Aurora McCreary really, really wanted to be taken on the helicopter/resort reward in the 13th episode of “Survivor: Edge of Extinction,” but challenge winner Gavin Whitson instead invited along Victoria Baamonde and Lauren O’Connell. Back at camp, a disappointed Aurora tried to distract herself by soaking up some rays on the beach when the threesome literally flew overhead in the helicopter. While the episode didn’t show Aurora’s perspective of this memorable encounter, CBS has now released a deleted scene revealing just that. Watch the video above.
“I haven’t been taken on a reward,” Aurora said, her voice quivering. “I think my first reaction was that I wasn’t good enough. I had the emotion of feeling like an outcast.” Getting personal, Aurora then revealed, “I grew up in the foster care system and no matter how amazing your life is when being adopted, when having a family, you look back and you question your worth.”
The 32-year-old from Orlando, Florida continued, “I’ve definitely created the insecurity of feeling less-than, different, having to constantly fight for something. I had to deal with that pretty early. But I learned that the only thing promised in life is what you make out of it. I’ve gotta get up because there’s one thing about ‘Survivor,’ there’s one thing about life: If you give up you’re the only one to blame.”
“It’s a game and I know that,” Aurora added. “If I don’t get taken on a reward, I’ll deal with it. I just want to make it to the end.” Unfortunately, Aurora’s hopes of winning the $1 million prize were shattered in the penultimate episode after the tribe’s target Rick Devens won immunity and then threatened to use his hidden idol on Julie Rosenberg. That left the powerful threesome of Gavin, Victoria and Lauren to vote out Aurora.
Aurora joined up with the other 10 eliminated castaways at the Edge of Extinction, who’ve all been patiently waiting for their chance to return to the game. They are: Reem Daly, Chris Underwood, Aubry Bracco, Joe Anglim, Eric Hafemann, Julia Carter, David Wright, Kelley Wentworth, Dan “Wardog” DaSilva and Ron Clark. Find out who wins the comeback challenge when the season finale airs Wednesday, May 15 on CBS.
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