Zane Knight received the dubious honor of being the first castaway sent home from “Survivor: Philippines.” He tells Zap2it that his strategy of coming in and playing so hard was the only way he thought he should play.
You really came out guns blazing in the game — why was that your strategy?
“Both barrels. If you ain’t first, you’re last. This game is just like life. If you don’t give it everything you got today, you might have another day to give it up. Whether it made me exit prematurely or whether it would’ve made me an awesome player, I had to go off what I knew.
I don’t take anything away from this game other than a blessing because that’s what it is. At the end of the day, if you can’t be proud of your performance and what you saw on TV, then you didn’t play right.”
Did you think Russell had a legitimate chance to be sent home? Was he really rubbing people the wrong way that much?
“Oh, yes ma’am. Once you put those four letters behind your name — boss. He was every sense of the word a boss. You can’t be that in this game, especially with a bunch of newbies that don’t know you and they know you only from being Russell Swan of ‘Survivor.’ It’s hard not to feel challenged by you, or it’s hard not to feel that you’re a liability to me. From the beginning, you could see him telling us where to put the fire, what’s gonna be the way, and then when we get to he first challenge, he’s like ‘Hush. You’re gonna do this, you’re gonna do this.’ I thought he could go home.”
Do you think your tribe can work together?
“I said it coming in, this is my season. After I’m gone, it’s pretty much the end of it anyway, so I’m curious to see how the rest of this is gonna play out now that I’m not there. I was the catalyst for everything, ya know what I mean? I bridged the gap between the girls and the guys. To take me out of the equation, y’all people gotta re-find yourselves now. I had already set the groundwork for us to be a group, so it’s going to be really awesome to see how much of a mark I did make on it.”
Even though you were only out there a few days, was it as hard as everyone says it is?
“Oh God, the elements are amazing. When you take yourself out of being able to walk in the house out of the rain, being able to change clothes, being able to take off your wet shoes, yeah, it’s as hard as it looks.
Coming off of the boat, we had a few supplies, so that gets you started. In the tropical environment you’re in, you got trees with coconuts, so it’s every essence of the word ‘surviving.’ If you can find it, you can eat it.”
“Survivor” airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.