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Boston Rob Judges New 'Survivor' All-Stars
September 28, 2011
Last year, "Boston" Rob Mariano claimed long-overdue victory when he won Survivor: Redemption Island, his fourth stab at the crown. A development he believes will prevent Coach and Ozzie from making it far in the current season.
"I think Coach & Ozzie are going to have a tough time, mostly because I won last season," he tells TheInsider.com. "If any of this year's new players watched that, they'll know enough to get rid of them before they can become a threat."
But it's not all bad news for the latest returning twosome. "I think they're doing well integrating themselves and not making big, bold moves in the beginning. They're useful around camp, have a lot of experience and that comes in handy." But Rob warns: "You have to give it out one nugget at a time – if you teach them everything in the first six days, they won't need you any more and you'll be voted out."
So what's next for Rob? Not another reality show, as he reveals, "I feel like I fulfilled all my goals as a reality TV contestant. Ultimately, the progression I wanted was to become a host." Which was good news for The History Channel, since they were seeking a host for their newest show, Around The World in 80 Ways. "Originally, when the show was pitched to me, I recognized the opportunity to host rather than be a contestant on a TV show. It's great to work with people who make adventure television and also, The History Channel. This wasn't an opportunity I could turn down."
Same goes for Rob's former Heroes vs. Villains castaway Parvati Shallow, who is hosting a similarly titled show, Around The World For Free. Of the competition, Rob says, "I'm aware of her show and I'll be interested to see how she does." But when I asked whose journey would be tougher, Rob actually picked Parvati. "There's places in the world where because of their culture and values, women are not treated the same. She'll definitely have to be conscious of that while traveling."
For his newest gig, Rob didn't have to look too far for hosting tips. "Jeff Probst is so good at what he does. On this last season of Redemption Island, I was more in tuned into it than ever before. Just seeing how he navigates Tribal Council is amazing. I don’t know if I could ever be that good -- he's got a real talent."
Find out if Rob has a knack for hosting as well when Around The World in 80 Ways premieres October 2 at 10 p.m. on The History Channel.