ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Whatís up with the sprinting out of Tribal Council every time? I love that!
OZZY: I have no idea. Tribal Council is always taking too long in my opinion. So I kind of like to speed it up a little bit, like when you need to walk from your seat to go vote. Iím just trying to hurry things up a tiny little bit. I understand that thereís a solemness to the whole occasion, but I donít know, itís kind of my thing in a way.
We talked before the game about you going to Redemption Island on purpose, which you ended up doing, and we talked about you collecting all the jury votes there and then coming back to win, which you were so close to doing as well. Dude, our pregame strategy sessions rock!
Yeah, man. It was the one time my strategy really almost paid off. I tried to stick with that plan and was very, very close. But one thing I didnít count on was how incredibly weighty the pressure would be at the end. Itís one thing to be going to the duels, where of course if you lose youíre out. But to know youíre at the very end and this puzzle is a million dollar puzzle ó it was just so hard. My mind went blank, pretty much. It was really difficult.
Well, the mental exhaustion of having to perform in your eighth win-or-go-home contest must have been immense by that point.
Coming so close and having it slip right through is tough. Compare this to the two other times you played. In general, you seemed to be having a ball this time out.
Oh, yeah. This time I wanted to really just enjoy the experience and embrace everything about the experience as it went on. And I think I did it. I wanted to play the game to show people that you donít need to play the game from a place of fear. I think fear really ruins Survivor a lot of times. The game could be so interesting if people would just embrace the fact that theyíre out the in the elements and donít need to be afraid of things. Yeah, you might go home, but at least you played a cool, really awesome game, and thatís something to be proud of. I just think itís so annoying when people go out there and play from a standpoint of fear. They make really weak moves because of it. So you might as well go out there and give it everything you got. And if you fail, you fail knowing that you played as hard as you possibly could, and thatís exactly the way that I wanted to do it.
In the so-close department, which one is more painful, this one where you knew youíd win if you took that last challenge, or Cook Islands where you lost by one measly vote?
Cook Islands, because this is all my own doing, if that makes any sense. It was all up to me and I just have to take some solace that there is some grand master plan that is bigger than myself that I canít quite perceive at this moment. Maybe I just donít need that million dollars. Iíll just have to make my million dollars the old fashioned way. Walking away with $100,000 plus is not too bad either. I didnít get first place but I basically got second if you look at it monetarily. And in my opinion I really did win the game in terms of how people saw it play out at home.
You called Sophie a spoiled brat and then wrote her name down for a million dollars. Why?
Because you got to respect. I thought she played like a spoiled brat with me, but at the same time we both have very strong personalities and we werenít able to jibe out there. All of a sudden when the cameras turn off and the game is over you find that the people that you despised end up being the people that you like the most. Eliza is a perfect example. I could not stand her in Fans vs. Favorites, and once the game was over and we were hanging out, I was like, ďDamn. This girl is really, really cool.Ē
You and Sophie have clearly kissed and made up. What about you and Coach?
I think Coach is going to take this hard for a while. At final Tribal, I gave him a chance to win my vote. I lobbed him a softball and I just wanted him to come out and say, ďLook, I know I didnít play honorably. I may have tried to but I didnít. And the fact is, I still played a damn good game.Ē I just wanted to hear some more honesty. I would have voted for him, but the fact is, he didnít do that for me and own up to the way he played.
Any regrets besides losing that last puzzle challenge?
One thing I wish is that I had told Coach ó it probably still wouldnít have changed anything ó is that I wish I would have said, ďHey, man. Do you want to lose to me or do you want to lose to Sophie? Because youíre not going to win this game. So who do you want to lose to?Ē
Sophie, Coach, and Albert all called you arrogant. Are you arrogant, Ozzy?
I donít think so, There might be a little bit of that. But when it comes to playing the game, and being out there and surviving ó yeah, I know what the hell Iím doing. I really do. And I love it and I have a lot of fun. Maybe a little bit of that arrogance is just confidence and comes across the wrong way.