‘Survivor’ Millennial Jay: ‘I’m OK with Lying. I Could Be Lying Right Now’

Justin “Jay” Starrett (CBS)

Justin “Jay” Starrett (CBS)

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Name (Age): Justin “Jay” Starrett (27)
Current Residence:
Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Hobbies: Skimboarding, fishing, and pretty much any sport.
Pet Peeves: I don’t like when people make plans or say they are going to do something and they don’t deliver.
Three Words to Describe You: Determined, intelligent and funny.

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: You’re going to backstab with a smile. What’s the trick to sending people to the jury without making them hate you?
Jay Starrett:
Honestly, I have to figure out the people first. (Laughs) The trick would be to keep the charm there and make sure you’re making strategic moves. You’ve got to do it when the time is right.
Holmes: So, if you’re in there with a gamer, they might respect a big move. While if you’re in there with someone who’s emotional, you have make them see your justification?
Starrett: Yeah. It depends on the type of person. If they’re a hardcore gamer, they’ll think, “Damn, he beat me. Respect.” If you’re working with a crybaby chick you have to say, “Aww…it’s OK. You’re still beautiful. Don’t worry.” (Laughs)

Holmes: So, it’s probably safe to assume that you don’t have any issues lying in the game.
Starrett: You want it short and sweet? Yeah, I’m OK with lying. I could be lying right now. (Laughs)
Holmes: Deep down you hate it. It tears you apart.
Starrett: I don’t even want to be here.
Holmes: You son of a…
Starrett: (Laughs)
Holmes: What about flirting?
Starrett: I’m comfortable. Being a bartender you have to flirt with everyone.
Holmes: Is anyone back home going to be upset if they see you flirting on CBS?
Starrett: A bunch of girls.
Holmes: Best answer ever. And, nobody will be upset when you bring home that million.
Starrett: Well, I’m not bringing it home for them. I’m bringing it home for mom.
Holmes: Your bio mentions that she’s been through some very tough times with her health. How does she feel about all of this?
Starrett: She is super supportive. She said, “If anything happens at home, nobody is calling you. You’re there to do this mission and you’re going to finish it.”

Holmes: How well do you deal with being lied to?
Starrett: If it’s a person I trust, which means nobody here, then it hurts. But this is “Survivor” and I’m prepared to be lied to.
Holmes: How about hunger?
Starrett: My friends tell me I need to eat after I work out for protein. But I’m fine without it. I can eat one time a day and be fine.
Holmes: Lack of sleep?
Starrett: I’ve never had that that bad. On “Survivor” you might have five days in a row where you don’t sleep because of the bugs or the weather. So, we’re going to see how I deal with it.
Holmes: How about extreme temperatures?
Starrett: No problem. I love board shorts.
Holmes: What about paranoia?
Starrett: I have thought about that. You’re out there and they might be talking (expletive deleted) behind my back. It might drive you insane, so you have to quiet down the volume.

Holmes: Any early thoughts on the cast?
Starrett: I’ve only seen a few of them, but some of the dudes are (expletive deleted) big, man. That one challenge where you have to pull a big guy off of the pole? That’s going to be difficult.

Holmes: If there is a twist, any guesses as to what it could be?
Starrett: Maybe no idols?

Holmes: If you could align with any past player, who would it be?
Starrett: Probably Woo (Hwang) because I know he’s honest. And he’ll go with the flow. If I tell him something, he’ll probably go with it.

Holmes: Lightning round time. Cats or dogs?
Starrett: Dogs.
Holmes: Beer or wine?
Starrett: Oh…I was going to say beer because I’m a man. But, wine is good too.
Holmes: Superman or Batman?
Starrett: Batman. By the way, Batman won.
Holmes: He did.
Starrett: (Laughs)
Holmes: He did! There’s no debate.
Starrett: If it wasn’t for that girl…
Holmes: If Lois Lane doesn’t step in, he’s a goner.
Starrett: Oh, and that stupid Martha twist.
Holmes: We’re way off topic. Meat or vegetable?
Starrett: Meat.
Holmes: Republican or Democrat?
Starrett: Republican.
Holmes: Books or TV?
Starrett: Books.
Holmes: Swimming or sunbathing?
Starrett: Swimming, all day.
Holmes: Many casual friends or one good friend?
Starrett: One good friend.
Holmes: Nice car or nice home?
Starrett: Nice home.
Holmes: Smart or funny?
Starrett: Funny.
Holmes: Parvati or Boston Rob?
Starrett: Parvati…she’s hot.
Holmes: We’re not debating that. Big TV or big vacation?
Starrett: Big vacation.
Holmes: Working alone or with a team?
Starrett: Alone.
Holmes: Dragons or unicorns?
Starrett: Dragons.
Holmes: Careful planning or fly by the seat of your pants?
Starrett: Careful planning.
Holmes: Jeff Probst or Ryan Seacrest?
Starrett: (Laughs) You know the answer. Ryan Seacrest, of course.

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


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