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No one was safe on "Survivor: Nicaragua" this week as both tribes were required to vote out a member at Tribal Council. The La Flor tribe initially had a tie vote between Marty and Kelly B, but in the second vote chose to send Kelly B home because they considered her the bigger threat. They felt that because she possesses a prosthetic leg, she would get the sympathy vote and the $1 million if she made it to the final three. ET talks to the 26-year-old student med student from Durham, NC about her trials and tribulations in Nicaragua.
ET: When you signed on to do "Survivor," how did you think the other contestants would respond to your prosthetic leg?
Kelly B: Mostly, I was expecting a little hesitation -- [of them] being unsure of what I was capable of. I think that is why I went into it trying to prove myself before anyone had a chance of making a first impression. I didn't expect it to become such a big issue. I figured once I proved I was the same as everyone else out there, it wouldn't be an issue anymore and it seems that quite the opposite occurred.
ET: Do you believe that your tribe was correct in assuming that if you got to the finale you would have been given the $1 million because of it?
Kelly B: This idea of the sympathy vote and that I deserved the money more than anyone else I find it amusing because they are the ones that are voting. Maybe they felt that I deserved it more. I certainly didn't think so. My point of view was: We are all in the same boat. We are all playing the same game. We are all under the same circumstances. I was a little surprised that they felt so strongly that they would vote for me to win the $1 million if I made it to the final three.
ET: Did you think you were safe going into Tribal Council because you felt that the tribe would vote out the older people first?
Kelly B: Yes, I think I was a little bit too confident. We had discussed it earlier on before the swap that the young tribe would stick together and then come back together in the merge. I think I actually believed that. I figured we had the numbers so it would be easy to pick off the older tribe one by one. I think I made the mistake because Jane kind of went with the younger tribe. She didn't feel comfortable with Marty and Jill, so she kind of got incorporated into the younger tribe, which made it six-two. So, they didn't need my vote. They were already in a strong position. I think that is why I was so surprised when I got voted off. I went into Tribal Council feeling that I was safe.
ET: What was the hardest part?
Kelly B: Personally, I think it was the emotional roller coaster of dealing with both the environment and the conditions we were under. Also, the strategizing -- especially with me, with my relationship with NaOnka and the difficulties from that. Certainly, it was a very emotional time with very little support. You are lonely.
ET: Now that you're gone, who are you rooting for?
Kelly B: Alina stood by me the whole time, even when NaOnka targeted me. She is a strong player. She is a competitive individual. I had a lot of respect for her, even when we were out there. If I wish well for anyone, it is her.
ET: Was your "Survivor" experience positive enough that you would want to do it again?
Kelly B: I would love to go back, especially with the perspective I have now to maybe change a couple of the things I did. Maybe be a little more aggressive player and maybe a little less trusting. I would love to go back and do it again and play harder.
"Survivor: Nicaragua" airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. on CBS.