Given her fitness pedigree, it's hardly a surprise that Survivor: All-Stars' Alicia Calaway pulled no punches when TV Guide Online interviewed her shortly after her nationally televised ousting Thursday night. The sassy finger-pointin' 35-year-old — dubbed by her tribemates as the Survivor most likely to be under the false impression that she is a) smart and b) a true All-Star — vented about her doomed alliance with Boston Rob, her beef with Shii Ann and why Amber is the real baby of the show.
TV Guide Online: How upset were you about the whole "She's not really smart" thing?
I wasn't really upset in a hurt way. The way I truly felt about it was frustrated. I had spent the whole entire game on my own without making any alliances. I didn't want to play the way everyone else was playing.
TVGO: That's not true. You made an alliance with Rob.
He came to me with that alliance. When somebody approaches you with an alliance, you really need to agree with it. If you don't agree with it, then they think something is up. You don't have to honor it, but you can't say no to it. You have to make the other person believe that you are going to do what you say. That's really all it was.
TVGO: You said you couldn't trust him, yet you still didn't think he'd vote you out. Explain.
No. I never believed that. I had been watching him play that game, and I knew there was a good possibility that he would write my name down. I think that, going back to that [last] reward challenge, that is why [I was called not smart and un-All-Stars-worthy]. Because if you are in an alliance with somebody, you can't say mean things about them, because then that person won't trust you anymore. I was the only one that they could say those things about because I didn't have any alliances with them. The same thing with Shii Ann. They said mean things about her, too. I think she and I were both in the same boat as far as that was concerned.
TVGO: If that's the case, then why didn't you hear her out when she approached you about an alliance?
After viewing the show last night it kind of seemed like she was coming to me and I said, "No." That's not what happened. What she did was come to me and say, "I have some news." Well, anything that Shii Ann has to tell me is out of desperation. She is either overhearing something or somebody is telling her something that is probably not true. She never once came to me and said, "I want to make an alliance." It was never anything constructive.
TVGO: Is that why you got upset with her when she was gloating about her victory?
I don't blame her for celebrating. God knows celebrating is what I would have done. But I think she took it one step too far when she pointed at all of us and said, "Ha, ha" and then rubbed it in our faces. You have to be a little bit humble.
TVGO: On the Early Show, you said that you were the only person who really stood up to Boston Rob. When exactly was that?
At the very beginning of the game. I was the only one who opened my mouth and put him in his place. That's why we had that argument. But I quickly realized once I did that, that he was looking to get everyone to follow him, and I saw that other people were not going to stand up for themselves. I thought in that case, I'm just going to cool out. He realized then that he wasn't going to be able to control me. Which is why he said he'd waited 27 days to write my name down. And it proved to me that I was the only one he couldn't manipulate.
TVGO: You said in your closing remarks that you were going to give the final two a hard time. Can we look forward to a dramatic speech from you?
I think Sue Hawk is the queen of the final dramatic speeches, so we're going to leave that to her.
TVGO: Will some sparks fly at least?
I am going to stand up there and I'm going to give my honest opinion of the goings-on and the two people that are sitting in front of me. It is not [going to be] pretty.
TVGO: How awkward was it to have to share such a small living space with sweethearts Rob and Amber?
It couldn't be any worse than it was. Have you ever gone out with a couple and the whole time you are thinking, "How do I get out of here because they are just all over each other?" You are like, "Hello? Did you forget that I'm here with you guys?"
TVGO: How is your relationship with Rob now?
The honest truth is that I wasn't really close with him to begin with. I have less respect for him at this point, because I think he played an incredibly ugly game.
TVGO: You seemed a little bitter towards him when you got voted off.
I was totally bitter. I have to say that he's not my favorite person. I think I like him even less than I do Kimmi [her nemesis from Survivor: The Australian Outback] and that's saying a lot. Because Kimmi is not mean-spirited, she's just not smart. How mad can you be at somebody for that? She's not responsible for her actions. Boston Rob premeditates everything that he does, so you can really not like him.
TVGO: You have made it very clear that you don't want Boston Rob to win. But since he and Amber are involved, if she wins, then he wins too.
I think that Amber and Rob are together because they have this comfort level between them. They keep each other in check. But once the next Survivor [is on the air] and nobody is talking about them, I wonder if they are still going to be together. I also wonder if one of them wins the million, if the other will really be sharing it. I would think not.
TVGO: Um, sure. Would you ever do another Survivor?
Never! I'm done. I've completely got this out of my system. I'm so done with it.