Julie McGee, the girlfriend to the bad boy of baseball, John Rocker, is not the first Survivor cast member to throw in the towel, and she probably won’t be the last either. Living through severe weather storms and playing major league mind games finally took its toll on Julie.
“I’m very supportive of everything that he does and I thought this would be a good opportunity for the world to see who John really is and I knew that if the cameras were rolling 24-7.”
She began the game with good intentions, “This all came about because of John originally. Some of the producers contacted him. They said it would be for the Blood vs. Water season and we’re looking at your girlfriend. Do you think she would be on board? And I said without hesitation “Yes!” I’m very supportive of everything that he does and I thought this would be a good opportunity for the world to see who John really is and I knew that if the cameras were rolling 24-7, they would pick up who he really is. I’m a good girlfriend for going without eating for 3 weeks.”
Julie told Global a bit about her rough experience, “It was a lot tougher than I had fully anticipated. I knew it was going to be hard but the mental side of this whole thing, I did not anticipate how tough it was going be. As far as the physical stuff, sleeping outside and going without baths – I would go on long hikes for 4 days at a time and not have very much to eat. I’m more of a rough type of chick and I can roll with it and a lot of people do not see that in me at first glance.”
And we couldn’t talk to Julie without asking about the trail mix incident. We have not seen people get that upset about food since Season 2 when Kel Gleason was accused of smuggling beef jerky. Was there a strategy involved with taking the extra trial mix?
Julie blames television editing for creating a bigger scene and sets the record straight, “The way that the audience saw how this went down as a scandal was no scandal at all. To me, no one ever said anything to me. No one ever confronted me and after it was all said and done, they were the ones that went into my bag and I had no idea because I was already gone – production wouldn’t let me go back and I had no idea they had did that. I would have been pissed because that’s stealing!”
She insists that there was no ill intent involved with pocketing the trail mix, “The stuff that was in my bag, I had carried back in my pockets and my shoes. I felt good and smart that I had kept a few extra pieces when I carried the rest of everyone else’s food down on my head. The bag that I had made out of my shirt was where I was dumping the bowl into and that went into the main drum that we had set up at camp. I just had leftovers that I found in my pockets.”
“It started with how upset I got over thinking that John was acting like a total ass on the other side and on national television.”
Survivor strategists would assume that Julie could have used trail mix-gate to her advantage and propel her further in the game. She agrees, “I think that if I had stayed in the game, everyone would have felt really guilty about all the smack that they were talking about behind my back because everyone was jumping on the “I hate Julie” train instead of really feeling that way. I didn’t steal anything. Everyone was at the feast and I was like, ‘hey everybody, grab what you can – put it in your pocket, put it in your underwear, put it in your shoes’ and if they had stuff leftover, good for them.”
Even though she was sitting in a pretty good spot in the game with a solid alliance, she still made the decision to bow out of Survivor early. What was the thought process behind that decision? “It was something that had been chipping away at me for a good 4-5 days. It started with how upset I got over thinking that John was acting like a total ass on the other side and on national television. That really took it out of me to begin with. And then the rain storm. I didn’t leave at that point and I knew I couldn’t make that kind of decision in that weak moment. It was all these things plus the anticipation of the next rain storm that really kept me on edge. And once I got to the merge, I noticed that it wasn’t as glorious as I thought it was going to be. There were all these couples taking care of each other and I’m out by myself and then everyone started to treat me like an outcast. It was just one thing after another that lead to the final decision that production forced me to make. They said you have to make a decision one way or the other, you can’t sleep on it.”
“After all the smack that he has talked about me, I would still love for Jeremy to win ‘cause I was able to become friends with his wife.”
But now that she has had some time to sleep on it, she has thought about changing her game, “If I could go back, I would try not to show so much emotion and weakness during the rain storm. And try to be a little more talkative in my alliances ‘cause I felt that anything I ever talked about with the individuals in my alliance, it was not aired on TV. So it looked like I didn’t do anything. I really tried to do as much as I could – living day to day, helping out around camp, and winning a challenge when I was up to it. As far as the physical stuff, I really did what I could.”
And even though he wasn’t that nice to her, Julie still picks Jeremy as her Sole Survivor, “After all the smack that he has talked about me, I would still love for Jeremy to win ‘cause I was able to become friends with his wife. She’s a good chick and they have children so they could use the money.”
When is Survivor on TV? In Canada, Survivor airs Wednesdays at 8 et/pt pt on Global
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