Survivor's Tyrone: Holly "Had Issues, I Think, with Black Folks"
Survivor: Nicaragua's Tyrone Davis wants to clarify that no, he wasn't voted home because of the chicken. The Los Angeles fire captain, 42, found himself in a debate after the commingling of the older and younger tribes when he argued against killing one of his new tribe's birds. (The show suggested that when it was time to eat, he ate more than his share — which he denies doing.) The chicken-and-egg fight might seem a perfect metaphor for youthful impetuousness vs. old wisdom: Better to feast on chicken for one day or eat eggs for much longer? But Davis believes he was sent home because he was a formidable competitor, not because of birds. And that race, unfortunately, may also have been a factor.
TVGuide.com: Why do you think you were voted off? Did it come down to the chicken and the egg argument?
Tyrone: Hell, no. I knew it was going to go down one way or the other and some more things came clear that I speculated but didn't want to believe. ... The four members of my tribe, of the four members, I knew two of us were not necessarily a threat and those two were Holly and Dan. So what I did is I told Yve as soon as they came over, it's a matter of numbers at this point. Somebody's going to vote with the other tribe. And I knew Holly was the most unstable on our side. I tried connecting with Holly early on but she had issues, I think, with black folks, based on some things she had said early on in the game.
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TVGuide.com: What did Holly say ?
Tyrone: Were were laying in the shelter one night, and just out of the blue she goes, "Hey, I've never slept next to a brother before." It was funny, but the way it was said and the context of how it was said there were some undertones, and she's from somewhere where, you know...
TVGuide.com: South Dakota.
Tyrone: How many black folks are in South Dakota? Two? Four? I mean, come on. So there's that, and then I'm the big, muscular, intimidating black man from Compton. Okay, whatever. And then there's a lot of factors that come into play.
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TVGuide: Did your time in Nicaragua come anywhere near the stress of being a fire captain? Or was it nothing compared to your normal day-to-day?
Tyrone: It didn't come close to the stress of being a fire captain. Because [as a fire captain], everything matters. Because you're really affecting people, people who you care about. I care about my crew. Every decision I make is going to have an impact on them. If they're having a problem with their husband or wife at home, I have to put on my Dr. Phil hat, if you will. ... I'm concerned about them, one, on a human level, but I'm concerned about them, two, so they can perform. If we get in a precarious situation, a fire and whatnot, and they happen to flash back and trip out, that's not good.
TVGuide.com: For the record, it makes more sense to let the chicken live and have the eggs, right?
Tyrone: Young folks want instant gratification. They want it now. And that's the whole part of the generation gap thing. ... My thinking was, let's eat for the long term.