Carl Boudreaux talks 'Survivor': Christian Hubicki's betrayal hurt me, the Davids had saved him multiple times! (Exclusive)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/29/2018
Carl Boudreaux was eliminated from Survivor: David vs. Goliath in a special two-episode event Wednesday night on CBS.
Carl, a 41-year-old truck driver from Beaumont, TX, who currently resides in Houston, TX, was voted out of Kalokalo on Night 30 of the game at Tribal Council through a split 5-4 vote in which Alison Raybould, a 28-year-old physician from Leawood, KS, who currently resides in Chapel Hill, NC, received four votes.
Carl therefore became the twelfth person to leave the game and the fifth jury member.
"I'm confused. I never saw that one coming. We had a plan in place but I put my guard down and they switched the plan and I'm the one that's going home... I was kind of on cruise control... and they got the better of me," Carl said in his final words.
Christian Hubicki and Gabby Pascuzzi chose to team up with a few of the original Goliath members to take out Carl, whom they called "the godfather" and too controlling.
During an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Thursday, Carl talked about his Survivor experience. Below is a portion of what he had to say.
Reality TV World: I'd like to clarify something, why did you think Alison was the biggest threat remaining after Alec went home? What about her was intimidating, because we haven't seen too much of her from an individual-game standpoint.
Carl Boudreaux: Well, I mean, it was nothing intimidating about her. It was just the fact that we knew Gabby and Alison were getting very, very close.
So, for us, being the David Tribe -- well, I would say me, Nick and Davie -- we felt we had to get rid of Alison in order to be able to somewhat reel Gabby back in. Because Gabby and Alison were getting very, very close.
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Reality TV World: A little bit of a funny question for you -- Do you think you still would have made all the same decisions had you been sober in the time that followed that beer Reward Challenge? For example, Kara Kay was surprised you told her about the Alison vote. Do you think getting drunk is basically why you got voted out? (Laughs)
Carl Boudreaux: No, what's funny about that is we were all drunk! I mean, of course they focused on me being the one that was drunk, but all four of us were drunk, you know what I mean?!
I can honestly say I would've still approached it the same way because I thought me and Kara had made some sort of an alliance from way back, being at Vuku beach. Obviously I was wrong, but no, I wouldn't have done anything different.
I mean, I played it the way I thought it should've been played, and it backfired on me. So no, me having some beers, it had nothing to do with it at all.
Reality TV World: Looking back, do you wish you had done anything differently? Maybe you regret trying to be so in control of the game as the "godfather," or maybe you wish you looked harder for another idol?
Carl Boudreaux: I mean, actually the whole "godfather" thing, that was a surprise to me because I never called the shots. When we made moves, we discussed everything as collective groups. So for them to say I was "the godfather," I was totally surprised by that one.
Now, I will accept it, don't get me wrong! But no, I was totally surprised by the fact they thought I was calling all the shots. That was definitely so not the case, because we always discussed every single move that we made as a collective group.
As far as finding idols, I looked! I just had no luck finding them. It just wasn't for me to find any, I guess. If I play again, maybe I'll look a little harder, but yeah, I just sucked at finding idols.
Reality TV World: You were concerned Gabby was going to push back on your plan to take out Alison because the girls were so close, but Christian ended up blabbing to Gabby about how you had wanted to keep her in the dark, which resulted in them turning the tables on you. Did you feel really betrayed by Christian and Gabby?
Carl Boudreaux: I have to say, the way that went down, I felt more betrayed by Christian than I did by Gabby. Because as a group -- me, Davie and Nick -- we used all of our advantages to save Christian multiple times, to keep Christian in the game.
And for Christian to turn and flip on me, that kind of hurt. I never expected that because I thought we were all close and we were all fighting together to keep our numbers and go as far as we can go as a group -- and then let it play out from there.
So when Christian flipped, yeah, it hurt a little more than it did with Gabby because I was already under the impression that Gabby was about ready to flip; I just wasn't sure when. Because I was aware Alison and Gabby had become very, very close.
For Gabby, it didn't hurt as much. I mean, it hurt, don't get me wrong, but it hurt more to see Christian [flip] than Gabby. Because, like I said, we worked our butts off and used our advantages to save that guy multiple times.
Reality TV World: Could you elaborate on Alec's vote-off before you and tell me why you picked him as the target? I know he had been throwing your name out there and voted for you.
Carl Boudreaux: Well, Alec was the only one who voted for me. Alec knew he was going home. I basically said, "Alec, man, it's nothing personal; I just felt we didn't stand a chance as far as Rewards and Immunity, any of that, with you still in the game."
That dude was a beast. My hat goes off to him. He was on it! So for me, it was like, if I have any chance at winning immunity, I've got to get this guy out of the game. So that's how the whole Alec vote came about.
Be sure to check back with Reality TV World soon for more from our exclusive Survivor interview with Carl.