Last week on CBS, Patrick Bolton was blindsided by his Hustlers tribe, causing him to be the third castaway eliminated on “Survivor” 35. Originally from Lanett, AL, this small business owner was voted out unanimously instead of Lauren Rimmer, whom Patrick was convinced was going home. Below, check out our recent interview with Patrick, in which he tells us that “it wasn’t my time to go” and even admits to feeling “lots of anger” following his blindside.
Gold Derby: Hi Patrick! Even though you were voted out of “Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers” early, was the experience everything you hoped it would be?
Patrick Bolton: Yes, the experience was everything I hoped it would be and more, much more. I have seen unbiased opinions of what others think of me, and that will make me a better person. I also got to play the game of a lifetime. I only wish that I would have been able to stay in the game longer. It wasn’t my time to go in the game and I really wish that I had communicated more to solidify my standing.
GD: What emotions were going through your head when host Jeff Probst was reading off the votes?
PB: Uncertainty, confusion, and anger. Lots of anger.
GD: You tried to lighten the mood at camp with your carefree and silly personality. Why do you think that didn’t gel with your fellow Hustlers?
PB: I was just enjoying my time and didn’t think that my end was coming. I had confirmation that Lauren was going home and I had a fellow friend on my tribe. I had a golden ticket, that was made of fools gold. I was too much the topic of conversation and when Lauren pitched the idea to Ryan and Devon, Devon agreed. It ended up being a great play by Lauren that I didn’t think she would be able to facilitate. She was more on the outside from my perspective, but in a game like “Survivor” you can go from prince to popper in a moment’s notice, yet being unnoticed.
GD: If you were to go back and do anything differently, what would it be?
PB: I would play the game with a slightly more reserved attitude.
GD: The previews for next week hint of a tribe switch. If you could have swapped with the other tribes, who do you think you could have gotten along with?
PB: I would have done well if there was a tribe swap. Cole, Roark, Dr. Mike, Desi, Jessica were all players that I looked forward to meeting on the show and had I been on the same tribe with them I would have definitely made an alliance that would have propelled me going forward in the game.
GD: Did anything really memorable happen out there in Fiji that didn’t make it to air?
PB: No, although when I was jumping up and down in Episode 2 and I looked crazy, we were actually playing charades.
GD: Final question: Would you play again?
PB: If I get the chance to play “Survivor” again I will be stoked to do so. The answer is so YES.
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