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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.

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

‘Survivor: Second Chance’ Tasha – ‘I Want to Get Rid of as Many Girls as Possible’

September 21, 2015

"Survivor: Second Chance" (CBS)

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Name: Tasha Fox
“Survivor: Cagayan”
Sixth Place
Why You Should Remember Her:
With her back against the wall, Tasha pulled off three consecutive immunity challenge wins.

Gordon Holmes: You and I have an issue where you live in St. Louis and yet you don’t know much about my beloved St. Louis Cardinals. Have you improved this flaw in your game? Do you have a favorite Cardinal now?
Tasha Fox: (Laughs) My favorite Cardinal is Matt Holliday.
I’ll accept that.
How about Chris Carpenter?
He’s retired!
(Laughs) I tried. And after our last interview I was naming off all these Cardinals.
Sure you were.

Holmes: Alright, what do you think players will remember about Tasha Fox?
Fox: I would say I was somebody that was likable. I didn’t have any friction with anyone else in the cast. I was strong. I was strategic. I think I built up some good will. People who watch my season wouldn’t view me as a villain or a troublemaker. So, I think I have some options this season that I didn’t have my first season. In the beginning you could see my strategy. The whole Garrett (Adelstein) situation, the whole J’Tia (Taylor) situation. I came out on top. Not once was I considered for voting out. So, to be able to work in that situation and not be a threat shows my strategic side.

Holmes: I’m pretty sure I picked you to win Cagayan. I’m blanking.
Fox: Well, you should have. (Laughs) The thing is you have no idea how the game is going to go.
It’s like marbles. You drop them, then you have no idea where they’ll end up.
Fox: Well, the tribes sucked.
(Laughs) Fair enough. But, the person I pick never wins. So, I cursed you. I won’t do that to you again because I feel terrible. But, is there anyone else you would like me to curse?
Fox: Yeah, make Kass your pick.
You want me to say Kass will win this season.
Yeah, then she won’t.
That might kill my reputation. But, it wasn’t much of a reputation to start with.

Holmes: A lot of returnee seasons have pre-game alliances. Have you been approached by anyone?
Fox: I wouldn’t say that I’ve been approached like, “Hey, let’s work together.” It’s more like, “I really like the way you played, I’m voting for you.” That’s how loose it’s been. I don’t know if you can take that as a pre-game alliance set-up. I’m not as connected as other players. I’m going to be forming my alliance on the island.
You guys have been together a while. Is there a lot winking, nudging, nodding going on?
I see people smiling at each other. We’re supposed to be on lockdown, but some quick conversations are going on. It’s frustrating because I’m trying to play by the rules. I see stuff going on, I’m taking notes.
Who’s talking?
Kass is the main one. She’s talking to everyone. The handlers are like, “Stop it!” Abi is pretty social with the non-verbals as well.

Holmes: You’re one of four Cagayaners. Does that put a target on your back?
Fox: I don’t think it puts a target on my back. It’s obvious that I’m not tight with Kass and I’m not tight with Woo. If anybody is worried about two people getting together, they should worry about Spencer and me. But other than Spence, they shouldn’t worry about me working with Woo or Kass.
What about the San Juan del Surians?
I would say I’m not worried about them because they played with their loved ones and that was their main alliance. But, I might seek one or two of them out because they’re gameplay was with another person. They’re used to immediately having someone.

Holmes: There are some old-school players here who haven’t had to deal with idols or double votes. How do you approach that?
Fox: Kelly Wiglesworth, Jeff Varner, Kimmi…it’s going to be interesting to watch them play. “Survivor” was slow back then. Now it’s a very fast game. I’m trying to debate if I will reach out to them. I just don’t know how they’re react to the fast style of play. I’ll have to feel that out. Kelly looks strong, she was a challenge threat back in the day. She might be a good alliance member. But I don’t know where her mind is at. Ideally for me, I want to get rid of as many girls as possible.
We have a lot of strong guys. I don’t expect to be the challenge beast this season. So, if we can knock off the girls and then have the guys dominate post merge, I think they’ll pick themselves off. And then I can step it up at the end.

Holmes: Any guesses on any potential twists this season…if there are any?
Fox: I definitely hope they do more tribe switches because of the threat of pre-game alliances. It’d be nice if every few challenges…drop your buffs. It’ll force you to not rely on pre-game alliances. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was Redemption Island. This season is about second chances and that’s what Redemption Island is. I expect some crazy twists. I expect a lot of activities and challenges to be reminiscent of our seasons. Like challenges done in our seasons.

Holmes: The vote-in process had to have been horrible.
Fox: It was a great concept for the fans, but from the players’ standpoint you’re telling your job, “Hey, I might be back and I might not be back.” And mentally, you want to get prepared, but you might be doing this work for nothing. It was tough.
When Jeff says, “Tasha…you’re in,” what’re you thinking?
Well, first of all I was sweating bullets because there were nine girls already on the stage. I was the last one. So, I was nervous. And it was between me and Mama C (Carolyn Rivera). If she’s in, that means I’m out. I was looking at her and she was looking at me. And the look on her face when he told her, I felt so bad. But then I was like, “Yay!” I was jumping up and down.
You felt bad…but not that bad.

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.

Fox: Vytas…align. I love his gameplay. Very strategic and spiritually grounded.

Fox: Spencer…align. What else can I say? We’re Team Spensher together.
Holmes: Yikes. That’s better than Team Tasher?
Fox: (Laughs)

Fox: Woo…malign. Been there, done that, not impressed.

Fox: Peih-Gee…malign. Too opinionated. Will likely be an early target and I can’t lose an alliance member that early.

Fox: Monica…align. She has the face. We can use her to woo the guys.

Fox: Jeremy…align. Strong, strategic, and a nice guy.

Fox: Joe…malign. Pretty face but I don’t know if he’s very strategic.

Fox: Kelly…align. Strong girl, can use her to get to the end.

Fox: Kimmi…malign. Not very physical in terms of appearance. Will likely be an early boot.

Fox: Terry…align. He’s like the father figure. He’ll look at me hopefully like a daughter and treat me as such.

Fox: Keith…malign. Appears to be more of a man’s club kind of guy.

Fox: Stephen…super strategic…very well connected. Knows the game. Align.

Fox: Shirin…malign. Annoying.

Fox: Abi-Maria…malign. Too controversial. Too rash.

Fox: Jeff…malign. Too much of a gossip.

Fox: Ciera…align. A strong girl, I loved the game she played the first time. I think she has staying power.

Fox: Kass…malign. No words necessary.

Fox: Kelley…malign. Sweet girl, I don’t know if I can trust her.

Fox: Andrew…malign. Sweet guy, too. But, I already have eight alliance members.

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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.

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