Exclusive: 'Survivor: Kaoh Rong' castoff Jennifer Lanzetti talks (Part 1)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/25/2016
Survivor: Kaoh Rong -- Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty castaway Jennifer Lanzetti was voted off her To Tang tribe during Wednesday night's broadcast on CBS.
Jennifer, a 38-year-old contractor from Salt Lake City, UT, became the second castaway voted out of Season 32 on Night 6 at the game's second Tribal Council session. The Brawn tribe had to vote one of their members out because they had lost the prior Immunity Challenge.
Although Alecia Holden was the initial target, the men on the Brawn tribe took out Jennifer instead because they thought she had tried to betray them.
In an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Thursday, Jennifer talked about her Survivor experience. Below is the first half. Check back with us soon for the concluding portion.
Reality TV World: Did you go into Tribal Council definitely planning to stick with the alliance of four or were you still considering working with Alecia at that point?
Jennifer Lanzetti: Oh hell no. No, I was sticking with my alliance of four. I really wanted an all-girl alliance. There's something to be said about being on Brawn and being all girls, so I kind of like to be inspirational if I can be, and it's like, "Wow, let's show America what us girls can really do."
Yup. It takes a certain kind of girl for that to be possible and I wasn't with two of them. So! I thought, "Okay, let's scrap that idea!" (Laughs) So I went back with the original alliance. Happens all the time. I just happened to get caught is all.
Reality TV World: How onboard with the plan of an all-female alliance was Cydney Gillon? And how much did Cydney's reaction play in your decision to call off that plan? We saw you approach her on the beach but she didn't seem committed either way.
Jennifer Lanzetti: Right. No, her reaction was 100%! She fooled me good. Her and Alecia. I really, truly believed both of them. It wasn't until an hour later I started to notice some body language was off and I could just tell something happened. And I looked at [Kyle Jason] and I looked at [Scot Pollard], and I was like, "You guys know."
So at that point -- and this was really right before we leave [for Tribal] -- I was like, "You know what? The only recourse I have is to be honest, and I'm pretty good at that."
I'm not a good liar obviously, but I can at least be honest. (Laughs) So I told them, "Here's what happened. Yeah, I thought about it, but like every other player on Survivor, welcome to the game. I'm just being honest about it and I'm asking to stay." And those emotional creatures said, "No."
Reality TV World: So it sounds like Cydney ratted on you. She told the guys about your all-female alliance plan?
Jennifer Lanzetti: She did. Yeah. I was still getting firewood and I'm thinking, "Wait, not only is this a big move so early in the game, the three of us are going to make it." Because what those two didn't realize is, we're all going home unless we do this plan. And that's what baffled me! It was like, "Wait, why don't you guys get that if we don't do this, we all go home?" I don't know. That was kind of shocking to me.
Reality TV World: Scot did end up voting differently from Cydney and Jason. He voted for Alecia to go. So what was that all about? Do you think that might hurt his alliance going forward?
Jennifer Lanzetti: So Scot said something. He said the only reason why he wrote Alecia's name down is because he promised to never write my name down.
I prefer to think that, you know, I convinced him it was best I stay and help the tribe and win some challenges. Take me out one by one in the merge, but at least keep our tribe strong until we get there. Because the look on his face when I get voted out is, "Oh sh-t, we are blank -- beep, beep, beep, beep." (Laughs)
Reality TV World: Tribal Council was pretty chaotic from a viewers' perspective. We saw you say you went "back and forth" a little bit at camp about what to do and therefore your decision was momentarily "up in the air." Are you surprised those off-the-cuff comments upset Jason and Scot as much as they did? Did you say anything else at Tribal to make them want to get rid of you?
Jennifer Lanzetti: No, like I said, they knew before we got there. Their plan was in place all along. What they don't show is my reaction to things they said that clued me in. I was like, "Damnit, I knew Cydney and Alecia had gone against me." I just [felt it]. I didn't have any proof -- just a gut feeling.
And so, again, that's when I came out and said, "Hey, yeah, so I considered it. We talked about it, but FYI guys -- and they don't show you this either -- Alecia said, 'Cydney, we all talked about it. It wasn't just me. They just got scared and came to you.'"
An hour-and-a-half! I mean, that's a long Tribal. An hour-and-a-half. And literally, I was probably fighting for my Survivor life for about an hour and 25 minutes. (Laughs)
Reality TV World: You stood up and promised Scot, Jason and Cydney you'd stick with them and vote with them. You really pleaded your case. Why ultimately do you think it wasn't enough? You worked so hard to sway them.
Jennifer Lanzetti: I did, I did! And I survived some seriously horrible injuries to stay on that tribe. So, I was like the tribe mom. [Jeff Probst] called me out on that at the very first Tribal. He said, "You're pretty much everyone's mom." I was always out there making sure everyone's okay, making sure everybody had food and water and firewood.
It was just my nurturing nature, and I think any time someone feels betrayed by a mom or a parent, it hurts! It really hurts. So, here I am, this person who represents someone who cares for them, potentially going against them. I think it was an emotional reaction, which I can fully understand. We're starving, we're tired, we're thirsty. They reacted emotionally.
Reality TV World: From what we saw in the episode, you suggested the idea of taking out strong threats to Alecia, and then she in turn brought up the possibility of forming an all-female alliance. So when you argued at Tribal that it was all Alecia's idea, were you being honest or just covering up for your mistake?
Jennifer Lanzetti: Oh, I was so being honest! That edit was totally backwards. As soon as I saw it, I went, "What the hell?! That is NOT the order." I was like, "Wow, CBS, way to throw me under the bus (laughs) with the way that story played out." Yeah. That was probably said 20 or 30 minutes after we all agreed that we were doing this all-girl alliance.
Reality TV World: We didn't see Cydney say much of anything at Tribal. Did she add anything significant?
Jennifer Lanzetti: No. A couple of times I called her out. I said, "Cydney, who did I tell you I was going to vote for?" And she confirmed it. She said, "You said Alecia." I said, "Exactly." I tried to get her to come out and admit that she was part of the female-alliance talk, but she was trying to save her ass. I don't blame her. Of course she wasn't going to admit to it.
[Cydney] nor Alecia admitted to it. But I did try to give her a chance to at least come out and say, "Alright, if I'm going out on the table, I'm bringing everybody out on the table." But it didn't go that way. I just let them live their own Survivor hell. (Laughs) I basically threw myself under the bus and told them to keep driving.
Check back with us soon for the concluding portion of Jennifer's exclusive Survivor interview with Reality TV World.