Exclusive Interview: Kathleen Sleckman and Tracy Hughes Wolf of 'Survivor: Micronesia'
Exclusive Interview: Kathleen Sleckman and Tracy Hughes Wolf of 'Survivor: Micronesia'
Last night on Survivor, the often brutal conditions became too much for fan Kathleen Sleckman.  Her tribemates tried to convince her to tough it out but she had had enough.  Jeff Probst came to camp to get her and she boarded a boat, headed for home.  The Malakal tribe, having lost another immunity challenge, was headed to tribal council and Tracy Hughes-Wolf was looking to take out Ozzy Lusth.  Unfortunately for her, she didn't have the votes and the tribe turned on her instead, eliminating her from the game.  Today, the two talked to BuddyTV together in an exclusive interview.

Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview.
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Hey everybody, this is Gina from BuddyTV and today, I'm talking to Kathy and Tracy from Survivor: Micronesia. Let's start with Kathy. I heard that you had tried out for Survivor many times before. Did you try out every season?


Kathy: We watched it from the beginning, but around Vanuatu is when I actually said I'm gonna make a tape, cause I kept thinking about it. I sent in five actually, and they were all comedies. All comedic gold. I made the final 50 for Vanuatu and I got really close to getting on, and then I didn't make it. I called a few other times because hey, these things cost money to make. Then they called me.


It looked pretty brutal out there, especially on last night's episode. What was the hardest part of being out there in Palau for you?


Kathy: Well, there was two hard parts. Two hard parts was being completely judged by people who were never even able to speak to each other, and just completely judged. You're older, go away. And Mother Nature gave it to me.


Tracy, originally with the Airai tribe, what made you decide to align yourself with Kathy and Chet as opposed to the other members?


Kathy: Because we were cuter.

Tracy: The funny part of it is that everybody says what made you choose, but we didn't have a choice. We were thrown together like three rocks in a bag, and there was no decision or discussion of, "Will you be my alliance?" It was just that we were thrown together, and we were older, but they had a plan. It was almost as if these guys went to a sorority together or something, or a fraternity. We were ousted from day one that we got there. Mikey B had a plan, and he said they gotta go and this is the pecking order, and that's it.


It seemed like last night it was going to come down to either Ozzy or Erik. How did it end up being you that went home?

Tracy: Can you please get that answer and let me know? I really don't have the answer to that, I have no idea. I think it was such a smart move to take out Ozzy, and I really concentrated on playing the game like a Survivor fan and somebody that thought about it. I made my bed and I chose Cirie instead of Eliza early on, because I was afraid to pick Eliza. I had no idea that Ami was going to be as sweet as she was and as willing to get away from Cirie, but I should have remembered that Cirie burned her and she had a vengeance with her. But I was choosing then in the moment to pick strictly because I didn't want Eliza with her, because I knew they were buddies and I didn't want them to oust me. It was kind of like you didn't know what to do, but when you get to the point in the game when you have that schoolyard pick, it's very important who you pick on that tribe. I knew it, and I kick myself today for it.


We all saw that Erik has been man-crushing on Ozzy, but I'm wondering if you guys had a favorite returning player that was on this season.

Tracy: Yau-Man and Ami, I love Ami. Ami's a sweetheart.


Do you wish that you had a little more time to at least get to know Yau-Man and play the game with him?

Tracy: Absolutely. Yau-Man is just a wonderful person. I wish I had more time with him, and I didn't. I look forward to when we're able to talk again and we're able to be together, because they keep us isolated.

Kathy: I got to talk to him on the way over for that first challenge. That's why he pointed out the immunity idol to me, because we of course were old, we were in the sack while all the young whips were on the island. We weren't even halfway to that island before they got there, so I waded over to Yau-Man, and I was like, "Yau-Man, if I never see you again, can I just shake your hand so I can say I shook Yau-Man's hand?" We just kind of chit-chatted and I'm like, "Hey, what's going on?" I had no clue. It was raining so hard I didn't catch most of what Jeff said when he said “Go”.


Speaking of Exile Island, Kathy, on a scale of one to ten, how bad is it over there?


Kathy: Ten, for me anyway. What they didn't show, Cirie and I, that actually took six and a half hours for us to look for that idol. We got the last clue, and we kept thinking it was in a nook or a cranny in one of the rocks. When Ami and I went to Exile, I made a promise to Cirie that I would not help anybody else look for the idol, and that if we had won a reward challenge I would try to get her sent back there. While Ami was not looking, I kept looking for the idol, and while Ozzy was there, of course I told him, "No, no, go ahead. I don't want it." Because I looked for it the whole time while he was off looking for the clue. I kept looking in the nooks and crannies, and I knew that he had found it. I told my tribe before I left, I said, "I'm 99.9 percent sure Ozzy's got the idol."

Tracy: I knew Ozzy had the idol when he wanted to send me to Exile.


How bad is the idol that he constructed that Jason found?


Kathy: It couldn't have happened to a better person.


I mean, if you guys found that, would you be at least a little suspicious? Jason seemed to take it right at face value.


Kathy: That's ‘cause he's a moron.


Do you guys have any regrets about the game, or are you happy with the experience? What do you leave feeling about Survivor?


Tracy: I regret that Chet stepped on coral. I think the game would have been a lot different had he not had coral shoved up in his heel. I regret that Kathy didn't have her meds. I'm just kidding! It's a joke, it's a joke. I just regret that I picked Cirie in the schoolyard pick as opposed to Eliza, because I really think it would have changed my game up.


What about you, Kathy?

Kathy: Darn it, I knew you were going to get to me. What do I regret? I can't think of any regrets that I have. It's just a very humbling experience to know that you have a breaking point, then to run smack dab face first into it. It's taught me priorities in life is my family, and I wish I could have hung in there longer, but I had given everything I had. I had nothing left.


Well I just wanted to thank you both for your time. I really appreciate you both talking to us today.


Kathy: Thank you.

Tracy: Thank you so much. Thanks for having us.


- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer

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