Survivor's Firefighter Gets Burned
Too bad honesty is rarely the best policy on Survivor: Thailand. Last week, Stephanie Dill was the fifth castaway to be voted off Koh Tarutao because, well, she just plum didn't care. "I had pretty much alienated myself from the tribe," she tells TV Guide Online. "I got sick in the first week, I used up my energy, and I got tired and burnt some bridges like when I told Shii Ann to stick the squid wherever she wanted!"
What turned this 29-year-old firefighter from Fayetteville, Ark., against her Sook Jai tribemates? First, their poor outdoorsmanship. Second, their ouster of her pal, Jed Hildebrand. "For the first four days, I got water and Jed tried to get food," Stephanie recalls. "The other six worked on the shelter. It was a very poor division of labor. I wanted some help on carrying the water because the weather was 115 degrees and wearing me out!
"I was aggravated when they voted off Jed, a strong tribe member who happened to be like a brother to me," she adds. "Since I wasn't in this game for the money, I didn't hide my emotions any. I wasn't trying to fly under the radar, so I pretty much let it go how I felt about that."
In the season opener, Steph and Jed looked quite cozy while commiserating on the beach. She denies any sparks between them, though. "Robb, Jed and I are really close," she chuckles, "but there's not even a thought of romance with them or any other castaways. When you're eating grubs and dead squid, the last thing you're thinking of is snugglin' up and smoochin'. It's gross!"
Post-Survivor, Stephanie has left Fayetteville's firehouse in search of a "faster-paced" life. "Arkansas is pretty small minded," she asserts. "It's a hard place to live. I want to be around fun, open-minded people that aren't quite so judgmental. Like, you could go dancing at a club in L.A. and no one's gonna say anything. In Fayetteville, you go dancing and all of a sudden you're a loose woman! Even if you went home by yourself and didn't drink anything, you'd really get chastised for it."