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Survivor: Palau Episode 12 Cast-Off
Rene Syler: Gregg Carey, good morning. You got hit by a freight train named Tom and Ian last night.
Gregg: I sure did. I should have seen it coming but to be honest I didn't see it coming at all.
Rene Syler: You were very surprised. You were ousted by Caryn, Tom, Ian and Katie turned on you after you win the reward challenge. You take Jenn and Katie and she turns on you.
Gregg: I kind of set myself up for it. I left my two biggest competitions in Tom and Ian out there on the island to plot with Caryn who was desperate for a vote and as soon as I made that decision...I was just trying to be a good guy and let the girls enjoy something and one thing led to another.
Rene Syler: That was a million dollar cruise.
Gregg: It sure was. It was a good time. I don't know if it was worth a million dollars but I had a great time.
Rene Syler: Should you have taken Tom and Ian on the cruise?
Gregg: What I should have done...I wanted to give that reward to someone who hadn't experienced anything. I had already been to the Bai. If I had Ian go in my place, which would have been a tough thing to do, I may not be sitting here today.
Rene Syler: Katie really...I was surprised that she turned on you.
Gregg: I was surprised. I had a great time with her out there on the yacht. To see that unfold was disappointing but it did make sense. I didn't expect her to force a tie just for me. For her, the position that she was in, it may have been the best move at the time.
Rene Syler: You actually had a couple of alliances working. With Janu and Coby and Jenn and then you had this other alliance.
Gregg: I think you always need options and at that point in the game you're seeing who you can trust. I wanted to trust Coby but at the final 9 he goes over the Stephenie and just kind of reveals all of our plans. At that point I'm not going to make a risk for someone who I can't trust.
Rene Syler: Why didn't you vote off Tom when you had a chance? Because you were really adamant about getting Stephenie off, she was the remaining member of the Ulong Tribe. Why Stephenie? Tom seemed to be the challenge at that time.
Gregg: Tom was definitely the bigger challenge of the two but I was very adamant about Koror taking this all the way to the end. I'm a team player and I was trying to hold my word to Tom. I knew as soon as Tom is gone that just puts the target on Jenn and I, basically puts the target on me. I saw Tom as a buffer and I was going to make my move at the very last moment. Unfortunately it was one moment too late.
Rene Syler: Let's talk about Jenn. You had this sort of island romance. This whole island romance thing I don't get. The only time it's worked has been with Rob and Amber in Survivor: All Stars.
Gregg: I wasn't trying to do a repeat of that. Jenn and I kind of bonded early and we knew that would put a target on us. We had to step back.
Rene Syler: But you guys never stepped back. You guys are cuddling the whole time.
Gregg: We did some cuddling but Jenn was with the girls, I was with the guys. We're two sets of eyes, two sets of ears. Always knowing the lay of the land. As soon as I exposed the fact that "hey, Jenn come with me for this reward", we're together, our strategy falls apart, I'm vulnerable and I'm here today.
Rene Syler: Are you guys still together? Still dating?
Gregg: Everything on that island was real, the bond. It happened work out good for us in terms of an alliance. I live in Chicago, she lives in California. We'll have to see what happens.
Rene Syler: That's what they have airplanes for. Gregg, thanks alot.
Gregg: My pleasure.
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