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‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2015 Inductee – Jerri Manthey

December 14, 2015

2015 "Survivor" Hall of Fame Inductee Jerri Manthey (CBS)

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Fifty percent of the voting for the ‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame was based on the ballots of the Executive Voting Committee. This blue-ribbon panel consists of “Survivor” luminaries such as Host and Executive Producer Jeff Probst, Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer, Co-Executive Producers Jesse Jensen and Matt Van Wagenen, the current members of the “Survivor” Hall of Fame, the “Survivor” press corps, and XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” Guy Gordon Holmes. The other fifty percent came from “Survivor” fans like you.

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The Class of 2010 included Parvati Shallow, Russell Hantz, Rob Mariano, Richard Hatch, and Sandra Diaz-Twine…

The Class of 2011 included Cirie Fields, Ozzy Lusth, and Tom Westman…

The Class of 2012 included Amanda Kimmel, Rob Cesternino, and Ethan Zohn…

The Class of 2013 included Kim Spradlin, John Cochran, and Jonny Fairplay…

And now, the “Survivor” Hall of Fame is proud to induct Jerri Manthey as the first member of the Class of 2015. Jerri received the most fan votes out of any nominee and had the highest percentage of total votes.

We had a chance to speak with the newly crowned Hall of Famer to get her thoughts on this honor…

Gordon Holmes: Induction into the “Survivor” Hall of Fame is a cumulative vote that includes fans, production, the press, your peers…everyone came together to honor you. How does it feel to receive recognition from such a wide variety of people?
Jerri Manthey: I am honored and proud to be a part of “Survivor” history. I feel extra fortunate to have been a part of the beginnings of it. Lots has changed since I played in Australia…Including ME as a human being. I’ve grown, I’ve overcome a lot of challenges in life that would normally break a person. I’ve become more patient with people, I’ve become more gracious and appreciative. “Survivor” has without a doubt changed my life for the better. It’s taught me that I can handle some incredibly difficult situations with ease and a very clear perspective of the “bubble” each of us lives in and the necessity to step outside of it often.

Holmes: Your relationship with the fans was a strained one before “Heroes vs. Villains.” What does it mean to you that you were by far the top vote getter in this year’s fan ballot?
Manthey: Strained?? Hmmm…I’m not sure that’s the correct term.  I like to think that my relationship with the fans has been evolving… very… slowly…

Manthey: When I played the first time, I was thirty years old. I was ambitious and aggressive and paid very little attention to the reaction of the people around me. Much like today’s “millennial” generation, I didn’t think about whose toes I was stepping on to get ahead. I saw a goal and went for it without much thought. I admit it’s no way to win a million dollars, but I did get ahead in my life…much to the detriment of the relationships of those I cared deeply for.

Manthey: But now…I’ve learned that as a woman, I am automatically grouped into the category of “weaker sex” and I am NOT okay with it. But, I am much more diplomatic at dealing with stereotypes. I feel I have less to prove to others and more to prove to myself. I hope to be an example to other women and young girls that as women we can accomplish just as much – if not more – than a man.

Manthey: I don’t rely on popularity contests to stroke my ego and make me feel validated.  I look in the mirror… And if I’m making choices that make me feel good, make others feel good… And make my parents proud… That’s all I care about. However, I’m BEYOND grateful for the love of the fans of “Survivor.” And I am constantly amazed people still remember me and care what I’m up to. And all I can really say is “thank you” for all the love!  It means a lot to me.

Holmes: Have you been watching “Survivor: Second Chance”? If so, what are you hoping to see in Wednesday’s finale?  
Manthey: To be honest, I am a few episodes behind and have to catch up this week. Somehow I have been able to avoid hearing anything that has happened on the last couple episodes. And I can’t wait to have a mini marathon with my friends right before the finale. Life has become my own game of “Survivor” as I battle through a very difficult divorce and am learning every day how important the choices you make in life are. Much like the game of “Survivor,” divorce does NOT bring out the best in people. And right now I am fighting to keep all that I have worked (and starved and suffered) so hard for from slipping into the hands of someone I once loved who now is trying to take it all away.
Holmes: I’m sorry to hear that you’re going through that.
Manthey: I keep praying every day that he will wake up and realize that the outcome is never worth the battle. That people fall out of love for many different reasons. But if handled well, a friendship is possible and in the long term, isn’t that all that really matters?  And while I answer your question, I realize once again how life and “Survivor” are so similar. Crazy…right?
Holmes: I always hope there can be friendship after a relationship ends. Sometimes it just takes time.

Holmes: What are your thoughts on Kimmi and Jeff Varner’s time out there?
Manthey: I campaigned like I’ve never done before to get Kimmi and Jeff on “Second Chances.” Jeff played a little too aggressively for his own good… But because I know him so well…and know how badly he wanted to get another shot…I understood why. Kimmi has played a very “under the radar” game… and I know she has gone through some rough life lessons herself and has struggled to put food on the table and support her children…and (without knowing what is happening on the show right now with her) I hope she kicks some ass and wins the million! I am so proud to have had them both represent the Australian season!  Still the most watched season EVER!!!

Holmes: Finally, since they’re giving out Second Chances, any way you’d accept a fourth?
Manthey: Absolutely. There aren’t many of us in the “four-time players” club. I’d be honored. Truly!

What the fans said about Jerri…

“She’s a ‘Survivo’ legend and is hands down the most iconic female villain in the show’s history.” – Ramsey

“In ‘Heroes vs. Villains,’ had she made the Final Tribal she could have been joining her Australian castaways Amber and Tina as a Sole Survivor.” – John

“I loved watching Jerri in ‘Heroes vs. Villains.’ She played her own game and was an immunity win away from taking the whole thing.” – Tricia

What the Executive Voting Committee said about Jerri…

“What makes Jerri truly special is her three-season arc.  Who else in ‘Survivor’ history has gone from literally being booed offstage to, in her last season, emerging as America’s sweetheart?  Nobody, that’s who!” – John Cochran

“While tame by modern standards, Jerri’s ‘treachery’ made her a transcendent figure in the medium and changed the way all reality shows are cast. ” – Rob Cesternino

“She was “Survivor’s” first – and best – villainess. From the moment she accused Kel of smuggling beef jerky, Jerri became the most hated woman in America, a role that she parlayed into 15 years of television appearances.” – Steve Helling – People Magazine

Be sure to check back Tuesday to meet the second member of the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

Watch the ‘Survivor: Second Chance’ Finale this Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.


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‘Survivor H.V.V.’ Castaway Interview: Jerri Manthey

May 19, 2010

One of the things that has kept “Survivor” relevant over its decade-long run is the way it has evolved over the years. And not only because of obvious additions such as Exile Island, hidden immunity idols, and surprise tribe swaps, but the mindset of the players has changed too.

In 2001, Jerri Manthey was considered the biggest villain in “Survivor: The Australian Outback.” Why? Because she was opinionated and abrasive.

In 2010, Russell Hantz was considered the biggest villain in the past two seasons of “Survivor.” Why? Because he’s an arrogant, foul-mouthed bulldozer whose scorched Earth policy resulted in a livid jury that was more likely to beat him to death with their torches rather than reward him with a million dollars. Heck, classic Jerri was a broken nail compared to the severed limb that was Russell.

But to dismiss Jerri as the lesser of two evils is to do her a great disservice. The Jerri we saw in Samoa was smart, personable, confident, and surprisingly likable. A far cry from the naïve youngster that prowled the Australian Outback.

I spoke with villain-turned-favorite Jerri Manthey the morning after the “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains” finale to discuss not only the evolution of a popular reality competition, but the evolution of a person…

Gordon Holmes: This may sound crazy, but it seems like you had a character arc over your three seasons of “Survivor.” To see you go from someone that America hated in “Survivor: Australia” to someone not dealing well with America’s hatred in “Survivor: All-Stars” to a woman who seems very comfortable with who she is and how people feel about her in “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains” was fascinating.
Jerri Manthey:
(Laughs) You know, I feel like “Survivor” has helped me become a more evolved person. And that’s a very strange thing to say about a reality show! But, I had a very rare opportunity to grow over the past ten years in front of millions of people. “Survivor” taught me so much about myself. I knew the first time that one of my biggest downfalls was I had a lack of patience. I’m a very competitive person, and watching myself the first time I realized that I can be very abrasive to other people. And I didn’t care. I was in it for an adventure and to win. And the harsh reaction I got really turned me off. But it forced me to look at myself in a different way. So I wanted “All-Stars” to be my redemption story, and that really blew up in my face. People were just not ready to accept that I was a different person. So this time out I didn’t care what people thought about me. I’ve grown into my own skin and I’m a much more patient person.

Gordon: Being a three-timer, did you have a specific strategy going in, or were you playing it by ear?
Jerri:
I picked the strategy that I thought was the most powerful and the most difficult, which is to position yourself as the swing vote. I stepped outside of the drama and didn’t instigate conflict. Just watching as it occurred, and knowing that at some point there would be an explosion and I’d be standing there ready to pick up the pieces that worked for me. And it worked. I feel like I played the game perfectly, I wouldn’t change a single thing. The only thing I would have changed was winning that last immunity challenge. I was so close!
Gordon: You were ridiculously close. That was a great finish.
Jerri: I remember how I felt going into that. I thought how is this going to work? It just seemed so impossible. But one by one I started finding the necklaces. And I knew I was close because I could hear Parvati and Russell right beside me. And I felt the immunity necklace as it was tumbling through the air and into Russell’s hands. And I have to say I’ve had reoccurring nightmares about that moment.
Gordon: If you catch that necklace, do you win the million?
Jerri: Oh yes. I knew if I could have made it to the final three I would have won. I somehow managed to get through this entire game without making one single person mad at me. The irony of the situation was I was so hated in my first season that everyone wanted to get rid of me and this season I was dangerous because I was so well loved.

Gordon: During your farewell confession you said that you were probably going to vote for Russell. What changed your mind?
Jerri:
To make it short, it was Russell’s arrogance. I knew that the speech I had put together for the final tribal council involved being gracious and showing gratitude to the people in the jury who had to leave the game in order for me to be sitting in that position. And that’s what I expected from Russell. Here’s this great player, sometimes he’s a little too aggressive and he’s rubbed people the wrong way, but here’s the perfect opportunity to show that he’s this humble, gracious person, and what I found was that he is basically an arrogant a— who can’t get out of his own way.
Gordon: (Laughs)
Jerri: He literally told all of us that he didn’t need luck. I saved his butt when I chose him over Rob. And I saved his butt when I didn’t take him to the reward. He could have been voted out with Sandra’s idol if I had left her on the beach with Rupert and Colby. I was completely floored by his arrogance. That’s why he’ll never win this game.

Gordon: At one point in the game you had a choice between keeping Colby in the game and keeping Candice in the game. What was your rationale behind that decision?
Jerri:
I liked having Colby around for one. We found such a great sense of comfort with each other. And we both felt the same about this season, just how cutthroat it was and how little fun there was. We had some really intense talks about the game and how it’s evolved and how we’ve changed as people. I just really enjoy Colby. And Candice, Sandra and I realized that Russell was becoming very close to her, and I wasn’t going to allow another girl that he could manipulate take a step above me in the ladder.

Gordon: I have to ask this one…Coach, are you two in love or was that totally fabricated?
Jerri:
(Laughs)
Gordon: Do you looooove him?
Jerri: (Laughs) No, I do not know him well enough to love him. I find Coach to be a very fascinating person. And I knew going into the game that he was a very loyal, honest person. And those are the kinds of people you really want to keep around you in “Survivor.” So, I made it a point to bond with him immediately. I just didn’t realize I was going to have such a strong effect on him.
Gordon: Were there any romantic sparks?
Jerri: I don’t…think…I learned the first time that any feelings of attraction should be curbed because you don’t know what’s real or not. I look forward to getting to know Coach outside of the game and to find out what’s underneath that Dragon Slayer shell. If he’s willing to drop the act and be himself around me, I could see us being friends for a long time.

Gordon: It seemed like you and Parvati had some tension early in the game. Did that dissipate as the game continued?
Jerri:
Yeah, Parvati drove me crazy at the beginning of the game. Her flirtation was just so evident and it was clearly working on everyone and it drove me nuts. Her laugh was just…ugh…I just couldn’t stand it. I’ve gotta say, I was going after her since day one and she really, truly earned my respect. I know she called me all kinds of names but you’re in a stressful game and you say things and do things that are not so nice. But, I think Parvati and I are definitely going to be friends. I really have to give her a high-five for her game play. She kicked some major butt. I think she’s one of the best players ever.

Gordon: Alright, Jerri. It’s time for word association.
Jerri:
Uh-oh, where’s the psychologist?
Gordon: Yes, I will be silently judging you.
Jerri: (Laughs)
Gordon: Let’s start with Rupert.
Jerri: Completely not self-aware. I know that’s not one word.
Gordon: I’m not going to rein you in. Do what feels right. Let’s try Sandra.
Jerri: Crass, but lovable.
Gordon: Parvati?
Jerri: Flirtatious and devious.
Gordon: Colby?
Jerri: Still hot.
Gordon: Russell?
Jerri: Yuck.
Gordon: The term “Cougar?”
Jerri: (Laughs) I’m ready to embrace it.
Gordon: You own it, girl.
Jerri: I mean, I’m really not old enough to be a cougar yet. But I’m looking forward to it.
Gordon: That’s a great attitude. Let’s try Candice.
Jerri: I really like Candice. She’s sweet. A very sweet person.
Gordon: Danielle?
Jerri: Scrappy.
Gordon: JT?
Jerri: (Laughs) Gosh…I guess I just have to say…ballsy but not so bright.
Gordon: And let’s finish this off with Coach.
Jerri: Fascinating.

Gordon: If you could hop into Doc Brown’s DeLorean and go back to 2001 and give some advice to Australian Jerri, what advice would you give her? About life, about the game, whatever…
Jerri:
I would tell myself to keep my mouth shut! (Laughs) It’s not necessary to always let people know what’s on your mind.

More “Survivor” Fun: Check out my interviews with Sandra Diaz-Twine and Parvati Shallow.

‘Survivor’ Players Pick the Show’s Biggest Hero

March 8, 2010

To celebrate its twentieth season, “Survivor” has reunited some of the franchise’s most beloved Heroes and most hated Villains. Ten former players were chosen to represent the Heroes side of that equation, but who do former and current players consider to be the show’s most noble competitors?  We got their thoughts during this past January’s “Survivor” reunion party…

Who is the biggest hero in “Survivor” history?

“Me. (Laughs) I happen to love Amanda (Kimmel) from my season. She’s amazing and so sweet to everybody. And Rupert, he’s the biggest hero of all time. You can’t beat Rupert as far as that goes.” Todd Herzog – Winner of “Survivor: China”

“There are so many to choose from, but I’m going to go with James (Clement) because he’s the original China hero.” Courtney Yates – “Survivor: China” and “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains”

“I don’t think you can be a hero. And if you are you finish horribly. If you bring valor and honesty, go away. That’s not what it’s about.” Jon “Jonny Fairplay” Dalton – “Survivor: Pearl Islands” and “Survivor: Fans Vs. Favorites”

“The best hero has to be JT (Thomas). Great guy, great competitor, all around. Maybe the best player ever.” Stephen Fishbach – “Survivor: Tocantins”

“JT from our season. I’ve got to give kudos to JT.” Debra Beebe – “Survivor: Tocantins”

“I’d be crazy not to say Cirie, (laughs) because she is amazing.” Cirie Fields – “Survivor: Panama,” “Survivor: Fans Vs. Favorites,” and “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains”

“Yul Kwon maybe? I mean, it’s tough to define a hero. Real-life hero? Ethan Zohn, he’s battling cancer.” Dan Kay – “Survivor: Gabon”

“Chris Daugherty.” Chris Daugherty – Winner of “Survivor: Vanuatu”

“It’d have to be Tom (Westman) or Stephenie (LaGrossa).” Coby Archa – “Survivor: Palau”

“JT would be my biggest hero simply because he’s a cutie and I love him!” Tamara “Taj” George – “Survivor: Tocantins”

“Rudy (Boesch) is definitely the biggest hero. That man was like 75 when he played ‘All Stars’ and not once did he complain. I’ve never seen anyone that strong before.” Jerri Manthey – “Survivor: The Australian Outback,” “Survivor: All Stars,” and “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains”

More “Survivor” Fun:
Check out my exit interview with recently booted hero Cirie Fields and the latest insider observations from “Survivor: The Amazon” champion Jenna Morasca.

What do you think? Who is your pick for the biggest hero in “Survivor” history?


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