'Survivor' Colton: My Hate Knew No Bounds
Although he lacked the big blindside or crazy twist that has done in other baddies, Colton Cumble is absolutely a Survivor Villain of the highest order. Ironically, his teammates were genuinely saddened (or amazing actors) when the 20-year-old Southern, gay, republican was medically disqualified from the game last night after coming down with a bad case of appendicitis.
I caught up with the extremely controversial contestant this morning and we talked all about his "frustrating" ousting, how he views his gameplay and where that Immunity Idol is now!
Insider: Hey Colton, thanks for giving us such an entertaining season!
Colton Cumbie: Oh, finally – a fan!
Insider: Have you been surprised by the haters?
Colton: Oh, not at all. Not at all. Once the show started airing, I knew. Coming out of it, my hope is that people would appreciate my game play. Let's be honest, a little 20-year-old gay boy convincing a group of men to do what he wanted, without ever lifting a finger? They've never had anyone like me. It would be one thing if I helped out at camp, but I did nothing. I literally was their queen.
Insider: It seems like the gay community is the most incensed about your behavior -- what do your gay friends think?
Colton: Oh god, here we go – I'm about to get slayed for this. But to be honest, I don't know many gay people. I really don't. I have a boyfriend but he's the straightest gay person you'll ever meet – he hunts and fishes. But he's proud of me. He thinks I did well. I just think the gays hate me because I'm a republican. Once that came out, they looked for any reason to hate me. To truly appreciate what I bring to the game, you have to like my sense of humor – I compare it to Chelsea Handler. I think people are just too sensitive.
Insider: Do you think the show presented a fair representation of who you are?
Colton: I'm not going to blame the edit. I was in control of my own actions. I did what you saw. I wish they focused more on my strategic gameplay than my comments, but then again, I'm glad I saw that because it helped me to grow as a person. Things were taken out of context, but that was me. I didn't zero in on one person. I didn't just zero in on Bill. My hate knew no bounds [laughs].
Insider: Let's talk about that Tribal Council where Bill went home -- you took a lot of flack for your comments regarding race. Take me back to that night, what happened?
Colton: I think things were misinterpreted but I also think things were left out. Obviously I know more African American people than my housekeeper, but that's what they chose to showcase. I don't know how to say it without seeming ignorant, but I was being honest in a way. We are super close to my housekeeper. She is like family. I was trying to defend myself but it came across badly.
Insider: Do you see yourself as a "Survivor Villain?"
Colton: If we're speaking strictly on gameplay, I'm totally a villain. I made it clear that you're with me or you're against me. If you don't think I was running the show, then you weren't watching [laughs]. I take pride in my villain title because it's not something that's easily earned. There are a lot of wannabes.
Insider: Many would argue you saved the most selfish move for last. Why did you keep The Immunity Idol?
Colton: I wouldn't have been a villain if I didn't do that. The irony is that I wanted to give the Idol away. I wanted to give it to Jay, but we were separated so I couldn't get it to him. I considered giving it to Christina for a millisecond, but she wouldn't have known to do with it. I didn't want to screw up Jay's game by giving the Immunity Idol to someone on Manono.
Insider: And where is it now? On your shelf?
Colton: I actually don't have it because I went into the hospital. And you can't be flashing around Survivor related material in a hospital. I'm supposed to get it back at the reunion. And I'm going to use it to void every vote for the winner [laughs].
Insider: As a fan of the game, how does it feel to have been medically removed and not voted out, or won?
Colton: It feels absolutely horrible. I don't have closure. Had they blindsided me or voted me out, I would have been able to sit back and be OK with it. But they didn't get me. I got myself, basically. My body turned against me. I was my own worst enemy. It's frustrating. I lie in bed at night and wonder what got me sick. Bad crab? Evil coconut?
Insider: Do you know what it was?
Colton: They think it was a food born or water born [virus] – you know, I honestly wonder if I got taken out Caesar-style. Obviously you know I did nothing, so it would have been so easy for someone to poison my food [laughs].
Survivor airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on CBS.