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Survivor Former Contestants
« on: July 20, 2008, 02:29:22 PM »
Catch up with Courtney!

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Courtney Yates finished second on Survivor: China and turned down a spot on Survivor: Micronesia ó Fans Vs. Favorites. So what has this past player been up to since? RealityTVMagazine.comís Ryan Haidet got the chance to speak with Courtney at the fifth annual Kentuckiana Police and Firefighter Summer Bash Benefit last month.


RealityTVMagazine:

What has been going on in your life since Survivor?

Courtney:

I basically left Survivor and went back to my life exactly the way I left it, which was what I wanted to do. I am waitressing at my same restaurant in New York City and just put my money in a 401K and went with it.

RTVMAG:

Do you still get recognized by fans?


Courtney:

Yeah, I do get recognized, but itís funny, a lot of people, I think, are scared to come up to me because I wasnít one of the nicer characters. Iím not Amanda. I love when people come up to me, it really makes me have a good day when people come up and talk. I mean, it was a great experience for me and itís nice to talk about it.


RTVMAG:

Word is you werenít a fan of the show before you were put on it?


Courtney:

I was not familiar with Survivor at all. I mean, I got sort of roped into it. It was explained to me and just from my perspective, I just knew I had the exact wrong formula for going far. Iím female and small and I have a great, big mouth and I tend to piss people off with every other sentence. So I was like, ĎClearly, Iím going to be gone in the first like, three to six days, Iíll get a great vacation and itíll be a really cool experience.í Just every day that I got further and further it really surprised me. And then toward the end, I was like, ĎItís on, letís go.

For me, I think the biggest thing I went on Survivor for was to purposely put myself into something Iím not good at. Iím used to being good at everything that I do and Iíve gotten to a point where I donít even do things that I know I wouldnít be good at so I thought, ĎHereís something Iím going to be terrible at. Iím going to be humiliated and humbled and get ridiculed and Iím setting myself up to fail and maybe I need that in my life.í And then, Ah haha, joke is on everyone, I was good at it! Second place, my final goal was to get to the final three. For me that was winning the show. I never wanted to win it, I didnít think I deserved to win it, I thought that I deserved to be in the finals and that I earned my place in the final three. I thought Todd and Amanda deserved to take it. I thought they were excellent players and I was really proud of them. They were my good friends, theyíre still my really good friends. But for me, that was my experience, so I feel like I won it.


RTVMAG:

So do you watch Survivor all the time now?


Courtney:

I donít, actually. I watched it (Micronesia season) for Amanda and James. I got a kick out of watching it once I was watching it. It was a big experience and I think I need a little more distance from it because Micronesia came on right after China, basically. And it was a little too close, so I was like, ĎOh, God, Jeff, stop talking!í


RTVMAG:

It does seem like you made life-long friends out of the Survivor experience.


Courtney:

Todd and I are great friends and I didnít expect to make any friends on that show and I feel like everyone in my cast, even the people I didnít get along with on the island, it is like a bond that you leave with and if youíre lucky, youíll value those relationships and keep them. Like, nobody in my life will ever replace Todd and Amanda and the other friends that I made on the show. We share an experience that nobody understands.






RTVMAG:

Is there a weird hobby or fact about you that fans would find interesting or funny?


Courtney:

I think Iím just a series of unusual facts. I have an English lit degree, which is completely useless, which is why I wait tables. I went to college in West Africa for a while, people never see that coming ó the whitest girl on the planet actually living in Africa. And I used to work for an airline for three years, for Virgin Atlantic. And I worked in the House of Seven Gables giving tours of the historic house in Salem, Massachusetts. Iím sort of like a series of things you wouldnít expect. And thatís sort of become my trademark of ĎJudge me if you want to.í But Iím not concerned of what people think of me. I know who I am and I know that Iím a worthwhile person who has a lot of interesting things Iíve managed to do in my life. And I donít have to wear it on my sleeve and tell you how special I am or what Iíve done. I know it.


RTVMAG:

Whatís next for Courtney?


Courtney:


Next for Courtney is, oh God, who knows? I think Iím moving to Memphis, Tennessee, believe it or not, but thatís a long story. We wonít get into.


http://www.realitytvmagazine.com/blog/2008/07/20/courtney-yates-her-life-since-survivor/
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