Stephanie Johnson (‘Survivor: Ghost Island’) exit interview: My children were ‘very heartbroken’ after elimination [PODCAST]

As a “Survivor” superfan who wanted to be seen as a “badass mom,” what was it like for Stephanie Johnson to watch the show every week with her kids? “Watching it with them when I was on has been absolutely amazing, and it’s been so fun to answer their questions,” confesses the latest “Survivor: Ghost Island” castoff after being eliminated in Wednesday’s fifth episode. However, she adds, “Obviously last night had a completely different tone and at the end of the episode I had very heartbroken, angry children. But prior to last night it’s been such a wonderful experience to share with them.” Listen to our “Survivor” exit interview podcast above.

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Since the vote was unanimous to send her home, that means even her closest allies Michael Yerger and Jenna Bowman wrote her name down in addition to the Naviti five. Stephanie’s theory for why that happened? “I believe that they were clued in I was going home.”

Stephanie theorizes, “Being away from my tribe for that 24 hours [on Ghost Island], and having my social game being my strongest suit, it was really devastating. I was away from the bonding that was happening. It would be so easy for Michael and Jenna just to throw me under the bus and say, ‘We’ll do everything you want, just don’t vote us out.'”

If Stephanie had been allowed to play a game at Ghost Island, would she have done so, unlike Kellyn Bechtold last week? “Oh, hell yes!” she tells us. “Yes, I was expecting to play the game. Because from my vantage point, there wasn’t an option. Ghost Island ended up being not the greatest thing for me.”

Also in our “Survivor: Ghost Island” exit interview, Stephanie reveals who she’d vote for to win the $1 million, she tells us about her 17-year journey trying to get on the show, and she names her favorite winner of all time. Only 15 castaways still remain in the game. Who will be voted out next week?

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