'Survivor' Q&A

Plane Awful

Castoff Hunter bashes Rob and Sarah. The FedEx pilot was the strongest player but they voted him off anyway -- and he's not happy about it

Hunter Ellis | HUNTER THE HUNTED The poor Fed Ex pilot seemed to have just landed on the island and already got the boot
Image credit: Hunter Ellis: Monty Brinton/CBS
HUNTER THE HUNTED The poor Fed Ex pilot seemed to have just landed on the island and already got the boot

Did anyone else watch Wednesday's episode of ''Survivor'' and think it would be impossible to find a stupider team than Maraamu? They kicked off the one clever, strong, natural leader on the beach! Poor Fed Ex pilot Hunter Ellis ? he was too good for their world. Well, EW.com got some time with Hunter so he could vent about how they sent him packing.

Hunter, I was a little shocked you got the boot.
So was I. I just didn't think it was the right time for them to do it. But once I saw that first vote I knew I was toast. I looked over at Rob and I was wondering if he'd look back at me to see my reaction but he didn't.

What was up with the...how shall I say this nicely...the shortsightedness of your team?
You had two different ways of approaching the game. One approach, which I was taking, was to build a strong team and work on strength and morale and get the ball rolling so we had some momentum going into the merge. You had the other scenario that was self-protect mode of ''I need to get people in my court.'' Rob chose one path over the other. Some people wanted to be king of the castle. I wanted to live in the castle with everyone else.

So you admit your team was lame.
Well, there was just a little bit of drama there. It was like living in a soap opera. A few people didn't want to embrace the experience. My feeling was over 60,000 applied and we got chosen. We owed it to the people who didn't get it to embrace the game. You heard Sarah say she didn't come there to work. Her vision of embracing the experience was different. It just didn't seem like Sarah wanted to be out there for the long haul -- she just wanted to hang out as long as she could. I was ready to starve myself to the end.

Did it feel good to call your teammates ''knuckleheads'' as you did after you got kicked off?
Yeah, it felt good. The way I look at it is that they're giving me a jab by voting me off. I wasn't going to let that go unanswered. I wanted them to know I didn't understand their logic.

What did you think of Rob's self-proclaimed nickname of ''Godfather''?
I had to just laugh at Rob. The guy is the definition of knucklehead. He makes me laugh. That guy would chase chickens until there's no end. He chose to be the guy controlling other people. I didn't want to control anyone and yet I was seen as a leader.

So, was Sarah as annoying and whiny as she seems on TV?
Sarah can definitely be lazy and whiny but it is a tough environment. All of us can be lazy and whiny. There were frustrating times. I tried to hold back until I was talking to the camera. I've grown up on the beach my whole life and I've had survival training. Other people? Day two they were complaining.

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