Arguably Survivor: Africa
's cleverest conniver, even Brandon Quinton
couldn't outlast his touchy tribemates. "I love drama," he giggles. "Drama is our friend. People take this game show for more than it is. I went out there to have a good time at other people's expense and that's what I did!" The 25-year-old gay bartender surely stirred up his share of chaos, intoxicating rivals with well-spun lies and always adding a splash of sass to keep us
laughing all the while. Now, join TV Guide Online as we quiz Brandon for the truth about his tricks, homophobic compatriots and life as a newly-minted gay celeb.
TVGO: With all our faves voted off Silas, Jessie and now you is there any reason to watch Survivor anymore?
Brandon: Oh, bless your heart. You can tell your readers I was the most interesting person. I don't mind that.
TVGO: What was the most fun you had scheming in Kenya?
Brandon: Oh gosh, there were so many times... Makin' Silas think it was his idea to get rid of Doc when that was my idea. And making Lex think that Kelly cast that vote [against him]. Those were both fun! I'm sure I did other devious things, I'm just not thinking of them right now...
TVGO: It's clear some folks voted you off just for being gay.
Brandon: That was the only reason for Big Tom. Frank has other reasons, because when we had our Samburu alliance, we did treat the [older people] pretty badly. Plus, he doesn't do a lot of thinking for himself and he was under Tom's homophobic thumb.
TVGO: How did their attitude toward gays make you feel?
Brandon: I don't have a chip on my shoulder about it. I never have. When you grow up in rural Oklahoma, you were called "queer" and "fag" all the time. I am a fag, so it doesn't bother me when people call me that. I don't feel the need to be liked by everybody. If somebody doesn't like me, [expletive] 'em. I don't care.
TVGO: You've got some mouth on you, young man!
Brandon: (Laughs) My airtime was cut in half just from language alone.
TVGO: Did original Survivor Rich Hatch inspire you to be open about your sexuality on TV?
Brandon: Oh, no. I think Richard Hatch is a poor example of gay people. I haven't seen any redeeming qualities in him as a person. He has all this fame from the show and he didn't use it for anything except to further himself. I couldn't relate to him at all.
TVGO: Okay, so why did you do Survivor?
Brandon: I went on the show because [I didn't see] any twentysomething gay people on TV that weren't very promiscuous or into the drug scene. We're portrayed in a really bad light. Unwittingly, I became this gay weakling stereotype and that wasn't what I wanted at all. The people that talk about how I just coasted through the game and blah blah blah... they should take a good, long look that I was out there for a month and then look at some people they thought were gonna win that dropped off along the way.
TVGO: Did you have a crush on Silas like everyone else?
TVGO: Any acting ambitions like him and the others?
Brandon: None of the men were really my type. Ethan's very sweet. Silas? His personality ruins anything he might have that's cute. I guess if you're into that "shake your hand, pee on your leg" kind of [guy].
I don't see a big TV career for myself I'm too big a bitch for that, quite frankly! But I've definitely got some pet charities. In the end of January, I'm flying the other Survivors in for a big benefit at Dallas AIDS Resource Center. I have about $20,000 in pledges and I'm excited about that