'Survivor: Redemption Island's' David Murphy: Racial comments were 'just absurd'
Are you glad you went on "Survivor"? Was it everything you expected/hoped it would be?
"Yeah, I'm definitely glad I went on it. It was a great experience. I had a lot of fun, it was like being a kid again. It was everything I thought it could be and then some and if presented with the opportunity, I would definitely do it again."
Why did you decide to try to make a go of it with Stephanie? It seemed to me that if Zapatera had kept a strong alliance, you would've had a better chance at the merge.
"We didn't know when the merge would be coming or how Redemption Island would play into that and my move was - there were 2 reasons for it. 1.) I thought Sarita was worthless in the challenges, which she herself has admitted and 2.) With Sarita there, I was still low man on the totem poll in the six, so if I was able to replace Sarita with Stephanie, then there'd be somebody who was lower than me. If we didn't have a merge, I'd be a little more secure in my position. On top of that, I was tired of having Sarita's wanting to be the mom for the tribe attitude. It was quite annoying. There were a variety of different reasons for it. Something needed to be shaken up because what we were doing wasn't working."
If you could go back and do something differently, would you?
"Not really. Based on the circumstances and the hand that I was dealt, I did everything the way that I would do it. If I were to go back and have the opportunity to change something, the only thing I would change would be if I could persuade somebody to go with me, I would've gone with Russell's alliance and not the Zapatera six. I thought trying to persuade somebody to go would actually backfire and would've put me in a worse position in terms of longevity."
Watching it back on TV, is there anything that has surprised you?
"Nothing has really been a surprise to me within what happened at Zapatera. There was no big mystery. People distrusted me to some degree. In terms of what was happening at Ometepe, it aired pretty quickly after the merge. They were not hiding a lot from us."
Was Boston Rob really as in complete control of the game as it looks like on TV?
"Yes. During the time after the merge while I was there, it was pretty apparent that he was pulling all the strings. Everything that was done from strategic game play down to the decisions in daily life for them, all those decisions were made by him."
So tell us about Phillip.
I don't know what to tell you about Phillip. He is definitely a unique individual. I can't even tell you that I've figured him out yet because I haven't. I kind of gave up trying to do that because it was never clear to me whether it was an act or whether this was who he was. There was discussion about that with everyone and at least in my time until the day I left, no one was sure.
What about the racial stuff on last night's episode? You didn't see any of that until Tribal Council.
"I thought it was absolutely ridiculous. The statements made to Phillip about the perception of who he was were based entirely on his actions and for him to think that it was anything other than that is just absurd."
Once you were kicked off, who were you hoping would make it to the end?
"There was no one person that I was specifically rooting for. I was kind of pulling for somebody from Redemption Island to come back and make noise just to see that happen, I think would be a nice way to have it all play out."
"Survivor: Redemption Island" airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.