This week on Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites, fan Matt Bischoff of the Gota tribe became the latest Survivor castoff after a tribal shake-up.
A week after Brandon Hantz made his explosive exit from Survivor: Caramoan, Cincinnati BMX bike salesman Matt Bischoff found himself among the Favorites with former Gota tribe mates Michael and Julia after the tribes were mixed together. For Matt, Michael, and Julia, the Survivor numbers weren’t on their side since the Favorites had more members after the switch.
Although federal agent Phillip gave Matt and Michael the lowdown on the “Stealth R Us” alliance, the pair didn’t know which way to vote with their new tribe mates.
As a result, the alliance between the remaining Favorites was too strong crack and Matt was voted out of the game.
The next day The Deadbolt spent a few exit minutes with Matt to get his reaction to Brandon’s meltdown, how he felt about Phillip’s “Stealth R Us” strategy, and what he thought once the tribes were shaken up this week on Survivor: Caramoan.
THE DEADBOLT: It seemed like you genuinely empathized with the Favorites after Brandon exploded. How did you feel about that whole situation?
MATT BISHOFF: That was one of the craziest things I’ve ever witnessed being a huge fan of Survivor. Seeing the whole Brandon Hantz freak-out, it was unbelievable. It was definitely part of Survivor history whether you love it or hate it. It was crazy!
You know, I truly did feel for the other tribe. I told Phillip that. With spilling the rice and beans, I did feel bad for them. At then other end, I knew that I would be playing with people from that tribe. Establishing a relationship and being who I am to those people, it just felt good to be able to say what I thought.
I definitely think that when I went over and joined forces with them, they realized I’m a genuine guy and I though it would help me out in the game.
THE DEADBOLT: After you heard Phillip’s “Stealth R Us” story, why didn’t you and Michael make a play to vote him out?
MATT: I’ll tell you what, man, the whole “Stealth R Us” thing was pure hilarious comedy. But here’s the deal: the four of them – Corrine, Dawn, Cochrane and Phillip – were staying together no matter what until the merge. There was no breaking into them.
So, could I have tried to throw Phillip under the bus? Maybe. But I literally don’t think it would have done anything but immediately and definitely gotten me voted out. I just don’t think they were going to break their alliance. It just wasn’t happening.
We were at a disadvantage, four to three, and I knew that if we lost challenges that one of us was going home. Unfortunately, it had to be me.
THE DEADBOLT: When the tribes switched and you saw Reynold, Malcolm, Sherri and Eddie all on one side, what did you think?
MATT: I thought that they were going to demolish us in challenges. All of the muscle was over on that tribe and I just knew that it was Bad New Bears for Michael, Julia and I going over to the tribe that we were. It kind of sucked but it’s luck. In Survivor, there’s a lot of luck involved and I just had some bad luck.
How do you feel about Matt going home this week on Survivor: Caramoan?