On this season of “Survivor,” we all had the opportunity find out a bit more about North Carolina through Jane Bright, a 56-year old dog trainer who managed to surprise many people on the way to making it to sixth place. (Considering that my pre-show predictions had her leaving first, she certainly proved me wrong.)
So what does Jane have to say now about her exit, which she accentuated by putting out the fire at the camp and also firing away on some of her tribemates? I spoke to her briefly on Thursday:
Matt: So why wouldn’t Fabio or Dan switch their votes — was it due to fear of a tie, or did they legitimately think you would beat them in the end?
Jane: Marty had told Dan if there’s any way to make an all-male alliance at the end, go with it. Chase had told Dan and Fabio that he would take them to the end — Sash had told them the same thing. They were betting that one of those two would win immunity and keep picking them. They were men, and they were dead-set they were not picking a woman.
They wouldn’t even have taken Holly! It was a man thing — if it had been two women sitting there, or a man or a woman sitting there, it could have been different. But Dan and Fabio — you could have offered them a million dollars and I don’t think they would have changed their vote.
I was going to ask about campaigning, because I’m sure you did plenty of it before tribal council.
[Of course]. After Chase, Holly, and Sash walked away [after their conversation], I looked at Dan and Fabio and said ‘I’m going to tell you something right now. You two are next to go if one of you doesn’t win immunity — and you are letting it happen. Why don’t we do a tie and see what happens? At least I got a shot to try and win something. I’ll flip over with you guys.’ But they just wouldn’t do it.
We discussed the last six-seven days, what the pecking order was going to be if we continued this four-way alliance. That’s why I was crushed and I found out they were getting rid of me. It was supposed to be Dan! I still don’t know who brought my name up to start.
I don’t know either, but the contestant a lot of people are calling ‘shady’ is Sash. Did you ever sense a moment where it looked like Chase and Holly were going to team with him over you?
I didn’t know anything until I walked up to them. I mean, in my mind I already knew that Marty had already done a whole lot of damage with his little speech, and now I won those challenges, but I’m sorry — I’m not very competitive. I’m not going to throw something like Sash said he was doing — I’m sorry, but I don’t even think he could ‘throw’ something. I just don’t think the man is strong in challenges at all except that mental game.
To go on ‘Survivor,’ unless you’re trying to get someone off that everyone hates, I just think that’s an awful way to try and play.
So would you ever play the game again?
Absolutely! I just wanted to say ‘why didn’t you pick me ten years ago — I’d be ten years younger!’
How many times have you auditioned?
I don’t even know — there was a couples of times when [husband] Don had cancer and I wasn’t going to go then, and then when my teenage daughter was being a teenager, sneaking out at night — I couldn’t go then because I thought her and Don would kill each other!
Who are you rooting for now to win the million?
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