tribe Merica.
Holmes: I always wanted a tribe name like “The Thunder Fire All-Stars.” But, it’s always something like Porta-Potty.
Wentworth: (Laughs) What if I do this season as a tribute to you? They can’t have that on the screen.
Holmes: You have to spell it like Por-Ta Potay.
Wentworth: I’m going to do it.
Holmes: Alright, we’re going to play “Align or Malign.” In my hand I have nineteen cards featuring your competitors. You’ll go through them and tell me who you’ll align with and who you’ll malign. Trick is, you only get eight aligns.
Wentworth: Oh my God, and you even used the horrible Sears photos that we had.

Wentworth: Do I have to keep it PG?
Holmes: No, you can malign Peih-Gee.
Wentworth: (Laughs) No, I mean PG. Can I say (expletive deleted)?
Holmes: (Laughs) You can say it, I’ll just bleep it.

Wentworth: Kass…malign. Because she’s (expletive deleted) crazy.

Wentworth: Terry…align. He’s like my dad.

Wentworth: Shirin…align. She knows a lot about “Survivor.”

Wentworth: Kimmi…malign. She wears her hair in pigtails and she’s not eighteen and it (expletive deleted) bothers me.

Wentworth: Abi…malign. This bitch is coming after me. She wants to be queen of the island and there can be only one blonde. A real blonde.

Wentworth: Keith…align. He’s super loyal and he’ll do what I say. But, he might (expletive deleted) it up.

Wentworth: Stephen…align. He’s really smart. He knows about the game. And, I like him.

Wentworth: Joe…malign. For everything I said before about Parvati and the ass slap. He just bothers me. I don’t have the same Joey Amazing love everyone else does. People are going to hate me for that. I’ll get so much social media hate after this.

Wentworth: Ciera…align. We’re both from the Pacific Northwest. That’s all I’ve got.

Wentworth: Jeremy…malign. I love him, but I don’t want to be seen as a pair.

Wentworth: Tasha…align. She seems hilarious. “Hey, girl.” That’s going to be us.

Wentworth: Wait…I’ve only got two left?!
Holmes: You get eight total.
Wentworth: Damnit!
Holmes: Follow the rules, Kelley.
Wentworth: I hate your game.
Holmes: I love this game. I sit back and you do all the work.
Wentworth: Look how good I did it though, three guys and three girls.
Holmes: There’s no way to win, but you are winning. Clearly.

Wentworth: This is so hard. Monica…align. Every chick needs her sidekick chick.

Wentworth: Malign Kelly Wiglesworth because there’s only room for one Kelly/Kelley. I’m sorry.

Wentworth: Malign Peih-Gee…but I don’t have a good reason why. Sorry, Peih-Gee.

Wentworth: Align with Spencer. The young lad is very smart.

Wentworth: OK…malign Jeff because I don’t know how great he’ll be in challenges.

Wentworth: Malign Vytas because he could win in the end. That’s not good for me.

Wentworth: Malign Savage because he’ll be too good at challenges. I don’t know. He’s like a bubble person.

Wentworth: And malign Woo because his hair is prettier than mine.

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Survivor: Second Chance” will kick off with a special 90-minute premiere on Wednesday, September 23rd at 8 p.m. ET.

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