Shane says he gave up acting in 1998

Last week, Shane Powers was stabbed in the back by his own alliance, and the sometimes psychotic Survivor Panama contestant we loved to hate joined the jury.

In his requisite TV Guide interview, Shane addresses his behavior and the big question: As an actor, is he just a plant? He says that his acting career actually came up during casting, although he says he “gave it up in 1998. … That whole life has been over for me. If there was something that was clever and witty that I could have control over, and there was a lot of money involved, I’m definitely interested. But that’s not why I went on Survivor,” he says.

In the rest of the interview, Shane comes across as remarkably intelligent and insightful. “I’m sure there’s a huge section of America that would never get me, and even though they may not get who I am, as a result of how I went out on the show, they can at least relate to my integrity and my keeping my word,” he says.

He doesn’t do much, however, to clear up any creepiness people feel about his relationship with his son. “We’re like brothers, except I get to tell him what to do. It’s the most amazing scenario ever for me,” Shane says.

Survivor’s Shane Smoked by Betrayal [TV Guide]

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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.