'Survivor: One World' Exit Interview: Jonas Otsuji
Latest castaway to be sent packing says he's not surprised he was this week's target
By Sona Charaipotra Mar 29, 2012 5:40PM
Sushi chef turned "Survivor: One World" castaway Jonas Otsuji may have been the most likable player of the eleven left on the island this week, but that didn't stop him from becoming the latest target at tribal. "At first I couldn't understand why they'd think I was a threat," he told MSN TV. "But I get why someone wouldn't want me in the final three."
We caught up with the Utah native to talk about strategy, Tarzan's tactics, and whom he thinks might take the title.
MSN TV: So according to Jeff Probst, you were essentially the most liked guy on the island. But you were still sent packing. What happened?
Jonas: I wasn't really surprised -- actually, Troy told me what was happening. So I tried my best to get the girls to rethink it and vote Mike. At first I couldn't understand why they'd think I was a threat. I mean, I was cooking, I was feeding them, I was helping out. But now I get why someone wouldn't me in the final three. Being likable is a big mistake. I really thought I could pull a Fabio. I thought I was flying under the radar, but I was being too helpful and they saw that as a threat. So my plan completely backfired!
Looking back, would you have done things differently?
Oh yeah. I would have definitely stepped up my game and put myself out there more. And I definitely wouldn't have been Colton's bitch like that if I knew how that would play out. But I do think, if Colton was still around, I'd have gone further in the game. If I knew I was going to be perceived as a threat anyway, I would have made bigger, bolder moves. I tried to keep the peace with Tarzan to lay low, and I definitely wouldn't have done that.
Speaking of Tarzan, he seemed almost incoherent in the last few episodes. What's up with that?
Well, right from the beginning, he was just a crotchety old man, a very abrasive personality, and as things went on, he just completely lost his filter. And when he started telling Mike about what we were going to do without discussing it with the rest of us, I just knew that tenuous alliance we had was just going to fall apart, so I decided to call him on it. I'd had enough at that point.
Why would they keep Tarzan around and not you?
Well, he's an asset to have around, even though he's annoying, because in the final three because nobody would vote for him.
So at this point, is there someone you're rooting for?
I'd like to see one of the men take it -- but really, Troyzan would be my pick. He's got real heart, he's so passionate about the game and he's just a genuinely good guy. He tried out for the show like 13 times, so you know he really wants it. And he stuck it out through that last challenge, through sheer force of will, even though if you watched you saw that he had already found the immunity idol. I think he's really playing the game, and he's doing it with heart and class.
"Survivor: One World" airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
Mar 31, 2012 11:06AM
Yup--- should be Troyzan. I was confused for a moment as well...... And Troyzan is one of my favorites right now......
Mar 30, 2012 3:08AM
On the last question, thinking he said Troyzan and the writer wrote Tarzan. Unless I'm losing it, Troyzan tried out many times and has the immunity idol. Names are similar so easy to make that error.
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