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John Cochran explains how he won 'Survivor: Caramoan', weighs in on Toothgate, and announces his brand new job...for EW!

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Have you slept yet?
JOHN COCHRAN: I didn’t do too much of the partying. I feel bad. I feel like I blew it. I’m always regretting things. I feel like I should have been out being some lothario and taking advantage of my fleeting notoriety, but I basically just holed up in hotel room and went out for a tiny bit. But I did not sleep. I’m pretty exhausted right now.

EW: Now, wait and minute. If you didn’t go out and party last night does that mean Eddie gets to go back and retroactively change his vote since you didn’t sit with him at the bar?
COCHRAN: No, I did meet up with Eddie. We were going to do photo op where I had a girl in each arm but that never happened unfortunately. God, that question of his. They didn’t even show it. I started to give a joke answer and then Jeff cut me off and said “It’s a really good question! Take it seriously!” So I then had to talk about my incredible growth and how much I wanted to go out with the bros. It was ridiculous. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Brenda Lowe from 'Survivor' on that 'painful eye-opener' and why she hasn't spoken to Dawn since

Considering we barely saw or heard from Brenda Lowe in the first half of the Survivor: Caramoan season, we never expected her to be a part of one of the most gut-wrenching blindsides in recent memory. But there she was getting voted out by the person whose teeth she found. The same person whom she initially invited to join her for the loved ones reward. And the same person she had been offering round-the-clock friendship and support for during many an emotional breakdown. And that person was Dawn.

On the latest InsideTV Podcast, Brenda calls in to talk about the “painful eye-opener” of being voted out by the person she counted on the most. (Unbeknownest to her, Dawn actually had a stronger alliance with Cochran.) “It really hurt,” says Brenda, who goes on to reveal that while Dawn has attempted to reach out to her since the show wrapped last June, she has not responded to the woman that voted her out. What will happen when they share a stage at Sunday’s reunion then? Listen in and find out! Brenda also goes on to talk about what it was like to make Jeff Probst cry, why she never considered throwing the loved ones challenge, and the thing that surprised her the most watching the episodes back on TV. It’s a must-listen for any Survivor fan.

Then we talk to another ousted reality show beauty: Marilu Henner! Marilu was fired on the last All-Star Celebrity Apprentice after her Foxwoods party suite fell flat thanks to an overemphasis on chess (among other things.) Now, Marilu comes in to spill secrets on everything that goes on both inside and outside of the Boardroom. Plus: Is the game rigged against women? I pose that question to the former Taxi star and you may be surprised by her answer. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Caramoan': Jeff Probst on last night's brutal blindside and the one player left who cannot win

Each week, host Jeff Probst answers a few questions about the most recent episode of ‘Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites’.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I’ve always said there is little upside to winning the loved ones challenge. You either piss people off by not selecting to include them, or become too likable by giving up your own visit for others. And yet people keep trying to win the damn thing! Give any future Survivor contestants reading this a compelling reason to win this challenge.
JEFF PROBST: CONTROL. And often FOOD. Two big reasons that it’s hard to pass up. I agree with you that it can be tricky to navigate and if you don’t feel comfortable with your people skills or on the fly negotiating then maybe best to not worry so much about this one. No question in my mind I would play to win and I would use my power to negotiate. Nobody ever comes out and says — “How badly do you wanna hang with mom?” While you can’t enforce any promise in this game, it’s still huge leverage. Then I’d say to my mom “Love ya, mom, but I’m trading you in for a vote!  I’ll see ya back home. Now scat!” READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Andrea and Reynold from 'Survivor' talk mustaches, blindsides, and backstabbing former friends

They started the season of Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites in very different places. On the Fans tribe, Reynold Toepfer found himself on the outs pretty much immediately after trying to form a young hotties alliance that simply didn’t have the numbers. Over on the Favorites beach, however, Andrea Boehlke, made an immediate power play against her former fellow Redemption Island cast member and New York City pal Francesca Hogi, sending her former friend home and putting herself in the middle of the dominant alliance.

But both Reynold and Andrea ended up in the same place and on the same episode — the jury. Both were voted out on Wednesday’s double elimination episode of Survivor, and both called in together to a preview edition of Entertainment Weekly’s new SiriusXM radio show EW Morning Live, hosted by yours truly and Survivor: Amazon champ Jenna Morasca. (The full EW Radio channel launches on SiriusXM after Memorial Day.) Now, you too can hear that conversation as part of this week’s InsideTV Podcast.

We asked Andrea all about backstabbing Francesca and the online war of words that followed. We talked to Reynold about handing his immunity idol over to Malcolm. We spoke about being blindsided (Andrea) and blinding people through the power of mustache (Reynold). And you can hear it all by clicking on the audio player icon below.

But that’s not the only dynamic reality duo we have on tap this week! America’s favorite fake receptionist and elevator operator Amanda Miller and Adrian Acosta from All-Star Celebrity Apprentice stopped by our SiriusXM studio to share all the secrets from outside the Boardroom! Why does Amanda have approximately 3,271 pairs of scissors on her desk? Does Adrian’s elevator actually go anywhere? And what do they have to say about the celebs that have populated their reception area and elevator? Amanda and Adrian reveal all! READ FULL STORY

Jeff Probst warns more 'Survivor' tears are coming -- HIS OWN!

Each week, host Jeff Probst answers a few questions about the most recent episode of ‘Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites’.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Let’s start off with a question about the first immunity challenge in which the players had to balance their feet on narrow footholds. I’m too lazy to go compile stats to back this up, but these types of challenges always seem to clearly favor women with smaller feet. Much in the way that strength challenges are now done by percentage of body weight so that bigger men do not have an unfair advantage, has there ever been any thought to evening these types of contests out somehow — especially considering how the two smallest women went for hours longer than anyone else?
JEFF PROBST: Nope. Maybe we should. Our goal is to keep the challenges uneven, unpredictable, and yet hopefully still as fair as possible. There certainly isn’t a science to it and there is always room for improvement even when things aren’t broken. I’ll bring it up to the challenge department. It’s a note worth exploring. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Malcolm from 'Survivor' talks about his big double idol move and why he keeps getting played by older women

Malcolm Freberg loves the game of Survivor. And he loves it when people make big moves. So it was no surprise when he said that if he was gonna go out, he wanted to go out big. And he certainly did — using two hidden immunity idols last week (one for himself and one for Eddie). But was that a smart move? That question comes into clearer focus after the fan favorite was voted off on last night’s episode of Survivor: Caramoan. Now, Malcolm calls into the InsideTV Podcast to tell Jessica Shaw and me if he regrets not saving an idol for a rainy day. Malcolm reveals that they weren’t actually planning on playing both idols at all, instead using them as a bluff, until Erik called them on that very fact, thereby forcing their hand.

Malcolm also talks about how he keeps trusting older women (Lisa Whelchel, Dawn, Sherri) that seem to get the better of him, why he spent $20 on a beer, trying to find that last idol with Andrea hanging all over him (we give him one strategy he should have tried), his biggest regret, being reunited with Phillip at Ponderosa, and what he’ll be looking for when he casts his vote at the final Tribal Council. It’s a must-listen chat with the lead Amigo. And believe or not, he is neither drunk nor hungover when he calls!

But that’s not all. Our resident Game of Thrones expert James Hibberd then calls in to break down one of the biggest moments in the history of the HBO drama. James has talked to the show’s producers as well as actress Emilia Clarke and shares all the behind-the-scenes intel on last week’s big scene of Daenerys unleashing her dragon. He also sheds some light on what is going on with Theon Greyjoy’s mysterious captor as well as the machinations of creepy Varys, and what exactly is brewing between one-handed Jaime Lannister and former foe Brienne. If you’re a fan of the show, you won’t want to miss what James has to say.

And finally, Spartacus himself, Liam McIntyre, stopped by the studio to give his thoughts on the heartbreaking series finale of the Starz drama and the fact that Spartacus did not somehow make it out of the show alive. McIntyre also discusses “openly weeping” while watching the finale with the man who plays on-screen enemy Caesar, Todd Lasance, and how showrunner Steven S. DeKnight handled the brutal on-the-cross death of fan favorite Gannicus. It’s an entertaining and revealing chat sure to be enjoyed by all. READ FULL STORY

Jeff Probst talks about the big 'Survivor: Caramoan' food auction

Each week, host Jeff Probst answers a few questions about the most recent episode of ‘Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites’.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Jeff, you have to explain it to me because it drives me batty every single time. I know they are all starving. I get that. But why do people at the food auction not wait and spend every single dollar of their money on the items that can help them in the game? Malcolm and Cochran both got their idol clue and challenge advantage for less than $500! How can that happen?
JEFF PROBST: The beauty of Survivor is that there are always, I repeat, always people who are certain they are safe. For those people the auction is free food! There is also a strategy that says even though I am not certain I’m safe, if I show my alliance that I am concerned by going for an advantage at the auction they make think I am planning a move of my own and it may backfire, so better to stay with the crowd and go with the flow. As for how Cochran and Malcolm stole the clue and advantage – that is a good observation. I’m guessing people were so focused on the food in front of them they just stopped paying attention. Those who pay attention are often rewarded. Onward now, grasshopper. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Caramoan': Eliminated contestant says Malcolm 'was threatened by me'

SPOILER ALERT Stop reading now if you don’t want to know who got elminated from last night’s episode of Survivor. Click below to read a chat with the recently-booted castaway: READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Caramoan': Jeff Probst talks Phillip, tribal, and two immunity idols

Each week, host Jeff Probst answers a few questions about the most recent episode of ‘Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites’.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You seemed pretty appalled when Phillip announced he wouldn’t be competing for immunity. At that point, did you secretly hope that karma would come back and bite him in the butt?
JEFF PROBST: First off, some perspective… Any time Phillip says anything, anything at all, I’m interested. When he ups the stakes and declares something important or assigns a Stealth R Us name to another tribe mate, I immediately begin to zone out all other distractions. But when he shares a story of his childhood and it involves something that scarred him for life, I become 100% focused on him and only him. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Michael from 'Survivor' compares Phillip to Kim Jong-il. Plus: 'Mad Men,' 'New Girl,' 'The Voice'

He was best known as “My Gay” or “The Gay” during his run on Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites, but the man actually does have a name, and the name is Michael Snow. Michael was voted out of the game last night after the Favorites got cold feet about their plan to take out Malcolm so targeted the New Yorker instead.

Now, Michael calls into the InsideTV Podcast to talk all about his time on the island. How does he feel about Corinne’s comments about him? What other moves did he try to make to stick around longer? Why was he the only person out there who did not trust Dawn? And what’s the one thing he would change about his game if he could go back and do it over again. Michael reveals all, while also naming Phillip as his least favorite Favorite and comparing the Specialist to another unpopular leader, Kim Jong-iL. To hear it all for yourself just click on the audio player below! (The Survivor discussion and interview begins at 16:25.)

But first, we check in on a trio of other shows. Jessica Shaw loved the Mad Men season premiere while I was a bit lukewarm on it. We discuss and debate what works best on the AMC drama and where this season may be headed. Then, we’ve always worried about anything involving Winston on New Girl, but now we’re concerned with the charade of a Cece wedding storyline currently taking place — especially when we both agree there is absolutely no chance whatsoever that she will end up actually getting married. Has New Girl hit a bit of a rocky patch, and what can the show do to get out of it? (The New Girl chat begins at 6:30.)

Finally, we weigh in on the new coaches on The Voice. Has the show traded up or down with the switch from Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green to Shakira and Usher? I have some definite opinions about this Aguilera-less season of the NBC hit. (The Voice talk starts at 11:00.) READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Caramoan': Jeff Probst talks about Malcolm's crazy Tribal Council move

Each week, host Jeff Probst answers a few questions about the most recent episode of ‘Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites’.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Loved this episode, but I want to start with a procedural question for you about the reward challenge. We saw the purple team throw first, and the purple team was the first one to get to four points and were then declared the winners. But shouldn’t the orange team — since they were shown as having gone second — have been allowed one more throw to match and tie and possibly send the contest into another tiebreaker round? Or was there more to the competition that didn’t make it to the final edit?
JEFF PROBST: Good eyes. That match was originally played to five but due to so much great stuff happening in the episode we shaved it down to four points! You bring up an important point — there are times where we might reduce the number of total points played in a challenge but it obviously never changes the outcome. Whoever wins, wins. Sometimes we just have too much show and in this case, that’s a good thing!! I love how closely you watch our show and I always love it when you love an episode!  READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Corinne from 'Survivor' compares Phillip to a handicapped child and calls him 'the living miscarriage'

We all knew Survivor: Caramoan’s Corinne Kaplan was not exactly what you would call a big Phillip Sheppard fan. And it is foolish at this point to be shocked or surprised by anything that comes out of Corinne’s mouth. Well, call us fools because Jessica Shaw and I were not prepared for the verbal onslaught Corinne unleashed on the newest edition of the InsideTV Podcast. “I don’t have anything nice to say about him,” Corinne began when asked about her island tormentor. But the woman who was voted out on last night’s episode had plenty of not nice things to say, including comparing The Specialist to a handicapped child and referring to him as “The Living Miscarriage.”

But Corinne does not stop there. Nor does she pull punches when discussing where and why it all went wrong for her in the game, revealing that she only told Dawn about the plan to move against Phillip because Dawn was having repeated “mental breakdowns” and needed comforting. She also shares her bitter disappointment at making it to the merge but not the jury. “That’s when my whole world fell apart,” says Corinne. It’s a must-listen chat for any Survivor fan. (The Survivor discussion and interview begins at 21:30.)

But first, our resident Game of Thrones expert James Hibberd calls in to talk all things Westeros. He offers up exclusive intel on what to expect going forward while also breaking down the season 3 premiere and offering his opinion on which storylines are working best and worst. Curious when Jaime Lannister and some of the Stark children are going to be showing up? James will let you know! READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Caramoan': Jeff Probst weighs in on the food challenge and last night's blindside

Image credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Image credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Each week, host Jeff Probst answers a few questions about the most recent episode of ‘Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites’.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I was never a fan of the smoothie food challenge because I felt putting the contents into liquid form toned down the gnarly factor a bit. So I was very happy to see the contestants back to suffering while attempting to put down the food in its original form. But why the decision on your end to go old school as opposed to smoothie style?
JEFF PROBST: Typically it goes like this — if we have great, organic, unusual types of food for them to eat then we do it “old school.” Sometimes we want to do a gross food eating but we only have typical sea creatures like octopus or squid — not unusual enough to warrant the old school approach so we try the smoothie. I do agree with you however and think the smoothie approach may be retired. Once again, Dalton Ross impacting the future of Survivor. Now if we could just get rid of that final three. READ FULL STORY

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