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‘Survivor’ Runner-Up Tasha and Castaway Kelley Discuss the Finale

December 17, 2015

"Survivor: Second Chance" (CBS)

Kelley and Tasha weren’t the most memorable people on their previous seasons. You could argue that they weren’t even the 5th or 6th most memorable people on their season.

That’s why when they were given a Second Chance by the “Survivor” fandom, they swung for the fences. Their shots might have been caught at the warning track, but they were impressive nonetheless.

I spoke to the second and fourth place finishers the morning after the explosive finale and asked them about Jeremy’s pregnancy, Spencer’s loyalty, and proper voice retention methods…

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Gordon Holmes: Good morning.
Kelley Wentworth: Good morning. I kind of lost my voice, so I’m sorry.
Holmes: How dare you.
Wentworth: (Laughs) I know, I know, I sound like crap.
Holmes: Tasha, thank you for being a professional and managing to keep your voice.
Tasha Fox: (Laughs) I know. Especially after going to “The Price Is Right” on Monday where they made us scream the entire time.
Wentworth: This is crap, I sound like I smoked ten packs of cigarettes last night.
Holmes: Well, how many did you smoke?
Wentworth: I kept it to one. I’m totally joking, I don’t smoke. Please, I’m not a smoker, guys.
Holmes: Too late, it’s on record. You can’t trust those press people, they’re all scumbags.
Wentworth: (Laughs) I know all about it.

Holmes: Tasha, you get to final four and it’s been said that anyone who goes to the end with Jeremy is playing for second or third place. If Jeremy drops a ball, would you have booted him and tried your luck with Kelley?
Fox: I would’ve kept Jeremy. Kelley was a strong player and could have won the game as well. I would’ve kept Jeremy because he was my boy from day one and loyalty would have trumped everything in that situation. So, it’s the devil you know or the devil you don’t know.
Holmes: If they had voted for you instead and we ended up with a final three of Jeremy, Spencer, and Kelley, where would have your vote gone?
Fox: Definitely Jeremy. That’s a no-brainer. You can’t deny a man with a wife and a baby on the way.

Holmes: Kelley, you had an idol up until final six. Was there ever an opportunity to try to sway the numbers to your side beforehard using the idol as leverage?
Wentworth: When did I ever have the numbers in my favor, Gordon? C’mon. I was in danger, I was on the bottom for much of the game, I wasn’t going to play it until I had to.

Holmes: When I talked to Jeremy, he said that the big turning point was when you didn’t choose him, Tasha, or Spencer for the family reward. That seemed to cement that alliance.
Wentworth: That was a tough one. Looking back I should not have won that one. I knew leaving people back at camp was dangerous. And unfortunately I thought I was closer to Spencer than I was. So, when I got back I said, “I trusted you back here.” Clearly that was a mistake. But, watching it on television I saw exactly what went on and it doesn’t surprise me.
Fox: I talked to Spencer after the merge and we pretty much said depending on where the game goes from here, it’ll decide whether or not we can stick together. But after the merge Spencer was playing both sides. I think he had relationships with Kelley and her side and Jeremy and me. He was wavering back and forth since the merge. And it was the family visit that solidified that alliance. We were able to talk through the rest of the game.

Holmes: Kelley, I just spoke to Spencer. When we did the word association for you he said…
Wentworth:  Oh boy…
Holmes: He said, “betrayed.” I asked him to elaborate and he said that he felt bad for betraying you.
Wentworth: Oh.
Holmes: And that was one of his biggest regrets in the game. What exactly happened to cause such animosity?
Wentworth: It’s tough, as Tasha said he was playing both sides. From day one, even on Ta Keo, he was the one person that I felt close to. Obviously that vote with Shirin did a little damage to our relationship, but after the merge he was working both sides. We had a lot of personal conversations about family. I don’t want to get into too many details about what we were talking about, but I didn’t think he’d be the kind of person to go to the other side.

Holmes: Kelley hung in at the bottom for a while. She played two idols at the right time. Tasha, how scared were you guys that she would get to  the end?
Fox: We were definitely afraid of Wentworth. She was a formidable threat. Fortunately, there were expendable people whenever she had a necklace. She was a threat the entire game. The timing happened to work out. Spencer, Jeremy, and I were locked in, so if any one of us won, we knew what to do.

Holmes: Tasha, were you concerned that Kass was the first juror?
Fox: Yeah, I knew she was going to be a hater. And I know based on Ponderosa videos that Kass made me the topic of conversation every day, fifteen times a day. That’s what Savage said in Abi’s Ponderosa video.
Holmes: Kelley, what was your experience like on the jury? I’d imagine it was a quick turnaround.
Wentworth:  I was only at Ponderosa for a short time. I was in a cloud, I was trying to process everything. I’d go by myself and watch movies. I saw people talking to people and people asked me what happened in the last days. When Jeremy said that thing about his son, anybody who was on the edge, that put them over.
Holmes: When Jeremy told everyone about the baby, a little part of me wondered if people thought he was pulling a Jonny Fairplay “Grandma” move. Did anyone on the jury have that feeling?
Wentworth: I don’t think anyone believes that Jeremy would lie about something like that. He was too emotional. And I knew based on how he won that last challenge that there’s no way he’d lie about that.

Holmes: The big theme of this season was Second Chances. And I’d kind of lump you two together as people who had potential the first time out, but you weren’t able to overcome being dealt a bad hand. What does it mean to get to show the fans that voted you in that they made a good choice?
Fox: For me, I started out on the Brains tribe that was quite the experience. I had my back against the wall the entire time. My Second Chance was about building the necessary relationships so nobody flips. I had to change my direction in the game when Angkor happened. I had to claw my way from the bottom to the top. I put on ten pounds before the game started so I didn’t look like a challenge threat. I knew that wasn’t the game I wanted to play. Being the competitor I was, I had to let that go. And after a while, my challenge activities dwindled because I was trying to play a social game. I let the physical part go.
Wentworth: For me personally, I didn’t make the merge. It is what it is. People were like, “Oh God, who is this girl?” I wanted to come out and prove myself and make big moves. That’s exactly what I did. As far as the fans believing in us and the entire cast? It’s so amazing. I can’t put into words what it’s like when people want to see you more.

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

September 16, 2015

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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.

‘Survivor’ Castaway Kelley – ‘I Don’t Know if (Baylor) Has Daddy Issues’

October 23, 2014

'Survivor: San Juan del Sur' (CBS)

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I remember hating the “Blood vs. Water” concept when I first heard about it. But then, I sat in a tent in a buggy field in the Philippines and watched as Marissa was voted off because of her uncle’s braggadocios behavior.

Mind blown.

Last night it happened again. Kelley was in bad shape due to the tribe swap, but it was her own father who forced new Coyopa’s hand.

I spoke with Kelley the morning after her elimination and found out why they targeted her, why Drew said such nasty things about her, and what her relationship with her father is like now…

Gordon Holmes: This might be a bit before your time, but the Fresh Prince captured it best when he said, “Take it from me, parents just don’t understand.”
Kelley Wentworth: (Laughs) Oh my god. That’s good.
Holmes: It’s rough. I had a situation this weekend with my parents. And sometimes they just don’t listen.
Wentworth: They don’t listen!
Holmes: Tell me about it. Literally. Start from where you got a new buff and end when you had to take your dad for a walk to keep him from tackling Missy.
Wentworth: We drew the buffs and I saw who I was with and I was bummed out. One part of me wanted to play with my dad, I thought that’d be fun. But, the other two couples and the single I was with, I had no ties to them. And, I was trying to get Jon out before Drew, and he knew that. I knew I was in big trouble. And when we got back to camp everyone was all hunky dory and being nice to each other. Then the rice situation comes up. At Hunahpu our rice was pretty much gone. And Missy, who coined herself the “Rice Queen.” I mean, not really, that’s what I’m calling her. But she made the rice at every meal and Hunahpu was eating twice a day and Coyopa was only eating once. She started making the rice and my dad was saying, “Hey, we’re not going to be able to last the rest of this game if you make that much rice.” And you’ve got Baylor over there going along with her mom because she hates my dad for some reason. I don’t know if she has daddy issues or what the problem is. And that’s where it all started. I saw it escalating, so I took my dad away. We knew there was going to be a merge in a few votes and we don’t want to give someone a reason to vote for us.

Holmes: Why do you think they targeted you?
Wentworth: They know that I had alliances on the other side and if I had made the merge I would have gone back to them. I would have never gone with Missy or Jon if I had made the merge. And Jon had known that I’d thrown his name out there. And my dad has no alliances left, really. Maybe Josh?
Holmes: I didn’t see it coming. Did you?
Wentworth: I did. I knew it was between me and Baylor. And when I held up my vote I said, “May the best woman win.” And we all know that didn’t happen.
Holmes: Well played.

Holmes: In the first episode it seemed like the main alliance at Hunahpu was you, Jeremy, Natalie, and Missy with Keith kind of on the side. Was that how it stayed?
Wentworth: I was really close with Jeremy and Natalie. He was the person I’d gone to and we’d discussed getting rid of Jon. Missy was close with Natalie, but I wasn’t close to her. And Keith? I don’t know. He was living in his own world. I don’t know what that guy was thinking. He obviously didn’t vote with us.
Holmes: At this point, does anyone know that Keith has an idol?
Wentworth: There was speculation that he had an idol, but nobody knew for sure. I have a sneaking suspicion that Missy actually knew. I went to Keith and said, “What are you thinking?” And he straight up said, “Oh, me and Jeremy and Jon and Drew and one of the other ladies…we’re in an alliance.” So, I think he was really close with Missy.

Holmes: Things got ugly last week between you and Drew. And even in the exit interview, we do a word association here…
Wentworth: Oh, I can’t wait!
Holmes: Good. I appreciate the enthusiasm. But, when I said “Kelley” he responded with the B word. Why were things so heated between you two? When I asked him, he said it was because you were eating the same amount of food.
Wentworth: (Laughs)
Holmes: My girlfriend and I went to dinner Tuesday night and split an appetizer evenly, and I didn’t call her the B word.
Wentworth: (Laughs) I wouldn’t either! I think Drew and I are very different people. I grew up on a farm and I work really hard and I have for everything I have. And, I’m sorry Drew, but he works for his parents and he’s a mama’s boy. We’re just very different.  I’m sorry to hear he thinks I’m the B word. Drew and I will probably never be best friends.
Holmes: We’ve been talking for a bit, and you’ve yet to display any B-word behavior.
Wentworth: (Laughs) Aww…thanks!

Holmes: Alright, word association time. Let’s start with Jeremy.
Wentworth: Amazing. Good game player.
Holmes: Natalie?
Wentworth: I love that girl. She’s awesome.
Holmes: Jon?
Wentworth: Eh…a little bit clueless.
Holmes: John Rocker?
Wentworth: I didn’t mind John Rocker. I think he’s a cool guy.
Holmes: Jaclyn?
Wentworth: She’ll go wherever the wind takes her…that wind being Jon.
Holmes: Drew?
Wentworth: (Laughs) Um…thinks a lot of himself.
Holmes: You knew that was coming.
Wentworth: (Laughs) I know! I’m trying to be a little bit nice.
Holmes: Nice? That’s not what this exercise if for. Missy?
Wentworth: She’s been divorced three times, I don’t need to say anything more.
Holmes: Baylor?
Wentworth: Spoiled brat.
Holmes: Keith?
Wentworth: Also clueless.
Holmes: Julie?
Wentworth:  More than meets the eye.
Holmes: Reed?
Wentworth: A game player. I like Reed a lot.
Holmes: We’ll finish with Dale.
Wentworth: Love you, Dad. No hard feelings.

Holmes: That’s good to hear. So where are things between you and your father now?
Wentworth: Despite what I said last night, my dad and I are very close. This experience has definitely brought us closer. But, I think we both would have been better off playing on our own. It’s the truth.

Holmes: I heard a rumor that Jon does Disney impersonations.
Wentworth: Oh my, he does. I think Jon wants to secretly be an actor. He knows the words to like every Disney song. Some people found if funny. It was funny for one song and then it was really annoying. So, please no more Disney songs.
Holmes: I was going to ask which character he does best, but I’m thinking your answer would be “None of the above.”
Wentworth: Ugh…he was pretty funny doing “The Lion King.” He did all the characters; Timon and Pumba and whatever. But that was enough for me.
Holmes: So, he doesn’t have a killer Princess Jasmine?
Wentworth: Oh…I went to bed at that point. I could only listen to so many Disney songs.

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