“These People Are Not Any Smarter Than What You’re Watching” – RealityNewsOnline’s Exclusive Interview with Survivor: Gabon’s Corinneby David Bloomberg -- 12/05/2008
Corinne was always upfront about her personality – she likes who she likes and doesn’t like who she doesn’t like. And that certainly came through on the show. So now that she’s off, what does she have to say about them? Read on to find out!
RealityNewsOnline: Hello, Corinne, and thanks for taking the time to talk to us here at RealityNewsOnline! Starting at the beginning, what was your strategy coming into the game?
Corinne: First of all, I trained really really hard, because I thought that as long as you were athletically sound, you would at least make it the first three rounds. I wanted one person I needed and one who needed me. Marcus was strong and I thought, “I need him, he’s really strong and smart and a good guy to align with.” And Bob was the one who needed me. Then there was the amazing and wonderful Charlie, and Randy was a surprise.
RNO: Considering the way you have described your own personality – such as the difficulty you mentioned in pretending to be nice to people you don’t like – why did you choose to go on a show where social interaction is so important?
Corinne: Two things: One is if you notice on the show, I’m very good at containing myself even when I’m furious. While I don’t like doing it, it’s a million dollars. It’s not that I can’t – it’s that in real life I prefer not to. The other thing is I was recruited, I did not seek it. I have never slept outside, I didn’t think this seems like something I should do. It’s a million dollars, I can shut my mouth for 39 days for a million dollars.
RNO: I did think you did an impressive job of not exploding when Sugar lectured you on how to behave.
Corinne: That’s a great example where in real life, I would have leapt across the hut and strangled her.
RNO: We saw a scene in last week’s recap episode with you saying you had prepared a goodbye speech to tell everybody what you think of them when you were voted out, but we didn’t see such a speech last night. Did you have a change of heart or was it just edited out?
Corinne: Well, what happened was when you’re voted out, I assumed there was going to be more time. I pointed to the jury and told them I was coming. I walked around and said, “Thank God.” But I meant that for the next time I see her. There’s not enough time – that would be great if I could go off at the end of Tribal Council. So you save that for wherever you see her again. But I promise you this, you won’t be disappointed with the next interaction I have with her, wherever it is. I promise you.
RNO: Do you think you underestimated some of your fellow players?
Corinne: Hmm. I wish I could come up with a witty answer for that. But I don’t believe I underestimated anybody. I think I overestimated Kenny and Crystal, especially Kenny. I watched the show last night and I saw him say he needed to flush out the idol. [But using the idol] means I was going to play it either way. You had the opportunity to blindside Matty and you forgot the meaning of flushing out the idol. I didn’t understand that. The other thing is it’s only good ‘til Day 36, this is Day 33. I would have taken them to final four – what choice did I have – so why would you be worried? That was such a stupid reason to flip the vote. I thought Kenny would be smarter than that.
What you’re seeing is a lot of luck of the game. These people are not any smarter than what you’re watching.
RNO: What did you think when you saw on TV how easily Sugar found the hidden immunity idol, when had said she would instead be in a fetal position, crying, at Exile Island?
Corinne: She was in a fetal position crying before and after she found the idol, and every other day we were there. I’m sure if she found it, I could have found it just as easily. She’s not a rocket scientist. People find idols. I thought she’d have a meltdown – she’s crying when she finds it, she cries when people win, she cries when people lose. She’s extremely emotional.
RNO: Some of your cohorts have suggested in previous interviews that she’s gotten a princess edit. Do you agree?
Corinne: No, I don’t. You don’t know what anybody’s edit is until the show is over. Is her laughing at Randy something a good, crafty person would do? I think her edit is accurate. They cut out a lot of crying, but it’s accurate – she’s not very bright and she’s really annoying, and I think that comes across.
RNO: You also said you plan to never exchange another sentence with Sugar, but mentioned that you’re saving up to let her know what you think.
Corinne: Obviously, I meant I wouldn’t in life. I think after shows wrap, sometimes people bury the hatchet and are nice to each other. I meant if I saw her hit by a car and dying by the side of the road, I would not help scrape her body off the pavement. I’m going to a finale where she’s going to be, I’m sure there will be some interaction.
RNO: I have to admit that I was surprised you didn’t seem to hold a grudge against Bob for participating in the first fake immunity idol scam against Randy. Why not?
Corinne: That is a great question. There is something edited out that is very important in that episode. They basically pulled Bob aside [in Episode 10] and said he was going to be voted out, not Randy. They all wanted him gone because he’s likeable. It’s easier to take Randy to the end, we’re not very well liked. They told him if you cooperate, we will save you for one round.
He is not that guy, that is not representative of his behavior, which is why you saw him flipping out at Sugar. That moment, there is more of that they didn’t show, he is just twisted with guilt. He was a broken man. He said he didn’t come on the show to be someone he’s not, he can’t believe he did that. He did it to save himself one more round. They didn’t show that. That’s not how it went down at all.
RNO: In your final words, you said you don’t like any of the remaining players except Bob and Ken. Hearing you say that about Ken was a surprise. Why did you wish him the best along with Bob?
Corinne: At that moment, I thought Crystal just didn’t flip. From my perspective – you’re seeing the whole thing. I only knew Ken was voting with me and he said he’d vote in block letters with a smiley face, and he did. I knew he had flipped and Crystal didn’t. I just thought, “Now I’ve screwed Kenny.” He’s sort of gullible and believed me. So I thought the least I could do was wish him luck. I am a nice person! I like the people I like.
RNO: Has you opinion of anybody changed after watching the show to date?
Corinne: No. There’s nothing I thought of those people then that I don’t still think of them now. If I did not like you on the show, I certainly don’t like you in real life, and if I liked you on the show, you will be my best friend forever. I adored the people in my alliance – Bob, Charlie, Marcus, and Randy – I will always be friends with them. I loved Paloma and Jacquie. Unfortunately, those people are not left and I stand by my statements made about the other people.
RNO: In hindsight, is there anything you would have done differently?
Corinne: Yes. The one thing that plagues me to this day is when Paloma was voted out, I wanted to vote out Sugar and so did Bob. He was originally aligned with Ace and he flipped because he did not like Sugar. I could have taken out Sugar – Kelly, Paloma, me, and Bob were all against Sugar. If I had just approached Charlie and taken out Sugar… I regret that forever. Paloma would have been an amazing game player and she was very, very bright. I didn’t think it was a good idea to ruffle feathers that early, and everybody agreed, so to stick out my neck to save her seemed like it would be a bad idea.
RNO: Do you have anything else you’d like to tell us about your time on Survivor?
Corinne: I read the message boards avidly and am now a big Survivor fan. Yes, I was recruited but I had to give up everything to go on the show. I had to quit my high-paying job and came back to a terrible economy. I put my all into it and whether people like me or not, just know that I gave up everything I had to go on that show.
RNO: Thanks again, Corinne!
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