Aubry Bracco (‘Survivor’ 38) exit interview: ‘I truly was blindsided in epic fashion,’ but ‘I never give up’

Over the course of 38 seasons of “Survivor,” many players have gone home with hidden immunity idols in their pockets. However, precious few have been eliminated while in the possession of two secret advantages. “I woke up and none of this was a dream,” Aubry Bracco said after being voted out during Wednesday’s two-hour episode. “I got burned real hard last night. I truly was blindsided in epic fashion with an idol and an extra vote in my pocket. Like, J.T. Thomas-style embarrassment.” Read on for more of Aubry’s exit interview from “Survivor: Edge of Extinction.”

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“I am completely in an utter state of shock,” she added after being unanimously voted out by her fellow Manu tribe mates Victoria Baamonde, Wendy Diaz, Eric Hafemann and Gavin Whitson. Aubry ultimately decided not to use her idol or her extra vote because she thought that Wendy was going home. Prior to that, Aubry and Victoria had floated the idea of voting out Eric, but that plan was thwarted when Wendy didn’t seem on board.

Aubry continued, “It’s hard to know how to play when you don’t even know what the ending is. You don’t have information. You are with angry people and you don’t know if you’re playing a game or [you’re] in a big waiting room. But I never give up. For me, as soon as it hits the rock bottom that’s my favorite part because I know it can only go up. I thrive on pulling myself up from the bottom and that’s what I’m gonna do.”

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After Jeff Probst snuffed her torch, Aubry walked down the path and exclaimed “Holy s***!” when she saw the sign post offering her the chance to return to the game by visiting Extinction Island. “Well, that’s an easy decision. No brainer,” Aubry said as she took the torch and made her way to the island, joining former voted-out cast members Reem Daly, Keith Sowell, Chris Underwood and Rick Devens.

Aubry was one of four returning “Survivor” castaways who signed up for Season 38, along with Joe Anglim, Kelley Wentworth and David Wright. On her two prior seasons, Aubry was the runner-up of “Survivor: Kaoh Rong” and came in fifth place in “Survivor: Game Changers.” While Aubry is clearly devastated at her early placement this season, she still has a shot of returning to the game and winning the $1 million prize.

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