“I obviously regret that, but I really felt we were solid,” says “Survivor: Game Changers” castoff J.T. Thomas after he chose not to bring his hidden immunity idol to tribal council in this week’s episode. This was J.T.’s third time playing the game after winning “Survivor: Tocantins” and finishing 10th in “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.” He continues, “Michaela Bradshaw was very abrasive for everybody and we were all in agreement even before we knew were going to tribal that Michaela was gonna have to go soon.”
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J.T. tells Gold Derby why he thought he was so safe, explaining, “After talking to Sandra Diaz-Twine and Jeff Varner I basically gave them my point of view, that when we all merge they’re gonna be the first ones picked off. So wouldn’t they much rather have the opportunity to go to the merge with somebody like me who’s got all the connections from the former tribe and actually also has a chance to win challenges? That was like a no-brainer for me.”
At tribal council J.T. suggested that Michaela didn’t deserve the title of “game changer,” which he details more in our conversation. “My experience with Michaela — which everyone else seemed to share this experience — is that she just had a chip on her shoulder from day one. She was very lazy around camp, things like that, so it was very hard to deal with her overall. She was far from a pleasure to be with.”
Also in our “Survivor” podcast, J.T. chats about his decision last week to whisper secrets to Brad Culpepper‘s opposing tribe, where he thinks his hidden immunity idol might be today, his reaction to playing with Sandra again after she beat him in “Heroes vs. Villains,” and why he thinks Cirie Fields or Zeke Smith will win the $1 million prize.
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