Jon lies about dead grandma; Jeff Probst says Jon “is one of the best villains.”

Jon lies about dead grandma; Jeff Probst says Jon “is one of the best villains.”
Not that it wasn’t already painful to look at him, but now Jon Dalton is officially the most disgusting thing on Survivor Pearl Islands. (Hell, he wouldn’t even have competition if a whale carcass infested with eight million vomit-soaked maggots swimming in a pool of rotting milk washed ashore.) On last Wednesday’s, the “greatest lie ever told on Survivor” promised by Jeff Probst was revealed, and it involved Jon lying about his grandmother’s death. Even better, it turned out Jon planned this in advance, before leaving whatever rock he crawled out from underneath. He used her “death” to his advantage, as the rest of the tribe let him win the reward challenge; later he convinced dummies Sandra and Christa to trust him and vote with him, saying, “I swear on my grandmother.” Tijuana got the boot as a result. Jeff Probst tells Zap2it.com that Jon, who “would show up at Tribal Council drunk,” “knows he went into the game as a villain, and he played it that way” and as a result “is one of the best villains we’ve ever had.”
+ also: Survivor 9 casting (application).

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.