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The Celebrity Apprentice
Mar 23 2011, 10:24 AM by KarenWilkinson
Kristina Kell was the first person to find an immunity idol on
this season of Survivor. However, her strong start
was almost too strong, as she tried to take out Rob in the very
first week. But after the most entertaining first Tribal Council in
Survivor history, thanks to Phillip's antics,
Kristina found herself on the wrong side of the numbers. She was
soon voted out of the Ometepe tribe and after losing a duel to Matt
on Redemption Island, was the third castaway to go home. We talked
to Kristina this week about Rob, rice, and whether a certain player
really is a former federal agent.
Knowing what happened at that first Tribal
Council,looking backis there
anything that you might have done differently throughout your
Gosh, you know it's so funny because after the game you go
through "coulda, woulda, shoulda" but while I was there on the
island, I really went over different scenarios: should I go to Rob,
should I do this, should I do that. And going to Rob was an option,
but he just really did not leave the door open for me at all. I
felt that if I had come to him with the [immunity] idol that he
would have betrayed me anyways. So, I tried to stick with what I
thought at the time was the best option. But it was tough because
those guys had a lot of numbers right off the bat. And Phil, who
was an absolute loon, I had to deal with him. I had absolutely no
choice. What an awful person to play Survivor with
because of his unpredictability and his moronic way of thinking. It
was just a tough roll of the dice I got.
Tell me about your relationship with Rob and his
Rob is a brilliant player, he's tactical, he's smart. You can
see how great he's doing. You know, he even looks better than he
normally would in this season because he has an alliance, a group
of people that really aren't very strategic-minded folks. A lot of
the girls are really young, they don't have a lot of life
experience, and they weren't really thinking about the psychology
of Survivor at all. Rob and I were the only ones
to even look for an idol. Grant, Ashley, Natalie - they were just
extensions of Rob, doing whatever he said, doing it the way he said
it, unquestioning, following him down the beach. I think they were
enamored of his celebrity. Everything was done to his
specifications, from building the hut - which I can understand
because he has experience - but even to the way we cooked the rice!
It had to be cooked to the texture that Rob liked, it had to be
overdone and crunchy, it wasn't like regular rice. And if it wasn't
cooked to that specification the girls would get really upset and
freak out that Rob would be angry. Look at the first episode when
we lost: Ashley's comment on camera was she was disappointed in the
loss because she didn't want to disappoint her leader. This is the
mentality I had to deal with.
Both you and Francesca, right from the start you knew
that Rob was a strong player, that he was a threat and you were
acting to get rid of him. Why weren't more people seeing what you
You know, that's the million-dollar question, no pun intended.
It just drove me crazy. You look how he's playing them. Look how
he's telling them he has go to the bathroom and he goes and looks
for the idol. He's just steamrolling over them because they aren't
thinking about the game or strategy, they're having spa days on the
beach. They weren't challenging him at all, they weren't seeing how
dangerous he is. I mean, he plays this game like a champion! The
other team was smart to get Russell out at the beginning because
then they're all on an evil - ha, that's a funny slip, right? -
they're all on an even playing field. And Francesca and I
- and Phillip, to his credit - knew that Rob was a definite threat,
because he's so good. Brilliant guy, gets the followers and gets a
team together that's got the numbers, and he took it and ran. You
gotta hand it to him.
Now, Matt was one of his followers but then he got
blindsided by Rob. Has Matt seen the light?
Ohhh, yes. Matt was really upset about being blindsided. And
when I got to Redemption Island Matt came to me and said "you know,
you were right, Rob was so dangerous, I can't believe I didn't see
it, I wish Andrea and I had aligned with you." And I was sitting
there going "well, that's great now. Really, thanks a
lot!" And this is what's going on with everyone at the tribe.
Grant's like the court jester and he's just getting played right
and left. We saw it last week with the clue. You look at the clue
that Rob dug up, and passed off to Grant - the thing's folded in
four, it's got dirt on it...
It doesn't smell like coffee.
Exactly! It doesn't smell like coffee, it's not rolled up, it
looks like it's been trampled on by a herd of elephants. And Grant,
blinded, doesn't even question the loyalty of Rob who's played this
game four times. It was just the most frustrating situation to be
in. But Matt's so nice and so sweet. I remember at Redemption
Island he turned to Rob and he called Rob a rascal! How great and
old-world and sweet is that to call him a rascal? So I think Matt
will probably pretend to be on Rob's side but he wants to slit
Do you think he'll have a chance to do so?
I don't know. But I'm sure rooting for him.
You mentioned Phillip and how frustrating it was to work
with him. What's your take on Phillip?
Phillip fancied himself the real leader of the tribe, the wisest
person on the tribe, the person with the most "intel" or experience
on the tribe. Mister
guy. Phillip's only capacity in any kind of leadership position
would be if voted Mayor of Crazytown. The guy is delusional -
really, really delusional. And he's paranoid, and he's just out of
his mind. Having to play a mental game - a mentally taxing,
strategy game - with a guy like Phillip was the worst nightmare
anyone could have as a participant in Survivor. It
Do you think he really was a former federal
That's an absolute joke. If he had any kind of serious
responsibility in our government I would urge every single person
living in the United States to write their congressman immediately,
because it's appalling. I mean, would you want Phillip in charge of
anything that was important?
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