Survivor cast “really scared for our safety” after Phillip’s rant, went to producers, Julie says
Phillip Sheppard’s accusations of racism on Survivor Redemption Island that turned into a fascinating Tribal Council discussion about race freaked out other cast members enough that they went to producers.
“We were really scared for our safety…Every day got worse with him,” evicted cast member Julie Wolfe told E!’s Drusilla Moorhouse. She said they confronted producers. “We actually did, really. We were really concerned for our safety after that racial fight, because there was that tension, and it came out of the craziness. All the threats, they felt real. We kinda slept with one eye open—we never did really sleep, but we had our eyes open looking for that guy.” However, Julie admits that it may have been unnecessary fear: “I laugh about it now. [But] it was a true concern.”
The rest of the interview is a fascinating read; perhaps most interestingly, Julie says her tribe would have voted Rob out first, too. That may be difficult to believe because Rob basically orchestrated her tribe’s decimation, and we’ve seen that Rob’s social game is much more effective, but it also runs counter to the idea that Rob’s social game is what has made him so effective. Perhaps it was just his tribe’s willingness to go along with him.
Julie said that she was actually anti-Russell because of his strategy (though she now regrets throwing the challenge because of its reward, she said in a separate interview). She told E!, “He told me he had an [Immunity] Idol. He said, ‘You know what, I had an Idol before I got on this game—production gave me an Idol.’ I believed him. I was gonna do anything I could to make that man believe I was on his side, because I didn’t want him to use that Idol that someone gave him before the [game started]. He had killer strategy. If Rob was on our tribe he also would’ve been the first to go,” she said.