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‘Survivor’ Castaway Kelly: ‘Jeremy’s Vote Was a Surprise, That Was Hurtful’

November 19, 2015

"Survivor: Second Chance" (CBS)

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When Kelly Wiglesworth first played “Survivor” fifteen years ago “alliance” was a dirty word, hidden immunity idols didn’t exist, and Spencer was in elementary school.

Things have definitely changed.

I spoke with the original Survivor the morning after her second chance was cut short and asked her about her friendship with Joe, Stephen’s advantage, and Jeff Varner’s infamous conference call…

Gordon Holmes: A popular theme this season is old school vs. new school. Did you enjoy the new-school aspects of the game or were they a little too hectic.
Kelly Wiglesworth: A little bit of both. (Laughs) I felt there were some fun changes in the game. There were some fun challenges. But right out of the gate, instead of getting the necessities squared away, getting shelter, getting fire. It was like, “Nah, let’s not worry about that. Let’s run off into the woods and plot about who we’re going to vote out and get the alliances going.” Within seconds of hitting the beach. That was startling.

Holmes: When you and I talked during the pre-game, I asked if you had any pre-game alliances. You said you didn’t, but Jeff Varner spilled the beans about a conference call you were a part of.
Wiglesworth: I didn’t take it seriously. People were reaching out to me trying to make contact. I was very vague. I’d say, “Let’s see what happens when we get out there.” I didn’t want to make any real pre-game alliances. I didn’t really know anybody. Jeff was somebody that I sort of knew. I’d met him a few times at reunions and charity events.

Holmes: We saw your relationship with Joe for the first time last night. How long had you two been close?
Wiglesworth: We had just met at the merge. We happened to click. We’re similar people with similar interests. We just got along well and had a mutual respect for each other. I guess other people perceived us as sort of a power couple. I heard that term a few times. It even got to the point where we’d have to say, “OK, don’t talk to me today.” Other people were close too. Joe and I were seen as threats in the game, people were very bothered by that.

Holmes: When the vote went down last night, did you have a good idea of who flipped?
Wiglesworth: I figured who it was. I wasn’t surprised. Jeremy’s vote was a surprise, that was hurtful. I was shocked by him. I wasn’t surprised by Spencer or Fishbach or any of the girls. It was a blindside for me. That’s all the rage, the blindside. Everybody loves the blindside. But, when I turned around and grabbed my torch, I did look at Joe. The look said, “Please tell me it wasn’t you. Please tell me you had nothing to do with it. I don’t give a crap about anybody else, but if you did, my heart would literally break.” And my second look was, “Alright dude, you’ve got this. You’ve got to take it now.”
Holmes: I guess you never truly know until you watch it on TV. Was it a relief to get that verification?
Wiglesworth: Definitely. In my heart, I really didn’t think he did. But when you’re out there you never know. One side of you thinks you can trust people, but you don’t really know these people. You only met this dude seven days ago. There’s this second of, “Did someone just really stab me in the back?” But, I didn’t believe he did. Him or Keith. That would’ve made me sad. Kimmi also I knew didn’t have anything to do with it. Tasha didn’t have anything to do with it. The real surprise was Jeremy.

Holmes: What was your plan going forward?
Wiglesworth: I was looking to win immunities. I didn’t feel like I had any other choice than to play the same game I played the first time. Lay low…be cool with everybody. Then win challenges as much as you can. That’s where I was intending to go with it. You hope you can have a strong alliance, but with this season nobody had any loyalty. At the end of the day, if you want to stay in the game you’ve got to have that necklace.

Holmes: What was going through your mind last night when Probst offered the chance for an advantage if you quit the immunity challenge?
Wiglesworth: I was so focused on what I was doing that I wasn’t really listening.
Holmes: (Laughs) Tuning Probst out during challenges is never a bad strategy.
Wiglesworth: (Laughs) I didn’t really get what was going on until it had happened. Spencer and Fishbach were already in the water.
Holmes: What story did Fishbach give when he was asked what his advantage was?
Wiglesworth: He didn’t say anything. We all speculated and he was like, “Can’t tell you.” At least that’s what I heard when I was around. He was like, “Maybe I’ll tell you later.” But the general consensus was that it put a target on him.

Holmes: Alright, word association time. Let’s start with Monica.
Wiglesworth: Fruit.
Holmes: Abi?
Wiglesworth: (Laughs) I don’t know if I can say it.
Holmes: Sure you can.
Wiglesworth: (Laughs) Tension.
Holmes: Chicken. Savage?
Wiglesworth: Mellow.
Holmes: Tasha?
Wiglesworth: Feisty.
Holmes: Jeremy?
Wiglesworth: Confusing.
Holmes: Wentworth?
Wiglesworth: Quiet.
Holmes: Stephen?
Wiglesworth: Funny.
Holmes: Ciera?
Wiglesworth: Games.
Holmes: Joe?
Wiglesworth: Little brother.
Holmes: Kimmi?
Wiglesworth: Mama.
Holmes: Varner?
Wiglesworth: Crazy.
Holmes: Vytas?
Wiglesworth: Talkative.
Holmes: Woo?
Wiglesworth: Awesome.
Holmes:  Keith?
Wiglesworth: Good guy.
Holmes: Shirin?
Wiglesworth: Busy.
Holmes: Spencer?
Wiglesworth: Spinning around in circles.
Holmes: Peih-Gee?
Wiglesworth: Smart.
Holmes: Kass?
Wiglesworth: I…I can’t think of anything for Kass.
Holmes:  Terry?
Wiglesworth: Strong.

Holmes: Has your Second Chance experience changed your opinion of the game?
Wiglesworth: When I first heard about “Survivor”, we didn’t know what the full experience was going to be. I was looking forward to the actual surviving. I really believed people were going to start dropping out because it’s so difficult. I thought people would volunteer to leave or the options to vote out would be more obvious. But, it was much more of a psychological and social game. Knowing that, I was shocked at how that was so much more of a focus. I don’t feel like there was an effort from the new-school players to really try for the survival part. Or try hard in the challenges. It was very, “Let’s focus on someone and get them out.” Why can’t we win a challenge, then we don’t have to worry about that. Let’s worry about it when we have to.

Holmes: One of the criticisms of you game is that you weren’t doing enough strategizing even after losing a challenge. Was that part of the plan?
Wiglesworth: Yeah. I felt like I was one of the biggest targets out there. I had to lay low and be mellow and not try to be as physically strong in challenges. Everyone felt like I didn’t know what was going on and I wasn’t there to play, but that was my strategy. I had to do that.  And later on is when I felt like I was in a position to start making moves. I felt like I was just getting started. I was just getting over my fifteen-year hangover.

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‘Survivor: Second Chance’ Kelly: ‘Can You Really Trust Any of These (Expletive Deleted)’

September 21, 2015

"Survivor: Second Chance" (CBS)

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Name: Kelly Wiglesworth
Season: “Survivor: Borneo”
Finish: Finalist
Why You Should Remember Her: In the season of “Survivor” that first captured America’s imagination, Kelly went on an impressive individual immunity run (four straight wins!) and was the victim of Sue Hawk’s legendary “Rats vs. Snake” speech.

Gordon Holmes: You are “Survivor” royalty. Don’t roll your eyes at me…
Kelly Wiglesworth: (Laughs)
Holmes: Fifteen years later, we’re in Cambodia. Put me in your shoes.
Wiglesworth: I’m really excited to be here. Obviously it’s been a long time. I’m glad we’re in Cambodia. I feel very comfortable with the surroundings. It’s a lot like Borneo. It’s like a baby Borneo. It’s a little nicer. I’m definitely equipped to deal with this environment.

Holmes: What about the changes that have been made to the game over the years?
Wiglesworth: Everyone keeps saying, “The game has changed so much!” I don’t think so. As far as the structure with hidden immunity idols and Exile Island and Redemption Island…there’s a lot of new things. Things…or twists.
Holmes: We can call them things.
Wiglesworth: (Laughs) The actual game itself, that’s the same. You’ve got to make an alliance, hope it works out, and do what you’ve got to do to get to the end. That’s been the same since day one. We just weren’t as open about it. Now people are making alliances already. I’m sure everybody knows everybody. I’m sure there are several alliances happening already. It hasn’t changed, it’s just quicker.

Holmes: Have you kept up with the show at all?
Wiglesworth: No, I never watched it ever. I watched the first one and the last one. And not because of any reason other than I wanted to keep my experience pure for myself. “Survivor” was this big, amazing, wonderful thing I did. I wanted to keep it in that little bubble. I guess I didn’t want to see what TV made it look like. So, I never watched anything between one and the last one. Up until around three years ago I finally watched my show.
Holmes: How was it?
Wiglesworth: It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. Not bad, they didn’t warp it into something else. I thought, “Oh, what if they make me look like a total jerk?” I think everyone has that fear of how you’ll be portrayed. But as far as the rest, I don’t watch any TV. I don’t own a TV.
Holmes: But how do you watch wrestling if you don’t have a TV?
Wiglesworth: I know, right? (Laughs) I miss out on all that stuff.
Holmes: I feel so bad for you.
Wiglesworth: But if I had a TV, that’s what I’d watch. Clearly. I do love wrestling.
Holmes: That’s my smart-ass response whenever someone doesn’t own a TV.
Wiglesworth: I’m not kidding.
Holmes: Wow, I’ve never had that thrown back into my face so well.
Wiglesworth: (Laughs) When I had a TV and I watched wrestling I liked the classics like the Road Warriors, the Nature Boy…
Holmes: I did not anticipate us bonding on this level.
Wiglesworth: (Laughs) C’mon, dude! I grew up in Las Vegas and they used to have those wrestling matches all the time. I went to it once when I was seven and it was the Road Warriors, it was Rowdy Roddy Piper, and Andre the Giant! I was so excited. I was running up and down the aisles screaming. My mom was like, “Whoa…you are really into this.”

Holmes: So, without a TV, do you know who you’re up against here?
Wiglesworth: I haven’t watched every single show, but I’ve studied a little bit. Who they are, what show they were on, what place did they come in. I have a general idea of who they are. People aren’t always the same in every situation.

Holmes: How do you think people perceive you?
Wiglesworth: Obviously people know who I am. They know what I’m capable of in the game. But…I don’t know…good question. People could see me as a threat as far as challenges and whatnot. Also, everyone kind of alludes, “Oh, you’re the original second chancer.” So, nobody wants to go to the end with me. They think the jury will give it to me. I’m hoping that people will want to play with me. I’m hoping they’ll see me as a weird oddity. Or an antique. (Laughs)
Holmes: Found in a glacier and unfrozen from days past.
Wiglesworth: (Laughs) Yeah!

Holmes: There’s always talk of pre-game alliances in returnee seasons. Have you made any?
Wiglesworth: I haven’t made any. I don’t know anybody, so I don’t know anybody to make any with. I’m not out in the mix. I can speculate. My thought would be there are a lot of people who were on the same show together. My initial thought was, “Sure, they’re going to align. They know each other.”

Holmes: Are you worried that you’re  the only player here from your season?
Wiglesworth: Well, I can assume that those people are going to be in an alliance together. But, they might’ve hated each other. It could be easy like, “Let’s break up that alliance.” Or, that’s a solid three-or-four people, maybe I should try to be in an alliance with them.

Holmes: Do you still have relationships with anyone from your season?
Wiglesworth: I keep in touch with Gervase (Peterson) and Joel (Klug). Gervase more than anybody. I don’t have internet where I live. Again, how do I watch wrestling? (Laughs)
Holmes: I’m sending you some DVDs.
Wiglesworth: (Laughs) It’s an hour-and-a-half drive for me to use the internet.
Holmes: Gervase had quite a run a few years ago. Did he give you any advice?
Wiglesworth: He didn’t. I didn’t ask him. But, I know he did really well.  I love Gervase like a brother. I was so proud of him. My mom watches, I wouldn’t call her a super fan, but she knows everybody. She helped me. I got some intel. But, I’m not a planner. I can’t strategize too far in advance. I think when you get too locked in, it just screws you up. Nothing ever goes according to plan. And can you really trust any of these (expletive deleted)?
Holmes: That should be the subhead for this season, “Survivor: Can You Trust Any of These (Expletive Deleted)?”
Wiglesworth: Exactly! You can’t. I think my strength in my game and my life in general is I don’t plan for anything. This thing happens, deal with it.

Holmes: Any guesses for if there are any twists…or things…this season?
Wiglesworth: (Laughs) I thought that they might add some random players into the mix. Maybe people we wouldn’t know of. Another thought was maybe they’d have us in pairs right off the bat. But, I think maybe they wouldn’t put people on the same show in the same team. I think we might be teams of three. Based on what we’re wearing there seems to be three distinct color groups. There’s a green, a blue, and a red. Possibly a Redemption Island…it is Second Chance. You never know, they’re sneaky.

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.

Wiglesworth: Andrew…align. I just get a good feeling from him.

Wiglesworth: Terry…align. He beat my record for challenges. I get a good feeling from Terry.

Wiglesworth: Joe…he’s a tricky one. I’m going to go with align…because…I have a feeling Joe might want to play with me.

Wiglesworth: Spencer…align. I think Spencer wants to play with me too.

Wiglesworth: Jeremy…malign. He seems like a good guy, but he’s good at challenges.

Wiglesworth: Stephen…malign. He seems really sneaky and strategic.

Wiglesworth: Tasha seems like she wants to stir the pot and create a lot of drama. I’m not down with that. Malign.

Wiglesworth: Vytas…align. We’re both yoga teachers. I’ve got to give him the benefit of the doubt on that one.
The down-dog alliance.
(Laughs) Yeah. That works or “Namaste, bitches.”

Wiglesworth: Kelley…malign. She’s too super fan, watched every episode. All into the strategy. And there can only be one Kelly/Kelley.
No matter how many Es.

Wiglesworth: Kass…malign. Her nickname is Chaos Kass. Too much drama.

Wiglesworth: Peih-Gee…align. She seems like she’d be a good person.

Wiglesworth: Ciera…malign. Voting out your mom? That’s kind of harsh.

Wiglesworth: Varner…align. He seems like a good guy. It might bite me in the ass.

Wiglesworth: Abi…malign. Seems a little shady.

Wiglesworth: Keith…align. He’s a redneck. I am a redneck. I watched some of his season and he seems like a solid dude. If he gives you his word, I’d believe it.

Wiglesworth: Monica…malign. Seems sneaky.

Wiglesworth: Kimmi…malign. I sort of remember her from her show being really whiny and complaining a lot.

Wiglesworth: Woo…malign.  I don’t know anything about Woo. So, sorry dude.

Wiglesworth: Shirin…malign. The whole going naked , and talking about poop, and monkeys having sex…that’s going to annoy the (expletive deleted) out of me.

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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.

The Tagi Stratagem

September 9, 2011

The art renaissance continues with a piece I did that depicts my favorite moment in “Survivor” history.

In it, Richard Hatch realizes that winning the final challenge will ultimately cost him the game. If he takes Rudy Boesch to the finals, the former Navy SEAL will clobber him. If he takes Kelly Wiglesworth, the jury will turn on him for stabbing his friend in the back. So, he quit. It ultimately won him a million dollars and turned me into a “Survivor” fan for life.

Survivor Borneo

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