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