Survivor's Tyson Apostol: "They Voted Me Out For Being Too Awesome"
Survivor's Tyson Apostol, a 30-year-old from Lindon, Utah, looked like a front-runner in the game until two of his alliance-mates, J.T. and Stephen, joined in the 5-to-3 vote to send him home. The admittedly arrogant professional cyclist talked with us about his harsh advice for Sierra, who survived thanks to his dismissal — and also campaigned for a job on The View. (We're sure Barbara Walters will call soon.)
TVGuide.com: Why do you think you were voted off?
Tyson: They voted me out for being too awesome. It was probably one of the only opportunities they were going to get, as I was winning all the challenges. I thought that I was safe until we got rid of Sierra at least, so I didn't really put any thought into protecting myself there.
TVGuide.com: The Warrior Alliance — you, Coach, Debbie, J.T. and Stephen — broke down when J.T. and Stephen voted against you. Who are you rooting for now?
Tyson: I'd like to see Coach or Debbie win. They were my alliance from the beginning and they always stayed true to me. Right now their future looks pretty bleak though, as I was the strongest member of the alliance and got voted out.
Out of [the other side] of the alliance, I would probably have said I like J.T. to win, but watching it on TV I would say probably Stephen. He's playing a really good game. Out there you never saw how strategic he was, and on TV you see him making all the big moves and using J.T. as his puppet.
TVGuide.com: Who did you like the least? We're guessing Sierra.
Tyson: Correct. But for the record, I don't hate her. I just think that she needs to make some changes, maybe do some studying, get a tutor, at least, at least an English tutor. Someone who can help her with her reading-comprehension skills, and just conjugating simple verbs and stuff like that would be a good start. ... It's a human thing to make mistakes, but you should at least try to learn from those. And she doesn't even know she makes them, and that's what I was really out there trying to help her realize that she's not a genius and not everybody loves her.
TVGuide.com: No resentment for J.T., Stephen or Coach for eating the pizza instead of competing during the Immunity Challenge?
Tyson: I was a little bit startled because I thought, you know what? We're out here to win a million dollars. If you're just going to sit down and eat a pizza, then you probably don't deserve to be here in the first place.
TVGuide.com: What's next for you in life?
Tyson: I've been pushing real hard to get a spot on The View lately. I don't know if you're familiar, but former Survivors have actually secured spots on that show. ... And I'm the self-proclaimed greatest Survivor of all time. It doesn't seem like it would be too much effort to push one more chair up there.
Who do you think is the favorite to win?