Joe Anglim (‘Survivor’ 38) exit interview: ‘You gotta die to be born again,’ he says after epic blindside

“The one thing that I feared happening, happened tonight,” said a distraught Joe Anglim after being blindsided during the seventh episode of “Survivor: Edge of Extinction.” He now joins Reem Daly, Chris Underwood and Aubry Bracco at Extinction Island where he’ll have a chance to return to the game at a later point (he also becomes the fourth member of the jury). In his exit interview at the end of the merge episode, Joe continued on, “I’m trying to keep my emotions together and not break, but maybe I need to be here.”

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Joe was royally betrayed in “There’s Always A Twist” by the six people he trusted the most: his fellow Kama allies Victoria Baamonde, Julia Carter, Ron Clark, Eric Hafemann, Julie Rosenberg and Gavin Whitson. Ron considered himself to be the mastermind of the operation following Joe’s loss at the immunity challenge. The remaining votes from the now-merged tribe members were spread out between Kelley Wentworth, David Wright and Rick Devens, who won his chance to return to the game from Extinction Island.

“I made a big mistake,” Joe declared after Jeff Probst snuffed his torch on Night 19. “Just left the door wide open. Worst thing I could have done,” he said, referring to the fact that he spent all day painting the new tribal sign instead of scrambling for votes. This is Joe’s third time being eliminated on “Survivor” after previously appearing in “Worlds Apart” and “Cambodia.”

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The good news for Joe is that he’s not out of the game just yet. He grabbed his new torch and headed off to Extinction Island, where he was greeted with hugs by Reem, Chris and Aubry. The other two deserted island survivors, Keith Sowell and Wendy Diaz, had enough of the game and decided to voluntarily raise the white mast, signaling a boat to come and pick them up.

“The theme of the merge flag was a phoenix, but you gotta die to be born again, and that’s exactly what I’m gonna do this season,” Joe promised. Only a small percentage of Gold Derby readers accurately predicted Joe’s elimination, as he had third-place odds of 23/2. Instead, our users thought that Dan “Wardog” Dasilva (5/6 odds) or Wendy (10/1 odds) would be voted out.

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