Billy falls in love with Candice at a Survivor Cook Islands challenge

Billy was voted off Survivor Cook Islands last night after his tribe threw the challenge just to get rid of him. But he told Jeff Probst something at Tribal Council that was perhaps the most unexpected, random moment in the show’s 13 season history. Here’s how the conversation went:

Billy: “My prize was that I fell in love in this game, love at first sight. Her name is Candace.” (laughter from his tribemates)

Probst:Candice from Raro tribe?

Billy: “Yeah, at the last challenge, we sort of mouthed the words ‘I love you’ to each other, so that was my prize, and my prize was her.”

Probst: “I’ve never heard anything that surprised me more than what you just said. And I want to be respectful because I don’t know what happened. But what would she base feeling the same way you feel on?”

Billy: “I think it’s just love at first sight. I think it’s just a rapport thing.”

Probst: “So you’re absolutely sincere right now.”

Billy: “I’m dead serious.”

This would be touching and cute except for that fact that Billy clearly read into something that just wasn’t there. At the challenge, Candice told the entire Aitu tribe, “I feel really bad for you guys.” Billy quietly told her, “I’m next.” She said, “We love you,” and then, ignoring the “we,” replied, “I love you” while looking sheepish. So very, very sad.

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