'Survivor: Kaoh Rong' castaway Peter Baggenstos: "What did I say that was arrogant?"
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/24/2016
Survivor: Kaoh Rong castaway Peter Baggenstos doesn't think he was cocky during Survivor despite his tribemates' accusations, and because of that, he was surprised to see how much they disliked him on TV.
Baggenstos, a 34-year-old ER doctor from Minneapolis, MN, was voted out of his Gondol tribe during Wednesday night's Survivor broadcast, and from a viewer's perspective, arrogance had a lot to do with it.
During an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Thursday, Baggenstos, a former Brains tribe member, reacted to the fact his tribemates viewed him as an extremely arrogant individual with unjustified feelings of superiority.
When asked whether he had any idea his tribe trash-talked him behind his back, Baggenstos let out a big laugh and replied, "No, I didn't!"
"I had no idea that -- I'm thinking, like, 'What did I say that was arrogant?' Did I say, like, I was the best? I don't know. It's just that sense of energy they got from me. So, I didn't know they held me with such disdain, because even when I interact with them now, we're all cordial and friendly," Baggenstos said.
"So, maybe they still think that, but it's also that stress in that social environment that you pick on one component of someone's personality and you mushroom cloud it."
Baggenstos suggested the editing made him look a little worse than he really was out there.
"You know, I think it's such a thin film of arrogance, because if anyone challenged me, I would laugh and say, 'You're right! I have no idea what I'm talking about.' They didn't see that self-deprecating, two-sided component of my personality," he told Reality TV World.
"If you look at a histogram, they've got the 99 percentile of my outlandish statements but they forgot, you know, the 98% below that where I'm, like, a normal person."
After letting out another big laugh, Baggenstos explained whether he has any regrets when it comes to his behavior on the island or gameplay in general.
"I regret my certainty the first few days I was out there when I knew, or I felt like that sense of control," the ER doctor admitted. "It's so addictive. When you win a challenge, you've got this false sense of comfort, and you shouldn't feed on it. And I did. So that's what I do regret."
Check back with Reality TV World soon for more from Peter Baggenstos' exclusiveSurvivor interview.