EW: What was up with Vytas carrying through with his threat to not give you his vote if you knocked him out of the tribe? I have no problem with him threatening to do that if he thinks it might keep him in the game, but to go ahead and do it is pretty weak, and ended up costing you your unanimous victory.
TYSON: Well, he’s a man of honor, and a man of his word, and he would never do anything in the game that would be manipulative and lying so he was kind of put in a tough spot because he had said that. You know how honest Vytas is!
EW: Yeah, I don’t know about that.
TYSON: [Laughing] No, when I opened my mouth to talk back to him I was going to say, “You’re going to look like a bitter juror on TV, bro!” But he shushed me, so I was like, “Okay, whatever.” It was a little bit of poor form. But perfect game or not, I got paid the same, dude.
EW: How much crotch was still on that idol when you handed it to both Monica and Gervase?
TYSON: [Laughing and coughing]
EW: Still pretty crotch heavy?
TYSON: Well, no, because I buried it in the sand so I kind of exfoliated it, I think. I imagine that I exfoliated about 50 percent of the crotch that was originally on it.
EW: You’ve won Survivor. The third time was the charm. Would you do it again, or is this chapter of your life now complete?
TYSON: Look at a pro athlete who goes out on top, or a pro athlete that even past his prime continues to play for the love, and I would have a hard time turning it down. I love just being out on the island and goofing around. Maybe with the pressure to win gone a fourth time might just be a good run for a Coconut Bandit before he gets voted out. I would have a hard time turning it down. It depends where I am in my life, but I can see a few scenarios where I would say no.
EW: Take us through the Survivor party scene last night. Who was getting sloppy?
TYSON: I didn’t even go out, dude!
EW: What? It’s your moment!
TYSON: Dude, I have to be here. It’s 5 in the morning here in California!
EW: Yeah, man, but you had your tuxedo t-shirt rocking, you had your Brazilian hair straightening going on! C’mon!
TYSON: The hair was not my idea, Dalton! I’m a messy hair type of guy. The lady who did my hair — she straightened it and put it in a pervert ponytail. Like a long one, not folded over or anything, and I was like, this will go with the tuxedo shirt. I can roll with it, it’s funny. But I look pretty perverted. So I showed Rachel and she was like, “Nah, you’re creeping me out.” So by then it was already straightened. I don’t think it was a terrible look, but maybe not my best.
EW: Did the emotion of it creep up on you when Probst read the votes? You knew it was you, and you knew for a few months and were probably like, I’m going to play this cool. So did it catch you by surprise when you got so emotional and started crying?
TYSON: Yeah. It’s hard because the two times I went out I stumbled pretty hard. Fell flat on my face, you know, And that’s pretty much my M.O. It’s like, we’ll watch Tyson play, and play pretty hard, and then he’ll just eat it. And though I know it’s not the end all, be all to win this game — the third time to be successful like that, it was a long time coming for me. There are days — that are hopefully in the past now — but there have been days where you’re just like: what if? If I had just been a little more aware in Tocantins or if I had just not changed my vote in Heroes vs. Villains would it have been different? Not only from a money standpoint, but from a public perception standpoint. And the Heroes vs. Villains move, do you know how many times a day people have asked me “What were you thinking?” It’s been nonstop. So to kind of push past that and finally see success after five years was a big deal for me.
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