Steph Oh So Close
by Tara Merrin
Calgary Sun Interview- 12.15.05
The former Survivor Palau cast-off, who was given a second chance at $1 million US on Survivor Guatemala, got all the way to the final two this season, making her the longest playing Survivor in the game’s history.
On Sunday, she was awarded $100,000 US after coming in second behind winner Danni Boatwright.
While LaGrossa says she’s not surprised she lost, she is shocked only one of her former teammates (Rafe Judkins) voted for her.
“There were only two people on the jury who really backstabbed by me, so I figured I (ticked) two people off, but, at the same time, there’s five other people,” says LaGrossa, who believes her enemies on the jury turned the rest against her.
“When I was on the jury in Palau, I didn’t have a conversation with anyone nor did I know who anyone else was voting for. This time I think they all talked about it … and one bad seed can spoil the bunch.”
Whatever went down behind the scenes, LaGrossa says CBS has confirmed this season’s jury was one of the most hostile.
“People I’ve talked to who work on the show said they haven’t seen such a bitter jury since All Stars and I believe it. They were really mad.”
Although LaGrossa admits she did turn on a few of her former friends in order to get further in the game, she’s still the nice person Survivor fans grew to love on Survivor Palau, she says.
“I’m still that girl.
“They just have to edit it, I think, for the place you come in.”
And, despite how it looked on TV, she says there are no hard feeling between her and her former ally Judd Sergeant.
“We’re fine. He knows it’s a game. And I did apologize to him because I did feel bad for voting him off.”