'Survivor: Blood vs. Water's' Rupert Boneham: 'I would do anything for my wife'

rupert-boneham-laura-survivor-blood-vs-water.jpg Rupert Boneham was the first castaway to be sent home from Redemption Island on "Survivor: Blood vs. Water." He tells Zap2it he has no regrets because his wife gets to play the game he loves so much.

We were so sad to see you go home so early, you're a fun character on the show.

"I would have never in a million years guessed I would be the first one out. But I didn't think about them putting a scenario in place where I would have to decide between the game and my wife. There are few things that would make me put myself in jeopardy and the only thing I can think of is my wife. And that's why I did it."

Are you glad you went back on "Survivor," even though you went out so early?

"You know, I'm glad that I went back on 'Survivor' if for nothing else than if I couldn't play the game, at least my wife gets a chance to play the game. And we still got a chance of winning a million dollars!"

Were you surprised your wife was the first person voted out by the newbie tribe?


"When Jeff separated us ... that was a little bit of a letdown. And then he says we're going to vote someone out right now -- I have to say that I kind of was a little worried. Everybody on her tribe knew her name, where they didn't know everybody out there, but everybody knew who Laura was and they knew that would be a hit against me too. I knew it was a hit against me."

Was it ever a question in your mind NOT to take her place on Redemption Island?


"The only question in my mind was was I going to be able to hold the tears back long enough to get away from my wife and Jeff and everybody before I finally broke down. No, no question at all. Would I take my wife out of jeopardy and put myself in her place? You're darn right. I would do anything for my wife."

Besides your wife, is there anybody out there you were really rooting for to go far in the game?


"Now, I hope that Laura can make it to the end and some of my people that I know I would have done good playing with, like Gervase and Tyson and Aras, can actually work with her. I told her, you know, in that hug just before I left [for Redemption Island], I let her know, just be the worker bee. Be that free agent. Be that person who will vote for anybody. I watched Sandra win the game twice by playing that card."

Who did you see as the strongest competitor, in the short time you were there?


"Me, of course! [laughs] But no, I've played with Tyson, I know how tough Tyson is. I've never played against Aras, but I watched his game. He's a tough Survivor also. Tina Wesson I knew would be a tough one because I wrote he name down to put her out first in All-Stars years ago. You might say it's OK but those thing say with you."

Would you ever go back for a fifth time?


"I would do 'Survivor' again in a second if they would let me. I love that darn game! ... I would love to play again. Very few tests for your body mind and soul and that game will test you to your core."

"Survivor" airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
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