Even though he continually surprised his cast mates with his performance all season long on “The Challenge: Free Agents,” winning challenges for his team despite being picked last all the time, Preston was still voted in to the elimination last week. The reason for his vote? His “free ride” was over.
When Zap2it talked with Preston about his elimination against Cohutta (in which he lost), he was still upset and confused over why his cast mates thought he had a “free ride” when he was proving himself a worthy competitor over and over again. Check out our full Q&A below:
Zap2it: How did it feel getting voted in to the elimination?
Preston: You know, I have to say, when I got voted in to the elimination, it wasn’t a surprise. I knew that as soon as our team lost, I knew that I would be going in. But it was still a huge betrayal, especially by a couple of the cast members because we had an agreement, we had an alliance, and I fully upheld my end of it. But for some reason, I don’t know, they said that I had a “free ride” and didn’t deserve to be there? So therefore, they voted me in.
Yeah, hearing people say that was a little ridiculous, in my opinion. You had proven yourself in challenges all season long.
Right?! That’s exactly true. I don’t understand what their definition of a free ride is or how they consolidate their thoughts with reality of what it is, but I don’t know. People do some very strange things.
And I think that speaks to how you were constantly getting picked last for challenges, even though I thought you were constantly killing it week after week. Do you think you ultimately proved yourself to your cast mates this season?
I think I absolutely proved myself. Something that I think we should keep in mind when we talk about how I was constantly picked last for challenges is apparently everyone thought that I was a week competitor and I don’t feel like that’s the case. I don’t know if it’s because I’m gay or pretty happy and lighthearted, maybe that’s why they decided that I was the weakest man? I think that’s something that you should take a deeper look into.
What went through your mind when Cohutta drew the kill card?
I was so upset that it was Cohutta! I really respect him and I think that he’s a stand-up guy. For me to go against him, it was so bittersweet. Because one of us had to go home. And you know, I just wish that I never tripped over that helmet! That helmet was the end of me. If I hadn’t tripped, who’s to say that I wouldn’t have won that round? Maybe we would have gone to Round 3, and you never know, maybe I wouldn’t have gone home. But it didn’t go that way.
Do you think that if your elimination had been a different challenge, it would have turned out differently?
Oh man, that’s a big if. Maybe if it was the wall challenge, that would have been good for me. I’m 6′ 2.5″ so I have that advantage of height on most of the guys, but I’m not going to lie: Most of the guys are physically stronger than me. Mentally? Definitely not. But physically? Yes.
Was there anything that happened in the house that you wish had made it to air but MTV cut?
I think everything I did actually made it to air. Actually, no, I once served a candy dish to Johnny Bananas naked. That didn’t make it air.
Whoa, that definitely did not make it to air!
I may or may not have a crush on Johnny Bananas. Here’s the thing: If he ever shut his mouth long enough, he’d be an amazing guy! He would be wonderful. But he runs his mouth 24/7 and that makes him unattractive.
Are we going to see you back in the future on “The Challenge?”
Oh absolutely! By doing “The Challenge,” I learned that I’m stronger than I ever thought I could be and it gives me so many life experiences that I never would have otherwise. So I’m totally down for it if they call me.
“The Challenge: Free Agents” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.