Exclusive Interview: Erik Reichenbach of 'Survivor: Micronesia'
Exclusive Interview: Erik Reichenbach of 'Survivor: Micronesia'
On last night's episode of Survivor, the remaining women in the game convinced Erik to hand his individual immunity to Natalie as a sign of good faith at tribal council.  They then proceeded to vote his stupid butt out of the game.  Some call when he did stupidity.  Others say he was too trusting, too naive.  Erik just really wanted to redeem himself and gain the trust of the women.  Instead, his attempt at an act of good faith ended up being his undoing.  Today, Erik spoke to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview about his dumb move, his dreams of getting on the show, and Sunday night's exciting live finale!

Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview.

Hey everybody, this is Gina from BuddyTV, and today I'm talking to Erik from Survivor: Micronesia. So I yelled at Jason a few weeks ago when he went out with the idol, and I just didn't know what you were doing last night! I didn't know whether to laugh or to be angry, I was like what is going on? How did you give up that necklace?

I have no idea.

When you were watching it back last night, did you just slap your forehead and say, "I am an idiot"?

Yeah. You have to laugh at it or else you're gonna cry about it.

What made you want to be on Survivor? Have you always wanted to do it? Like Jeff said, you've been watching since you were a teenager.

Yeah definitely. I was really, really little when it first came out, and I was reading the book Lord of the Flies, and I made the comparisons. That's like the first time when the light bulb went off in my head, like oh, there's psychology going on. I was way too young to apply, but I really wanted to. Then when I turned 21, I said, "Hey, I'm old enough to apply and the show is still on TV!" I sent in an application, but kind of on a hunch because I know how many people apply for it. They called me back and they said, "Wow, you are hilarious, but we're all filled up for the China season," which is the one I applied for. And then I tried again, got my video better, more fine tuned, sent in the application, and they called me back right away and said, "Come on out to L.A."

I think there's been some question this season as to whether you guys were actual super fans of the show. You really proved that in last night's challenge, that you know the history of this show and that you really wanted to be there.

Yeah, I was kind of bummed about that too, because I wanted them to show more detailed questions, but it's true that none of the others would have gotten them. I wanted them to ask about specific Survivors names and stuff like that, but nobody was keeping up.

We didn't really get to see Natalie's nasty side until a couple weeks ago. You've been with her from the beginning. What has she been like? What was she like to play with?

That's a huge difference. The fact that they're showing her, like two episodes or three episodes ago, that's just how she is. That's her sense of humor. It's kind of a dry sense of, like, making fun of people and whatnot. That's really how she is, and if they would have shown her from the beginning when she wasn't verbally taking people out of the game, it would have made more sense and it would have been less appalling. But now she looks downright evil.

When you were strategizing on the episode last night and she was standing behind you, did you know she was there?

I had no clue. I just saw that for the first time on the preview and I said, "Oh my God. That makes sense. That's why she wants to kill me."

You really didn't know until you saw it on television?

No, I had no clue.

Is it weird to watch it on television and find out things that happened while you were there that you never knew about?

It's just shocking. Your reality is different. You remember it a certain way, and now it's like no, this is the way it was. This is the way it went down without you knowing about it. It's pretty strange.

There have been a lot of surprising moments this season on Survivor. Which one really shocked you the most?

Last night was a pretty big shocker, like everything about that. The other big shocker was, I was initially shocked when Joel left, even though that one seems very small strategically. That one really woke me up, really said hey, you get your head in the game, idiot.

You really played a tough, competitive game, and a good physical game. Are you proud of the way you played this season?

Oh yeah, I don't have too many regrets. I knew going into it, from being a fan of the show, that one person's gonna win, one person's gonna be judged, and everyone's gonna get bamboozled one way or another.

The women in the game really treated you like you were kind of stupid and naive. Why do you think they had that impression of you?

Well, part of that is just my nature. I'm pretty naive, I haven't seen a lot of the world, and part of it was that I was acting that way. I did that on purpose. Early on, one of my strategies was that I need to look unthreatening so people won't target me, so people won't notice me. That kept me under the radar for a while.

Yeah, Ozzy described you as a big, goofy cartoon character.

When did he describe me like that?

When he talked to me after his elimination.

Oh, nice.

If you had stayed in the game, who would you have taken to final three with you?

Then I would have taken Natalie and Cirie, though why Cirie I don't know. At the time I didn't know what she was saying behind my back or whatever, but I would have at that time taken Cirie. Knowing what I know now, I would have taken Natalie and Parvati.

Can I expect you to be pretty angry at the final tribal council when you make your speech?

It's hard for me to be angry just based on who I am, but they did a pretty good job making me angry.

Are you looking forward to the live finale? That's going to be a totally new experience for you on Sunday.

Oh yeah, it's already been a new experience. I'm in New York, it's crazy. The finale's gonna be hilarious. It's gonna be really funny.

Well I can't wait to see it, and I just wanted to thank you for your time. I'll be at the finale, so I hope that I get to say hi.


Alright, thanks Erik.


- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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