‘Survivor’ Gen-Xer Chris: ‘I Might Want Some of These People to Starve’

Chris Hammonds (CBS)

Chris Hammonds (CBS)










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Name (Age): Chris Hammons (38)
Current Residence: Moore, OK
Occupation: Trial Lawyer
Hobbies: Working out to relive stress, strategizing to be successful, and challenging myself to be the best.
Pet Peeves: Smacking gum. I hate it. I would do away with all gum on Earth if I could.
Three Words to Describe You: Super competitive! I don’t lose. Tenacious; I never give up. Fighter; I don’t lose fights.

NOTE: Usually I get a good thirty minutes with each contestant before the game starts. However, this season I had to get through all 20 players in only two-and-a-half hours. So, these pieces will be short and hopefully sweet.

Gordon Holmes: There was a sign outside of your hometown that said “Home of Chris Hammons.” What is the sign going to say outside of the “Survivor” location once you’re done with it?
Chris Hammons: (Laughs) You know what? I don’t know. “Chris Hammons Was Here,” maybe. That’s about it. That’s a good question. You stumped me, I’ve never been stumped before.
Holmes: Don’t worry, the rest are softballs.
Hammons: (Laughs)
Holmes: You have 39 days to figure it out.
Hammons: After 39 days I should have a good one.
Holmes: I’ll bring it up during the exit interview.
Hammons: I’ll have a good one for you then.

Holmes: You describe yourself as being super competitive and in some of these challenges you’re only going to be as strong as your weakest link. If someone’s responsible for your loss, are they a goner?
Hammons: I think you’ve got to look at each situation separately. I wouldn’t vote someone off because they screwed up one challenge.

Holmes: Do you have any issues lying in the game?
Hammons: (Laughs) No, I honestly don’t. Especially in a game like this. It’s fair. Playing by the rules is lying.
Holmes: How well do you deal with being lied to?
Hammons: I think I deal with it pretty well. I get lied to every day. My clients lie to me every damn day. Lawyers on the other side lie to me every day. My staff lies to me every day. If you understand that you’re being lied to, I don’t know why you’d be caught off guard.

Holmes: Will flirting be a part of your game?
Hammons: If it gets me further I’ll do anything. Flirting will be fine, but I’m a married man. I’ll keep it to a limit. But, if somebody happens to like big, giant country boys, then fine. I’ll flirt with he or she. I don’t care.
Holmes: There’s a type for everybody, Chris. Have you and your wife discussed this possibility?
Hammons: We did. She just laughs at me. I said, “You know, you like me. There are a lot of women out there that like me. There might be some of them out there.” She just laughs at me. She puts up with that.

Holmes: How well do you do with hunger?
Hammons: I don’t know. It’s been a long time since I was starving. I guess we’ll see. I think I’m mentally tough…and I can find something to eat. I don’t think enough people try hard enough. And at the end of the day, I might want some of these people to starve. Maybe they’ll fall out.
Holmes: How well do you do without sleep.
Hammons: I can function pretty highly with little or no sleep.
Holmes: Extreme temperatures?
Hammons: I’ve got to stay out of the sun, I have a light complexion. I don’t want to get burned. If it’s rainy and cold I’ll be fine.
Holmes: How about paranoia?
Hammons: You never know in this situation. It’s something everyone has to battle at on “Survivor.” I’ve never been a real paranoid guy.

Holmes: Any early thoughts on the other players?
Hammons: One of the guys was from my finals and I like him. You get these weird looks, we’re not allowed to talk to each other. I like him, although he might be a little bit of a wild card. He might put himself out there a little too much. He probably talks too much.

Holmes: If there is a twist, what do you think it could be?
Hammons: I feel like they’re going to go back to a more traditional game. They’ve tried all these twists like that super idol. It doesn’t seem like it’s going to go anywhere. So, maybe they’re going to hide the idol in a different way.

Holmes: If you could align with any past player, who would it be?
Hammons: I’d align with Russell Hantz. He gets you to the end, and then he loses. I’d just hang onto him, get to the end, then let him lose.

Holmes: Alright, lightning round time. Cats or dogs?
Hammons: Dogs.
Holmes: Beer or wine?
Hammons: Beer.
Holmes: Superman or Batman?
Hammons: Superman.
Holmes: Meat or vegetable?
Hammons: Meat.
Holmes: Republican or Democrat?
Hammons: Democrat.
Holmes: Books or TV?
Hammons:  Books.
Holmes: Swimming or sunbathing?
Hammons: Swimming.
Holmes: Many casual friends or one good friend?
Hammons: One good friend.
Holmes: A nice car or a nice home?
Hammons: A nice home.
Holmes: Smart or funny?
Hammons: Smart.
Holmes: Parvati or Boston Rob?
Hammons: Boston Rob.
Holmes: Big vacation or big TV?
Hammons: Big vacation.
Holmes: Working alone or working with a team?
Hammons: Working alone.
Holmes: Dragons or unicorns?
Hammons: Dragons.
Holmes: Careful planning or fly by the seat of your pants?
Hammons: Careful planning.
Holmes: Jeff Probst or Ryan Seacrest.
Hammons: Jeff Probst!

Don’t miss the season premiere of “Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X,” Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 8pm ET.

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