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Survivor: One World - Exclusive Interview with Colton Cumbie

Posted on 03/22/2012 by Gina in Survivor and Cast Interviews

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Colton Cumbie from Survivor: One World


by Gina Scarpa


Colton described himself very well to RealityWanted: you either love him or hate him. Regardless of your feelings on the Survivor: One World player, he certainly had everyone talking and perhaps that was his ultimate goal. From his attacks on Bill and Leif to his dramatic exit from the game this week, there was never a dull moment when Colton was around. Today, we talked to him in an exclusive interview to find out more about his love for the game, his reaction to how Survivor fans feel about him, and whether or not he's a villain.


Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Especially on last night's episode, a lot of people were talking about what a fan you are of Survivor. Tell us more about that and what you liked about Survivor.
A. Colton: I was really captivated with it. Whenever Australian Outback rolled out, I fell in love with Elizabeth. I had a birthday party that year. I invited 15 other people just so we could play Survivor. There was something about it that I drawn to. I think it was the ability to vote people out. I think there are people in my life I've wanted to vote out. But I'm also very competitive. I know I probably don't come across that way but I don't like to lose.


Q. Gina, RealityWanted: So being a superfan, what was it like to actually be out in the game, be in front of Jeff Probst at tribal council, and compete in the challenges?
A. Colton: It was great! I wasn't like Cochran. I wasn't like flipping out but I was really excited to be there. It's one thing to have a birthday party where your mom makes sack races for you to compete or her idea of puzzles but it was definitely great to actually get to do the actual challenges. I feel like I was gypped because I didn't get to do the individual challenges.


Q. Gina, RealityWanted: In the beginning, you were unhappy about being on a tribe with all men but a lot of them ended up following you. Do you think it was because of your personality or more because you had the idol and therefore, power?
A. Colton: A little of both. People can say all day, "It was the idol," but I honestly think it was my personality. When you have a really strong personality, one of two things is going to happen. You're either going to lead or you're going to end up like Matt. I do want to be in control, I don't want someone else to tell me what I have to do and there were so many guys who were like, "As long as it ain't me!" They jumped on my bandwagon. What you don't see is that my closest ally was Jay and he was my best friend from the get go. He's the only person I wouldn't have backstabbed.


Q. Gina, RealityWanted: There have certainly been some strong reactions to you by the Survivor fans. What do you think of it all?
A. Colton: I think to be honest, I'm not surprised after watching it. I knew I was going to be polarizing. You either love me or hate me. You either get me or my sense of humor or you think I'm the biggest bitch who ever walked. I was kind of surprised by the reaction. If you told me, "People are going to want you dead..." I can see where that hatred would stem from. I personally would never wish that... I don't know.


Q. Gina, RealityWanted: We saw how much you didn't want to leave the game the way you did. What happened after you were taken out?
A. Colton: It was awful. Honestly, it only got worse. They took me into an "ambulance" which in Samoa, is a van. You're riding in this van and Samoans could really use some work in the road department. I was like, "Just knock me out!" 'cause it was unbearable. I actually was taken to a hospital and they found out it was a severe bacterial infection and they gave me antibiotics and from there, they thought it was better and then back in the states, it wasn't completely gone. I had a CT scan and had an allergic reaction to the dye from the scan!


Q. Gina, RealityWanted: I could see you being brought back in another season as a villain, no offense. I think everyone would be especially wary of you but even if they were, would you go back and try again?
A. Colton: I told people, "I'm going to vote you out!" and I did. I can see where I would be labeled as a villain and I would definitely do the game again. I'd play again tomorrow, I'd play today! If they called me up, I'd just be like, "Let me just brush my hair and let's go!"


Survivor: One World airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on CBS.


(Image courtesy of CBS)


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