'Survivor: Edge of Extinction' castaway Gavin Whitson: I changed my wedding date to compete on 'Survivor'
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/10/2019
Survivor: Edge of Extinction castaway Gavin Whitson is such a big Survivor fan that he changed his wedding date to be able to compete on the show.
Gavin, a 23-year-old YMCA program director from Erwin, TN, revealed toEntertainment Weekly he had to change the date of his wedding and alter all of his wife's plans to be participate in Survivor: Edge of Extinction, which was filmed in Fiji last year.
In addition to working out the details of his wedding ceremony and reception, Gavin also said he and his wife were in the process of "moving into a new house."
Gavin, however, insisted his wife is thrilled about his opportunity to compete on the long-running CBS reality competition series.
"My wife didn't believe it because ever since we've been dating, I've told her I was going to be on Survivor. And it's become one of those things like saying you're going win the lottery, it's one of those chances," Gavin explained.
"And she knows my love for the game. That's what I told [Jeff Probst] and those guys in casting. On Valentine's Day, she would get me the buffs, and so I have the love for the game and she knows that."
Both families were also apparently aware of how much Gavin and his wife love the game.
"And that's the reason I'm out here is because they made sacrifices also. Instead of me having to worry about it all, her having to worry about it all, they all made sacrifices out of their lives to make the wedding happen," Gavin said.
"So if the wedding didn't happen, I wouldn't be out here."
Gavin made it to the merge in the Survivor game and became a member of the Vata tribe.
Gavin was working comfortably in the majority alliance comprised of former Kama members, but in the latest episode, Gavin decided to rise up with fellow young players Victoria Baamonde and Julia Carter to vote out ally Eric Hafemann, who they deemed a huge threat.
Gavin, Victoria and Julia began to worry they were on the bottom of their alliance and would eventually be replaced and picked off one by one by Eric and Ron Clark, the leaders of their alliance.