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‘Survivor: Second Chance’ Keith: ‘The Girls Are Not Going to Be Hitting on Me’

September 18, 2015

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Name: Keith Nale
Season: “Survivor: San Juan del Sur”
Finish: Fourth Place
Why You Should Remember Him: Keith accidentally got his own son voted out of the game when he tipped Jon off by urging Reed to “Stick to the plan.”

Gordon Holmes: You were on “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” with your son Wes who is a giant “Survivor” fan. How mad is he that you got the call back and he didn’t?
Keith Nale: (Laughs) Well, he’s not that mad. He was happy for me. He was sort of my campaign manager through this whole thing. He said, “Go out there and do it.” He’s not jealous.

Holmes: Good kid. What do you think people remember about you and your time in the game?
Nale: Let’s see…well I was a little bit under the radar. I didn’t make too many alliances.  I tried to play an integrity game. Win a few challenges here or there. That gets you to fourth place.

Holmes: How many times do you hear “Stick to the plan” in a given week?
Nale: Boy, I’m going to take that to my grave.
Holmes: (Laughs)
Nale: I just blurted it out. You don’t sit around and hold stuff in. Looking back it was a mistake. Wes went home that night.
Holmes: That’s why second chances exist.
Nale: That’s right. You know, if I came in fifteenth or ninth, I might’ve said, “Let the next guy get it.” But fourth is a hard pill to swallow. That’s why I’m giving it another shot. I might tweak my game a little bit.
Holmes: What kind of tweaks are we talking about here?
Nale: Maybe get an alliance. I pretty much did that last one by myself. Hook up with somebody, win a few challenges…but there’s a bunch of folks that can win challenges. I don’t know if it’s the best of the rest, it’s the one’s America wanted, but there are some big guys.

Holmes: Have you done your research on everyone out there?
Nale: I started. I don’t know much about Terry, Andrew, Kelly…I kinda know her, that’s season one. Everyone knows Spencer, Kass, Woo…that bunch. Maybe I’ll learn a few of them as we go.

Holmes: Any early targets?
Nale: Shoot, I bet they’re all gamers. Thinking back, Woo was a good player. Kass was kind of sneaky. I don’t know much about Abi…Monica. I might have to go with the flow again.
Holmes: In a season of gamers, that might not be such a bad strategy.
Nale: We’re going to see how that goes. If someone approaches me, I might think about it for a minute. But, I’d better hook up quick. If someone doesn’t approach me, I’m going to approach somebody.

Holmes: Jeremy from your season is out there.
Nale: That’s what I’ve been saying. I’m pretty sure Jeremy won’t be on my team. I might be with Kelley or Kelley might be with Jeremy. It didn’t work out the first time, I don’t know why. But, I made it further than Jeremy. Maybe it’ll work out this time, but I don’t want people thinking we’re together. If it does happen, we’ll keep that on the down low.
Holmes: Have you and he mended fences since your season?
Nale: Oh yeah, no hard feelings at all.
Holmes: What’s your relationship with Kelley like?
Nale: Kelley’s a smart player. From what little I knew before she got voted off, she could tell you the fifth person voted out of the eighth season. I can barely tell you who was voted out last season. But, she’s pretty sharp.

Holmes: There’s a lot of talk of pre-game alliances. Are you involved in any of that?
Nale: No, I can go down and wink at somebody, but Lord knows what that means.
Holmes: Well, a wink is rarely negative.
Nale: (Laughs) Yeah. There’s nothing you can do. They keep us on lockdown. They want to keep the game pure.
Holmes: Who were you winking at?
Nale: (Laughs) I wasn’t winking at nobody.
Holmes: Cause there are some girls I wouldn’t mind winking at.
Nale: Oh yeah, there are some nice girls. But, I don’t have to worry about that. The girls are not going to be hitting on me.

Holmes: If there are any twists this season, any guesses to what they could be?
Nale: Golly, man. It’s so crazy. You’ve kinda just got to get out there. You ask me that about thirty minutes after they divvy us up, I could tell you something. I don’t know who’s going to be a hero, a villain. I just don’t know.

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.

Nale: Kelly…align. I think she knows what’s going on. She’s had fifteen years to study this. She was one of the very first players and made it to number two, I believe.

Nale: Andrew…malign. I don’t know much about him.

Nale: Let’s align with Joe. He’s good at challenges. Maybe a little too good and that’s why he hit the highway real early.

Nale: Ciera…don’t know much about her. I’m going to have to malign her.

Nale: Jeremy…I’d like to align. I don’t know if it’d work. He’s pretty smart.

Nale: Kelley…align. She’s pretty sharp at the game. And she went out a little premature and I had something to do with that.

Nale: Let’s malign Woo. Woo wasn’t too sharp out there. He made it to number two though.

Nale: Shirin…malign. I don’t  want to see her running around there naked.

Nale: Abi…I’m going to have to malign her too. She just doesn’t think.

Nale: Vytas…align. He’s a big strong guy. He’ll work hard.

Nale: Peih-Gee…malign. I’ve seen her hopping around. She doesn’t know if she’s coming or going.

Nale: Tasha…let’s malign her too. I really don’t know why. Because I’m running out of aligns.

Nale: Let’s align with Spencer. Heck. He’s pretty good. He was good at challenges.

Nale: I’m going to malign Kass. She was kind of sneaky there. I don’t like that.

Nale: Jeff…malign. Just because I don’t know anything about Jeff.

Nale: Kimmi…malign. I don’t know anything about her either.

Nale: I’m going to align with Terry. He’s pretty good at challenges and I think he’s a little bit older than me.

Nale: Let’s align with Monica. She can keep the guys in line.

Nale: Stephen…malign. I don’t know much about him either.

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‘Survivor Castaway Keith – ‘It’s the Black Widows, They’re Gonna Kill Me’

December 21, 2014

'Survivor: San Juan del Sur' (CBS)

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Gordon Holmes: Last night Jaclyn wins final four immunity and your pitch to her was to target Missy over Natalie. It seem to me like Natalie was a much bigger threat.
Keith Nale: I was thinking, well I probably wasn’t thinking…
Holmes: (Laughs)
Nale: I thought Missy was going to get some sympathy votes out there. But looking back at it now, Natalie was the player. I thought I had Jaclyn, it was another lie, but I thought I had her thinking let’s get Missy out. But, it was a long shot. I was out there with four women, so what are you going to do? They took it to me.

Holmes: Natalie saved your bacon there with that Alec vote. Did that cause you to have any loyalty toward her?
Nale: Oh yeah. Natalie saved me a couple of times. Natalie was a player. I can’t take anything away from her. She knew the game. And she did tell me, “They want me to vote for you, but I’m going to vote for Alec.” I don’t know what her reasoning was, but I was fine with that. It gives me one more chance.

Holmes: During the “Stick to the Plan” Tribal Council, when Jon played his idol, you or Wes were going home no matter what. Would there have been any way to save the idol?
Nale: You’ve got about five seconds to make that decision. When Jon played his, I turned to Wes and said, “We’ve got to do something. I can give it to you.” I was going to give it to him cause he can run faster and jump higher. I’ll take one for the home team. Or give it to Wesley and he doesn’t have to play it. We were in a bad way right there. But, he said, “That’s your idol.” He gave me the go-ahead. But, I never should’ve said, “Stick to the plan.” What in the world was I thinking? But, Reed was hammering on me pretty good. And in Louisiana you don’t let people hammer on you like that.
Holmes: And Reed is a professional actor.
Nale: He’s a nut too! He’s good at the game.
Holmes: There must’ve been some redemption when you blindsided Jon and you had people digging into you and you stuck with the plan.
Nale: (Laughs) Isn’t that funny? Natalie was ramrodding this show. She said we’re gonna vote for Jon and we’re gonna do this, this, and this. I said, “Hey, I’m slick with that.” Jon didn’t see that coming, so he went to the house with an idol.
Holmes: What you should’ve done is turn to Jaclyn at the final four and say, “Jaclyn, stick with the plan!”
Nale: (Laughs) That would’ve been slick! Golly! When they sent Jon to the house I said, “Man, it’s the black widows, they’re gonna kill me.” I was happy there for a while, I said, “Rooster in a hen house. One rooster and four hens.” That’d be all fine and good if we were chickens. But I knew I was doomed. I knew I had to win out.

Holmes: After the premiere they showed a montage of moments from the season, and there was something where you said something along the lines of “I made the biggest mistake in ‘Survivor’ history” or something like that. I don’t think we ever heard you say that. What was it referring to?
Nale: You’re right. But unless they were talking about the “stick to the plan” deal. It was a stupid move. But, I think there might’ve been some worse than that through the years. But, it was probably top five.
Holmes: But you think that’s what you were referring to with that quote.
Nale: That’s probably it. I can’t think of nothing else that I did really dumb.

Holmes: Now that you’ve had a Nicaraguan massage, is that part of your daily regimen? Sneaking out to the spa?
Nale: (Laughs) Hey, I’m telling you, Gordon…I liked that. Maybe not daily, but I might have to slip off so nobody can see me. A guy from Louisiana slipping into some spa? The hardest part is they fed me so much and they had me laying on my belly. That was the pain you were hearing me groaning and everything.

Holmes: When you head into this adventure, it isn’t as simple as, “We’re just gonna dump 18 people into the wilderness.” There’s immunizations, and camera people, and a million other things. What about the process surprised you the most?
Nale: I’ve watched it. I’m not the superfan. But I was thinking these people are really in the bush. But, I’m an outdoors guy. I’d rather sit in the backyard than on the couch. I’ll hook up a TV in the backyard. Me and Wesley were thinking, “We got this.” But, it’s something you can’t practice. You can train, you can treadmill, but the food was the big deal. You’re going down on day one.

Holmes: What were you thinking during Reed’s big speech toward Missy?
Nale: Oh gosh. I remembered that from back, and Reed’s a good speaker. I think maybe he didn’t like Baylor and he was taking it out on Missy. But, he’s a Broadway guy. Dancing and floating around. Words just float off his tongue, unlike me.

Holmes: Alright, word association time. We’ll start with Josh.
Nale: Josh he was a player.
Holmes: Reed?
Nale: (Laughs) Reed was a speaker!
Holmes: Jeremy?
Nale: I like my brother firefighter, but he was a big threat.
Holmes: Jon?
Nale: Attitude? Mr. Michigan.
Holmes: Jaclyn?
Nale: Miss America.
Holmes: Alec?
Nale: Alec’s a good ol’ boy.
Holmes: Natalie?
Nale: Sly and cunning.
Holmes: Missy?
Nale: Kind of a coaster.
Holmes: Baylor?
Nale: (Laughs) Maybe a brat.
Holmes: Let’s finish with Wes.
Nale: Likable, naïve. (Laughs) He was a pretty good player.

Holmes: I’m watching this final immunity and there’s a firepole. How is that fair?
Nale: Golly, I said, “I got this!” But, I never made it to the firepole the second time. I liked it, it was pretty fun. But you saw Jaclyn needs a little practice.
Holmes: You need to take her down to the station and have her do a few reps.
Nale: (Laughs) She hit hard!

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