Last Thursday's Survivor: Pearl Islands had twists to spare! In addition to the return of the fallen Outcasts, Osten Taylor made history by becoming the first player ever to quit. The 27-year-old Boston resident claims he threw in the towel because he felt betrayed that his ousted tribemates were given a second chance.
"After we lost the challenge to the Outcasts, I was like, 'The end does not justify the means,'" Taylor tells TV Guide Online. "That was the last straw. I had enough. People say, 'Hey, you quit.' But [Executive producer] Mark Burnett quit on us by letting the Outcasts in. So I [thought], 'You know what? I'll quit on him.'"
Taylor even managed to unnerve the usually mellow Jeff Probst, who after conducting an unconventional vote, told Taylor to simply "Go home." But Taylor wasn't bothered by Probst's reaction. "I'm not shocked about what anyone has to say," he insists. "People are going to have different reactions to it. But at the end of the day, I'm not doing something for someone else's gratification."
And Taylor even thinks that his self-eviction was a good thing for his suffering tribe. "I actually helped them out so we wouldn't have to get into an argument, or have backbiting," he elaborates. "I said, 'Hey, let's nip this in the bud right now. I'm going home and there will be no confusion about it.'"
But considering that he had expressed a whiny wish to go home earlier in the game, did he have any trouble convincing his team that he really meant it this time? "I knew I wasn't going to be let out then," he cockily reveals. "That was nothing more than a smoke screen. I was just very aggravated at the time, but I really didn't want to leave; they blew it up to be more than it was."