Survivor: Blood vs. Water eliminated "loved one" and newbie castaway Brad Culpepper from the game after he lost the season's fifth Redemption Island duel during Wednesday night's sixth episode of the CBS reality series' 27th edition.
Brad -- a 44-year-old attorney and retired NFL player from Tampa, FL, who is the husband of returning player Monica Culpepper -- lost the duel to returning player Laura Morett, a 43-year-old construction company co-owner from Salem, OR, and "loved one" John Cody, a 30-year-old physician and army orthopedic surgery resident from Washington, D.C., who's the husband of veteran player Candice Cody.

Brad had originally been voted out of the game by his Tadhana tribe after Caleb Bankston announced at Tribal Council he was writing his name down. Caleb, although in an alliance with Brad, lost trust in him and feared Brad was targeting him because his loved one, Colton Cumbie, had already gone home. As for Monica, she's still playing the game and competing for Survivor: Blood vs. Water's million dollar prize.

In an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Thursday, Brad talked about his Survivor: Blood vs. Water experience. Below is the concluding portion of his interview. Click here to read the first half. 

Reality TV World: The general consensus seems to be that you came on way too strong at the beginning of the season and basically played the game "too hard, too fast." Do you agree with that, and if so, do you think you played that way because it's simply who you are and you didn't really have a choice?

Brad Culpepper: It's a combination of all of the above. Monica went out on Survivor 24 -- and I don't know if you saw that or not -- but there was an alliance built five seconds into the game and she was not a part of it. Okay, so going out into it, I didn't want that to happen. But you also have to remember this, that was three days. The first episode was actually four days.

And they chose to show almost a manic Brad running around from guy to guy to guy. That happened over a four-day period, not in 15 seconds, which is the way it appeared on TV. Now I get it, perception becomes reality, and people are going to automatically assume that I was sprinting from one guy to the next guy. But that really wasn't the case.

So, yeah, I'm a talker. I'm a trial attorney, and I didn't hide from anything of who I am. Everybody already knew I played pro football and they wanted to hear about it. And quite frankly, the guys all played the game early and strong. The girls weren't interested in talking strategy. Had they been wanting to talk, I would've talked to them too, but they were kind of just playing -- just riding along.

All the guys wanted to talk about sports and football, and they had genuine interest. [Vytas Baskauskas] and [Hayden Moss] and John and Caleb, they all liked talking sports and talking guy stuff, and we kind of just melted together pretty quickly. It wasn't as manic as the edit made it seem, like I'm just sprinting from one guy to the next guy. That wasn't the way it was.

Reality TV World: Candice and some of the other women basically seemed to accuse you of being a male chauvinist and pointed to your interactions with your tribe's women as well as your own wife at the duels as evidence of that. How do you respond to that?

Brad Culpepper: I wouldn't be married to Monica for 22 years if I was chauvinistic or misogynistic or sexist. She was trying to rip up the clue, and she was having trouble doing that, and so that's when I said to her, "Burn the clue!" It was very thick and it was circled up, or rolled up. So I was like, "Burn the clue, burn the clue."

If you're married, you haven't been married for this long without it being a two-way street. We discuss things. It wasn't a bad suggestion to burn the clue. I never shushed anybody. And when I went to Redemption Island, I opened up the floor for everybody to talk free about me, and they all were glowing.

And that's when, on the air, it showed me say, "That's what she said, she said, he said, he said, he said," and "that's what your husband said."

That's who you should be listening to, not the bitter Bettys who came out early.
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I don't know why she said that. Why would I tell somebody not to make fire? We had no fire for three days. I mean, that's illogical. Everybody -- she in fact tried to make fire and failed. Why would I say to her, "Don't fish." I mean, I didn't say anything to her about not to fish. We had no fire. I guess if she wanted to eat sushi -- nobody fished the first three days.

Reality TV World: I'm assuming you're referring to Marissa Peterson there, and I actually want to ask you about her. When I talked to Marissa, she said she felt you came across as "very privileged" and seemed to have a sense of entitlement. I just wanted to give you a chance to respond to that.

Brad Culpepper: What does that mean? I mean, I'm 44-years-old. I've lived a lot longer than a 21-year-old. I don't know, privileged...

Reality TV World: Marissa also said you didn't seem very used to interacting with people that just didn't agree with whatever you said.

Brad Culpepper: Well, obviously she didn't agree with what I had to say or what have you. That wasn't the opinion of others. That's her opinion, and in regards to Marissa, wolves can't worry about what sheep think. She's got her opinion.

I'm not going to change her opinion, so you know, what's the purpose? If somebody says you're a jerk, what do you say? I'm not? She's got her opinion. She thinks the way she thinks. I disagree with it. I think opposite, but it really doesn't affect me one way or another what she thinks.

Reality TV World: Were you surprised Vytas was able to survive getting swapped to the other tribe and not be voted off at their first Tribal Council or had you come to expect that from him? Were you impressed with his social skills from your time in the game?

Brad Culpepper: Loved Vytas. Vytas and I were very close. And I was not surprised, however, I did know this: Monica is extremely loyal. And I don't know whether she knows or not whether Vytas changed his vote on me. I think if she finds that out, I think she could be a silent assassin and that could be his downfall, I don't know.

But Vytas is a great guy. I love him and I love his story and we got real close on the island. So it didn't surprise me that he was able to manipulate -- to get in good with the girls at this point.

Above is the concluding portion of Brad's exclusive interview with Reality TV World. Click here to read the first half. 

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Elizabeth Kwiatkowski is Associate Editor of Reality TV World and has been covering the reality TV genre for more than a decade.